Friday, November 27, 2009

What is the best Paid Genealogy site on the net

I was reading an article the other day about Ancestry.com. As you can imagine they are the biggest online provider of family research. Its not all good for them as half of their members take out membership and then cancel. Are you one of those departing members, i am, i seem to chop and change. I don't think that they have enough records to keep me interested as i am always on the lookout for something different.
Looking for our Ancestors has become very popular, especially with the Baby Boomers. As they age, more will become interested in this pastime. Ancestry will have to come up with a better service to keep them happy.
So what do you think? have you found a better provider or are you happy staying with Ancestry?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Free BMD Records Lancashire

When you find a good resource like this one , make a note of the web page and return often. I had been looking for a birth record and i found it on this site ,it had only been updated a few days ago. As these site are being updated often you may be surprised to find a record that had not been available on your last visit.

http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk

What does Soundex mean

The National Archives uses a system called Soundex to index census records (1880-1930) and some of their passenger arrival records (also called immigration records). The Soundex system is based on the sound of a name rather than the exact spelling. Each Soundex Code contains the first letter of the surname followed by three numbers. Example: the Soundex Code for Hoffmann is H155. To use this system you simply convert the surname you are searching for into a Soundex Code. Then look for the appropriate microfilm roll that contains that code. The easiest way to do this is to use Rootsweb's Soundex Converter. Enter a surname, click on "get soundex code," and the soundex code is returned to you

http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/soundexconverter?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978

Friday, November 20, 2009

Free Records 1901 Irish Census,County Down

This site has just been updated so there may be the records here now that you have been searching for.
The new places in County Down are Ballykine Lower, Ballykine Upper and Creevytenant.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meaneypj/Latest_Updates/updates_latest.htm

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Passenger Lists

Unfortunately these records are not free but a good source in tracing your ancestors. It is free to search the records, you have to pay to view the original.

http://www.ancestorsonboard.com/

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Child Immigrants to Canada

For me the name 'Fairbridge' brings to mind the farm school at Pinjarra in Western Australia. For others it may mean Canada.

I came across a Fairbridge website that had the ships records for Dr Barnardo's children traveling to Canada . This site may be useful if you are researching Child Immigrants to Canada.

http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/~marj/genealogy/children/lists/fairbridge.html

Friday, November 13, 2009

Irish Parish Records

The National Library for Ireland is located on Kildare Street in Dublin. For anyone researching Irish Family history its a good place to view Parish Records for Ireland. For those who can only search online the library has links to view the records for a fee. If you have been searching for a while,then you will realise that sometimes its worth paying a small fee to see the record. View the website on line here.

http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

Monday, November 9, 2009

Free County Down Birth Records

'Raymonds County Down Web Site' has been updated for the years 1865 to 1875 on the birth records.
The new records now go as far as surnames starting with the letter H. For my own research i am waiting for the letter L but this site has lots of goodies to search through so take a look.

http://www.raymondscountydownwebsite.com/

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Free Irish Ancestor Records

This site is aimed at those people who are interested in Irish Family History. There is a free search of one million records from Griffiths Valuation, which is available once you have taken a free membership.
With Discussion Forums and links for each County it is well worth having a good look at.

http://www.myirishancestry.com

Irish Citizenship

If you have at least one parent, grandparent or, possibly, a great-grandparent who was born in Ireland then you may be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship. Dual citizenship is allowed for many countries, including Ireland the United States and Australia. Once you become an Irish citizen any children born to you (after your citizenship is granted) will also be eligible for citizenship. Citizenship also allows you the right to apply for an Irish passport which grants you membership in the European Union and the right to travel, live or work in any of its fifteen member states: Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Anyone born in Ireland are automatically granted Irish citizenship. You are also automatically considered an Irish citizen if you are born outside of Ireland to a mother or father who was born in Ireland. A person born in Northern Ireland after December 1922 with a parent or grandparent born in Ireland prior to December 1922 is automatically an Irish citizen.
Even if you always assumed that your grandparents were English, you might want to check their birth records to learn if they really meant England - or if they were possibly born in Ulster, the province which is Northern Ireland. Although occupied by the British, the Irish constitution claims Northern Ireland to be part of the Republic of Ireland, therefore most people born in Northern Ireland prior to 1922 are Irish by birth. If this applies to your parent or grandparent, then you are also considered to be an Irish citizen.

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act of 1956 provides that certain persons born outside of Ireland may claim Irish citizenship by descent.Anyone born outside Ireland whose grandmother or grandfather, but not his or her parents, were born in Ireland may become an Irish citizen by registering in the Irish Foreign Births Register (FBR) at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin or at the nearest Irish Embassy or Consular Office.
There are also certain limited circumstances where you may be eligible to obtain Irish citizenship through your great-grandmother or great-grandfather. This can be a bit complicated, but basically if your great-grandparent was born in Ireland and your parent used that relationship to register as an Irish Citizen by Descent by the time of your birth, then you are also eligible to register for Irish citizenship. Citizenship by descent is not automatic and must be acquired through application