26 Aug 2016 2016 Sale

The 2016 sale deadline approaches. Get double credits on vouchers for England, Wales, Republic of Ireland, and Scotland burial records if you order before midnight (British Summer Time) on 29 August 2016. All voucher purchases double in value under the "buy one get one free" offer. Voucher purchases start at £5.00 (approx. US$6.57). For every voucher purchased, the same value will be added to your account in the form of a bonus. I was happy to see that vouchers that had expired were also returned to my account. 2016 Sale Promo Code When purchasing vouchers, click on 'add a promotion code' and enter the special code AUG16DBLV in the box provided. As I've noted before, this site offers free searches of a centralized database for burials and cremations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. However, like ScotlandsPeople, you can search for free, but viewing and downloading actual records costs a certain number [...]

23 Jun 2014

Free Scottish Research Webinars

Free Scottish Research Webinars are being offered this week by the Family History Library. These are part of a series of webinars that will be made available on a monthly basis throughout the rest of the year. The Family History Library will announce future webinars on the FamilySearch blog. Of the series this week, the Family History Library writes, "Research in Scotland classes will be presented by various Accredited Genealogists at the Family History Library. Learn how to use Scotland Census, Church, and Civil Registration and other records to document the lives of your ancestors. Learn where to find these records, how to use them and what information can be found in these valuable historical records." Meeting Name: British Isles Research Series Invited By: Raymon Naisbitt Class: Scotland Maps and Gazetteers When: June 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am Class: Scotland Websites When: June 23, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Class: Scotland Census Records When: June 24, 2014 from [...]

31 Dec 2013

Happy New Year from My Viking Ancestors

Courtesy Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Happy New Year from my Viking ancestors (and their descendants) to all my readers. Hogmanay celebrations are underway with a torchlight procession through the center of Edinburgh to kick off three days of celebration. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and one of these years I'm going to be there celebrating too. And here's a bit familiar to genealogists: Hogmanay has 16 other possible spellings! Of the New Year celebrations, Wikipedia states: There are many customs, both national and local, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal, shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake) intended to bring different kinds of luck to the [...]

13 Apr 2013 offers free searches of a centralized database for burials and cremations in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Similar to ScotlandsPeople, you can search for free, but downloading actual records costs a certain number of credits. Available records include: Digital scans of cremation and burial registers Digital scans of books of remembrance Photographs of graves and memorials Cemetery maps showing grave locations Other occupants in the same grave Deceased Online is the first central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland. The advantage of this site is its aggregation of data, eliminating the need to research more than 3,000 burial authorities and over 250 crematoria in the UK alone, each independently holding their own registers, mostly as old fragile books. Searches can be customized by country, region, county, or individual burial authority or crematorium together with name. Deceased Online works with UK burial [...]