Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Web site updates and British Institute

The Web site "1837online" now has a new name "findmypast.com." The new name, according to their website, better reflects who they are, having outgrown the "1837online." If you have used 1837online, then you will probably have to have a new user name and password.

Findmypast.com now includes, in addition to birth, marriage and deaths, military, census, migration, directories and occupations. These records can go back as far as 1656 up to 2004. If you haven't looked at this site recently, you really should go to http://www.findmypast.com and see what's new.


The 6th Annual British Institute was held during the first week of October this year and two tracks were offered, Welsh II, and Solving Problems and Research Strategies. Each morning found everyone in class and each afternoon everyone was using the records housed at the Family History Library, applying what was learned in the morning as it applied to personal research. The instructors were available in the library to help and offer suggestions to each attendee in the afternoon. Next year it is hoped to have three tracks available for attendees to choose from. The 7th Annual British Institute will be offered 8 - 12 October 2006 in Salt Lake City. Check here or at the Society's Web site for updates, etc.

A number of Web sites are available that will help you keep abreast of new resources for your research: Cyndi's list-what's new ; Family Tree Magazine; Dick Eastman's blog and The National Archives. Follow the links to "news" or "what's new."

Also check to see if your county of research has an on-line newsletter. A great way to stay on top of things. If you aren't a member of the county's family history society, you should be. Many times, various records are printed in the newletter/quarterly and will never see their way to the internet or to a book.

Do you have a great Web site you use for your British Isles research that you think others should know about? If so, please send it our way and we'll post it here.

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