United Kingdom Come

By Diane Haddad Premium

Genealogists with UK roots recently got two new online research tools: <> joined the crowd of fee-based Web sites that offer UK civil-registration indexes. The pay-per-view database site has images of all indexes for 1866 to 2002, with transcriptions for 1866 to 1920 and 1984 to 2002 — covering more than 300 million English and Welsh births, marriages and deaths.

Register for free to search the transcribed indexes by surname, first name (called a forename on the search form), spouse’s name, year, quarter-year and locality. Viewing most record information costs two “units” — you can buy 60 units for $10 and must use them within 30 days.

The subscription site British Origins <> has posted a million names from the 1841 census of England and Wales — the earliest enumeration to list everyone living at a residence, not just the head of household. It’s the first searchable online version of that census. You can subscribe to British Origins — which also hosts marriages, wills and court records — for $44 per year.
Newsworthy Database

Want to read all about your 19th-century Scottish ancestors? The Scotsman newspaper has expanded its digital archive <> to include every issue from 1817 to 1950. You can search the full text by keyword and date, and narrow your search to articles, pictures or advertisements.

Matches show article headlines; to see the newspaper pages, you’ll have to register and pay for access to the database. A one-day subscription costs 7.95 pounds (about $15); you also can purchase two days ($24), a week ($37), a month ($75) or a year ($300).

From the August 2005 Family Tree Magazine