Monday, 9 February 2015

WDYTYA Magazine: February Issue

Better late than never has to apply for this belated look at the February issue of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine.

Parish records online is the cover feature highlighting the main parish register collections and some lesser-known local and regional sources. Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findmypast are mentioned for all English regions. Ancestry is missing for Wales and Scotland and Findmypast for Scotland. Mentioned for most regions are FreeReg, which was updated on 5 February to contain 10,781,155 Burials, 15,365,313 Baptisms and 4,953,249 Marriages, and the various Online Parish Clerk sites. The Genealogist is mentioned for most regions, although mainly for transcriptions from antiquarian publications many of which are on the Internet Archive texts and Google Books.

Well known genealogist Anthony Adolph has an article on Mapping Your Family. He refers to Google Maps and the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers as essential tools. Among 10 great map websites I was surprised to see no reference to FamilySearch's England & Wales Jurisdictions 1851 facility.

Other content in the magazine this issue is:

Famine and food riots: How years of food shortages and foreign wars sparked civil unrest at the turn of the 19th century
Agricultural and rural workers: a look at the best online resources for finding ag lab ancestors
Royal Navy: Ancestry's latest addition to its Royal Navy holdings
Plus... how phone books can help you fill gaps in your research; the lives of Somerset tile-makers; a Jewish Gem from the Archive and more.

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