FINDING who your ancestors were is now one of the most popular hobbies in the UK. Over 1.6 million Britons are searching the internet for data on their family history. But currently the websites for genealogical searches make the process of locating the right birth, marriage or death records (BMD) time-consuming and costly. Things are about to change: a revolutionary new website is making searches for BMD in England and Wales much faster, more accurate, and thus a whole lot cheaper.
Familyrelatives.org is an exciting new internet tool which puts the control of searches directly into the hands of the person actually doing the research. For the period 1866-1920 over 150 million records for BMD have been transcribed and are fully searchable, and an image of the original register entry is also available. Images have been digitised in greyscale not simple black and white, which means they are clearer and easier to read than anything else on the net. A further 150 million records can be searched for the period 1921-2002.
Familyrelatives.org has revolutionary new search capabilities that allow the researcher to find an ancestor quickly and identify the exact record needed. Searches can be made by forename, surname, mother’s maiden name, spouse’s maiden name, approximate age at death (+/- 5 years), year of event, year range, geographical area as well as official registry districts. Which means if your great-grandfather was John Smith and you know he was born in Oldham you’ll be spending a lot less time and money finding his birth certificate details than you would on other genealogy websites.
Other genealogical websites exist to help family history research but they are more limited because they either have incomplete data or restricted search capabilities which means you can end up going through page after page before you find your exact match.
Searches on familyrelatives.org are inexpensive: a single search costs 20p. All search information can be kept on the user’s account details—so you can review your past research results for free for up to three months.
The site also has useful essay pages in association with the Oxford University Press and Readers Digest, giving free and professional guidance about how to conduct family history research, information about the history of names and plenty of interesting factoids about popular names and so on.
And the site is set to get bigger and better. Treequest Ltd., the company behind Familyrelatives.org, says “We’re delighted at what’s been achieved already—access to a database of over 300 million names, search facilities with pinpoint accuracy—there’s nothing like it on the web. But we are already planning expansion: there are future projects which will see a whole range of genealogical documents and records put online.”
For further press information please contact Andrew Gregory at Hamilton PR on 01892 546599. For additional information please visit www.familyrelatives.org
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