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  • War Memorials

    This page contains links to war memorials and military cemeteries.

    For cemeteries, tombstones and graveyards worldwide see: Cemeteries Online Worldwide.

    Links for specific UK towns will be found on the relevant county pages. ...
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  • Searching for the Deceased

    Once you have a death certificate for your ancestor you may want to find out what happened to their body. This will mean investigating burial records and, if the death was in the last few decades, cremation records.

    Cremation If the death occurred before 1900 then it is extremely unlikely the body will have been cremated. Before 1901 there were only about 100 cremations in England and Wales and even after legislation was passed in 1902 setting out procedural rules for cremation, many people...
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  • Cemeteries Online Worldwide


    This page contains links to cemeteries, tombstones and graveyards worldwide.

    For war memorials and military cemeteries see FTF Guide: War Memorials.

    Links for specific UK towns will be found on the relevant county pages. ...
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  • 1939 Register

    The National Registration Act 1939 established a National Register which began on 29th September 1939. The data collected was used to produce up-to-date population statistics and identification cards as well as helping to administer conscription. The following year, when rationing was introduced, the register was used for the issuing of ration books and at a later date, after the war, it helped in the creation of the National Health Service. The Register is an important set of records for genealo...
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  • Wills and Probate

    Wills may mention dead ancestors, pregnant wives, married daughters, grandchildren .... you have a snapshot of circumstances when the will was made, not when the testator died.

    You cannot tell how much detail a will may contain until you’ve read it. A will may be the only document to link branches of the family living in different counties, particularly after 1901. What a will does not tell you is someone’s full fortune. Land is generally not mentioned in wills. Conversely, some people's wills totalled more than their assets...
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  • Research Guides


    The table below gives links to the pages of advice in the Reference Library for specific research areas.

    The pages have been written over the years by the members and will contain links to other useful resources and websites.

    We do try to keep them up to date but links do break as sites disappear and procedures and contact details may change, so we are grateful for any corrections.

    Registered members will be able to comment below the relevant page but non-members can contact us through Contact Us. ...
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  • The Royal Air Force

    This page gathers together resources specific to the Royal Air Force and its associated branches.

    For more detailed advice on tracing the service records for your ancestors who served in the RAF, please see our FTF Guide: Military Research ...
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  • Transport: Roads and Railways

    This page collects together resources which will give you an insight into the history and development of road transport and the railways.

    The article includes links to resources which might lead you to finding your own ancestors. ...
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  • vB Issue: Choosing forum when you are copying or moving posts

    Choosing forum when you are copying or moving posts

    I'll just post this and use it as an example.
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  • Choosing forum when you are copying or moving posts
    by Caroline
    I'll just post this and use it as an example.
    30-03-20, 11:53
  • Choosing forum when you are copying or moving posts
    by Caroline
    I'll just post this and use it as an example.
    30-03-20, 11:53
  • World Index
    by Caroline
    On this page, you will find links to all the countries which have a page in the Reference Library.

    Included here are links to resources which are of global interest, historically, geographically or genealogically.

    Links which are specific to a nation or area of a country will be found on their own page.

    If you come across any links which you think will be of interest for this page, please add them to the comment box at the foot of the page and a moderator...
    07-03-20, 16:36
  • The British Isles Index
    by Caroline
    The British Isles are a group of islands situated off the northwest coast of Europe.

    They include Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man, as well as 6,000+ smaller islands.

    You will find links to resources for general interest along with links to specific countries. Each country's page has links to pages which contain resources specific...
    07-03-20, 13:37
  • General Historical Resources
    by Caroline
    Our ancestors (like us) were shaped by the world they lived in and the sudden movement of a family, for example, from their birthplace to another part of the country could be explained by what was happening in the wider world.

    The resources in this section will help you to find out about the history of the times in which your ancestors lived. Where possible, they have been grouped together in separate articles. A miscellany of resources can be found on this page.

    The Family...
    07-03-20, 10:41
  • by JayG
    Thanks Caroline, as my sister and I have the same parents I wasn't sure her testing would help, likewise for dad and his sister. There is no one alive at grandparent level so I'm trying to work out the best way my close living relatives could help without it becoming unmanageable!

    I know my sister will do a test as we've talked about it before so I will ordered a kit for her.
    06-03-20, 16:24
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