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Tuesday's Tip: Cornish ancestors? View Cornwall parish records.

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If you have Cornish ancestors, you may be interested to know you can browse images of the original parish registers at FamilySearch.

If you're a member of Ancestry, these images are also available at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9848

Tip: try using the Cornwall Online Parish Clerk database to obtain a date for an event before looking up the original image.

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Explore 2 million new Non-Conformist records on FindMyPast

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Just a quick note for anyone with Non-Conformist ancestors, FindMyPast have now added Non-Conformist baptism, marriage and burial records to their collections.

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240,000 extra newspaper pages now online

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Thousands of historical newspaper pages are added to The British Newspaper Archive every week, so the coverage keeps getting better and better.

In the last month, 240,000 extra pages from 1790-1954 were made searchable. 56 English and Scottish newspaper titles were updated, including the Aberdeen Journal, the Kent & Sussex Courier and the Morpeth Herald.

The additions also included three brand new titles:
  • Dundee, Perth and Forfar People’s Journal, covering 1858-1861.
  • Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, covering 1913, 1915 and 1924.
  • Penny Illustrated Paper, covering 1862-1870.
You'll find more information and a full list of recent additions here.

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New 1 month subscription for The British Newspaper Archive

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Newspapers can add flesh to the bones of our ancestors' lives so you may be interested to know The British Newspaper Archive have reduced the cost of their 1 month subscription to £9.95 with unlimited access.

Note, if you have a FindMyPast subscription, then you get The British Newspaper Archive as part of your subscription.

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Follow Friday: Photo Books from Shutterfly.com

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A couple of months ago, I created and ordered a book from Shutterfly.com and gave it as a Christmas present. I couldn't blog about it before as I didn't want to give the game away.

Anyhow, I thought I'd write about how pleased I am with the product - the finish is excellent. I ordered the 8x11 inch hard photo cover book and created a Custom Book rather than using the Simple Path. Although a bit fiddly and time-consuming because everything is done over the internet, the results are absolutely worth it. The pages are glossy and my photographs came out exceptionally well.

Called 'Ancestral Trails - Pathways to the Past', my theme for the book was the homes and districts where my paternal ancestors lived and worked using modern day photographs. I'd taken most of the photos on family history trips. I also added text and labels to explain the pictures.

Because I live in the UK, the postage and packaging almost doubled the cost but I can highly recommend the product and the service and I'm glad I ordered an extra copy for myself.

So, without further ado, here are some images of the book.

Shutterfly Photo Book
Front Cover

Shutterfly Photo Book
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Shutterfly Photo Book
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Shutterfly Photo Book
Even this close-up doesn't quite do the actual quality of the book justice
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Shutterfly Photo Book
Back Cover

Disclaimer - this is my own personal opinion and I have no affiliation to Shutterfly.

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Follow Friday: Preserving your personal family tree website for posterity

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UK Web ArchiveIf you have your own family tree website you might consider archiving it to a CD or DVD and handing it on to the next generation. After all, who's going to maintain your site after you've gone? The snag here though, is that there'll be a finite number of peope who'll be able to appreciate your efforts and that's only if they happen to share your interest. You could find your research destined for a dusty drawer or, worse still, put out with the rubbish.

In this digital age of readily available information, it seems logical that your site should remain on the internet for a wider audience to read and enjoy. So how do we do this?.....Read more »

Words, names, numbers and dates, not forgetting the Latin

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Have you ever found difficulty in deciphering names in old parish registers written in Latin? If so, FREEREG has a useful guide to how these Latin names correspond to the spoken names which are, more often than not, the same as the names we use today. For instance, did you ever expect the Latin for Arthur would be Arcturus or Arturus? Jacobus is James, not Jacob as one might expect. Fida is Faith and Amabilia is Mabel.
Latin Names & Abbreviations

FREEREG also has a list of abbreviated Christian names which often crop up in old documents. Most are fairly obvious but you might want to be reminded that Gul. and Guliel are abbreviations of William, taken from the Latin, Gulielmus.
Real Names and Abbreviations

Next, there's a page dedicated to a few Latin words which often appear in old registers. For example, nupsit means married and parochia means parish.
Latin Words to Recognise

Lastly, there's a handy explanation of the minefield that is numbers and dates. You're shown the standard way to enter dates for genealogy records, different formats for Latin numbers and the oddity of the calendar change in 1752. To finish up, there's a brief explanation about Regnal years.
Numbers and Dates

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Tuesday's Tip: Use your site's ads to find new genealogy sites

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If you have a blog or family history website of your own then displaying adverts via the various schemes available can be a good way of discovering new genealogy websites. Monitor the text adverts appearing on your site and make a note of the website address (note: don't click on the ads yourself or you'll most likely get penalised by the company running the ad scheme). Once you have the address, you can look up the sites at your leisure.

I came across a fairly new genealogy search engine called Mocavo in this way. This site is in its infancy but promises to be a useful tool as more and more resources are added to the site. Nevertheless, it's surprising what you can already find. One feature I found helpful is the search engine is picking up discussions posted by others to various message boards. This can often lead to connections and discoveries which you might not have otherwise made.

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Tuesday's Tip: Essex ancestors? Use SEAX to trace them

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SEAXToday my focus is on the excellent SEAX website. For those who haven't come across SEAX before, this website holds the online computerised catalogue for the Essex Record Office (ERO) located in Chelmsford, and can be accessed at http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk.

Although SEAX contains descriptions of documents, it doesn't contain the actual text within them. However, the ERO are continually scanning their collections and adding them to the system so they can be viewed online – and the best bit is that these scans of the original documents are free to view......Read more »

Tuesday's Tip: Marriage Settlements in England & Wales

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Wedding RingsAnother family history researcher recently sent me a transcript of a marriage settlement involving my Dando line. As these documents can be a little confusing I decided to search for a useful online guide and came across the following link among the Learning Resources at FamilySearch:

Marriage Settlements in England and Wales

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