Genealogy SIG Newsletter: February 2014
What’s new on Ancestry

It’s getting difficult to keep up with Ancestry! They are regularly updating their existing collections as well as adding new databases worldwide. However as I have mentioned before, there is no indication as to what the "update" might contain, so it's a matter of "if you didn't find it before, it may be worth looking again!"

Recent additions include parish register collections from England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, but as far as I can see some, if not all of these records were previously available on Family Search

Some new additions which might be of interest:

To keep an eye on new records as they are added, click HERE

What’s new in FindmyPast

Findmypast in partnership with the British Library have recently published over 2.5 million records detailing the lives of the British in India from 1689 to 1947.

They have also added more than 88,000 British military records of soldiers who served in the Royal Tank Corps 1919-1934.

Subscription changes
Findmypast have recently reviewed their subscription payment methods and it is now possible to sign up for a one month subscription rather than taking a full year subscription. Useful if you want to have a quick look to see what records they have on offer, or for doing a month’s concentrated research.

RATES 1 month 12 months
UK subscription £9.95 £99.50
World subscription £12.95 £129.00

World War One Centenary

'The day the lights went out in Europe'
August 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. Very few people in the countries involved remained unaffected with children growing up in the shadow of battle, their fathers absent or lost. A number of research projects and commemorative ceremonies will be taking place over the next four years, marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Some useful websites:

Something which may be of interest to JCC members who spend time in the UK: “Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine have created a central map where people can find out about projects near to them or where their ancestors lived: Britain Remembers: The First World War Project Map

Source of above links and further information: Family Tree Forum WW1 Centenary

Special Offers

Three offers you might be interested in - two are only valid until the end of February, the other valid until end of March.

50 free credits on Findmypast.
Code expires on 1st March 2014 so make sure you use it before then. The credits are valid for 90 days.
Click here to claim free credits. (Special code - TASTER)
(Note: sometimes the links to Findmypast don't work properly and you are taken to the FMP home page. If this happens it may be necessary to click the link a second time which normally takes you to the correct page.)

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Your Old Books & Maps
The website contains a number of high definition old maps which you may find useful in your research. Free access during February 2014 only.
Click here - REGISTER on the website - access YOUR MAPS ONLINE INDEX FOR FREE DOWNLOAD.

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British Newspaper Archive
Get full access to the British Newspaper Archive for 2 consecutive days for only £1! Offer valid until 31st March 2014
Click here - click PURCHASE PACKAGES - select 2 day package and enter promotional code: NEWSATONE
The £1 subscription will give you 500 credits which will allow you to view/download 100 pages over the 2 day period.

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Hope you have found something of interest, until next time ..

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