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Re: Ancestry.co.uk

Posted: 16 Feb 2019, 09:06
by Wendyf
I don't think it's any cheaper at local register offices. The pdf versions are fine at £7.00, hopefully they will add marriages soon.
If you are thinking of getting a birth cert just to find a mother's maiden name you don't need to anymore, that information is available on the GRO website.

Re: Ancestry.co.uk

Posted: 16 Feb 2019, 11:12
by Tripps
Thanks for that information. looks like I'm well off the pace on genealogy. :smile:


GRO has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth and death records. From the 16th February 2019 PDF’s have become a permanent service.

Hot off the press - that's today!

I just had a quick look, and I'm surprised Ancestry are still in business - so much available for no charge. :smile: Perhaps it explains why they are pushing the DNA testing side of things?

Re: Ancestry.co.uk

Posted: 16 Feb 2019, 12:06
by Wendyf
I still use both Ancestry and Find My Past on a regular basis, there are new records being added all the time. It still gives me a thrill to be able to see the original parish registers! I also have a subscription to the Forces War Records website which is occasionally useful when the other sites have failed.

Re: Ancestry.co.uk

Posted: 17 Feb 2019, 03:11
by Stanley
:good:

Re: Ancestry.co.uk

Posted: 01 Mar 2019, 17:09
by Whyperion
Wendyf wrote:
16 Feb 2019, 09:06
I don't think it's any cheaper at local register offices. The pdf versions are fine at £7.00, hopefully they will add marriages soon.
If you are thinking of getting a birth cert just to find a mother's maiden name you don't need to anymore, that information is available on the GRO website.
Thanks, thats useful. It was always more from the GRO if items were posted rather than collected (I had the advantage of being in London doing the main research and travelling on a child-rate train ticket and walking accross waterloo bridge !) ( correction I didnt walk- going off peak I could take my bicycle ).

I found building trees- after finding the correct editing of persons - fairly straightforward on Ancestry. I will probably do some more when I get to lancashire libraries ( as they have some newspaper records too ), or there are more free (often just uk records or miliary records ) days. I probably correct ancestry on some spellings, but even with good scan and screen resolutions I find the cursive writing and name abbreviations confusing as to what was actually intended - along with some obscure trades, professions and similar. - for example one person was described in a census as a 'Toy Maker' in Sheffield - (problem enough as some trade was in silver objects other in silver- or sheffield- plate). At the time a 'Toy' was a miniature representation of a larger - normal sized - object, often used to advertise a firms wares to the retail trade or as scale designs for new shapes or designs anything from spoons to claret jugs , trinket boxes and similar.