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Naming Conventions
It can appear as if the names in a family have not been chosen at random, and the question we ask is 'Have they followed a particular Naming Convention, and if so, what is it?'.

One explanation can be that some families choose from the same small pool of names from generation to generation. They may be meticulous: 'the first son is always named Alexander, the second, William...' and so on; or in no discernible order, with abundant Roberts, Johns and Samuels.

At times we come across a child with a middle name that is a surname, or the mother's maiden name. Many families have used a forebear's maiden name as a middle name for their children, but this is personal preference, not convention. Nor is it by any means guaranteed to be a family member's name. So while assuming that David John HALLAM's mother was someone HALLAM may occasionally be true, to always assume so would be a mistake. It may be the surname of a previous benefactor the parents wish to honour, or someone they simply admire or respect.
Get Them Whilst They Are Still Alive!
If you are just starting your Genealogical Research it can be puzzling how to start!Family History Uk FAQ
These are questions which from working with members of our Genealogy Websites over the year we have discovered are an excellent starting point for your research. If there is one piece of advice that every genealogist should take to heart it is make sure that you talk to the living members of your family before they become your ancestors!

Here are a whole range of questions that the you can answer for yourself and may be able to use when “interviewing” family members. Part of the fascination of genealogy is not only finding out “where we have come from” but also “what it was like” when our ancestors were alive and the sort of lives they and their families lived.

What do you know about your family surname? Its origin?
What do you know about the meaning of your family names?
Did the family name undergo change over the years and are there stories about the change? Are there any traditional first names, middle names, or nicknames in your family?
Is there a tradition in naming children?
This might be always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather or a traditional family name as one of their first names?
Can you determine if there are traditions in different branches of your family?
Does a specific ancestor’s name reappear in many branches of your family?
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Family trees online? They’re not even on paper

It was supposed to be the project that would drag one of the nation’s favourite hobbies into the 21st century.

More than 250 million records of births, marriages and deaths - a family history of Britain since 1837 - should have been freely available to search online by next May.

However, the multimillion-pound scheme has suffered the same curse as many Government IT projects. It is now running over a year late, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and “mid to late 2009” is the new best guess for when the online index will be available.

Meanwhile, the traditional method of finding the information is about to get harder as the longstanding paper versions are removed from public view - a move that has infuriated historians, genealogists and amateur sleuths trying to trace their family trees. This normally mild-mannered band, swollen in recent times by the many people inspired to trace their ancestors by Who Do You Think You Are?, the BBC TV programme, are unhappy.
Tourist Ancestry Tours

When budding travellers meet history buffs it is a perfect union for tracing a family tree.

The intriguing business of constructing a thorough history of descendants is easier than it sounds with the endless resources just a mouse click away.

VisitBritain in conjunction with the genealogy website found that about five per cent of North American, Australian and New Zealand tourists to the United Kingdom were embarking on ancestry tours last year.

They expect this figure to double over the next 12 months.

PR Director for Simon Ziviani says the team wasn't surprised at the increasing interest in family history.

Mr Ziviani says that the internet has made it much easier for people to access massive amounts of historical information.   -

FHUK Toolbar - Get it!
Hi to all our FHUK community members,

We have just added our latest community addition - the FHUK Toolbar, which you can download and add to your browser (IE or Firefox).
This will allow you to be in touch with the site, without being actually here!
The FHUK Toolbar will have direct links to all the important parts of the Family History UK website and has RSS feeds from the main FHUK site plus the Community forum and the Family Trees. Well good! We are also adding a Live Chat facility so we can chat for real. Not forgetting it has a full search facility also. More gadgets will be added soon.
Get it now - you know it makes sense!

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Britons Abroad - TNA

Information from the National Archives - TNA   Link
Indexes to the Registrar General's statutory returns of births and deaths of Britons at sea from July 1837 onwards, British Consular returns of births, marriages and deaths of Britons abroad after July 1849, United Kingdom High Commission returns of births and deaths from the date of independence of each Commonwealth country, and marriages there from 1981 onwards can be searched at the Family Records Centre. There are also various indexes to military, naval and Royal Air Force births, marriages and deaths of personnel and their families abroad (including deaths in the Boer War, First and Second World Wars), and to births and deaths on civilian aircraft from 1947. Microfiche copies of the indexes to 1992 are available at The National Archives. Applications for certified copies of the entries can be made in person, directed to the Overseas Section, General Register Office (PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD, 0151 471 4801, online at


Before beginning your family history genealogical research, you should do is find out what information is already available about your family. One of the first places to visit on the internet is FamilySearch - created by the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS). family search

Start by looking for your family at If you use the Search for Ancestors screen, you will search the following databases:

The International Genealogical Index (IGI):  Read more about the IGI

The world's largest genealogy index is the International Genealogical Index. The IGI is a large database containing more than 600 million names. Several million additional names are added yearly. The IGI primarily indexes births, baptisms (called christenings), and marriages.  It rarely contains deaths.

Dates - Caution

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It is wise to exercise extreme caution and skepticism with information about dates in our family history research. Dates are more difficult to recall years after an event, and are more easily mistranscribed than other types of genelogical data. Therefore, one should evaluate whether the date was recorded at the time of the event or at a later date.

Dates of birth in vital records or civil registrations and in church records at baptism are generally accurate because they were usually recorded near the time of the event. Family Bibles are often a reliable source for dates, but can be written from memory long after the event.

My History
My History is a specialist genealogy supplier, which was established in 2003 to address the needs of both beginners and experienced family historians. They have a range of products for beginners in genealogy, for example, blank wall charts for filling in family trees, books and user friendly software.

In addition the site has a large range of products for experienced family historians including professional family tree software, census packs,

E-petition - Letter from Tony Blair PM

E-petition: Response from HM Government

The e-petition asking the Prime Minister to "reduce the classified period for census data from 100 years to 70 years" has now closed. This is an email response from HM Government.

Thank you for signing the e-petition calling for the closure period on census data to be reduced from its present 100 years to 70 years for the 1911, 1921 and 1931 censuses.

Ancestry Census Update
Ancestry Census Databases - Updated
  1841 Scotland Census
1851 United Kingdom Census Sample 1851 Scotland Census
1861 England Census 1861 Scotland Census
1871 England Census 1871 Scotland Census
1881 England Census *Free Index 1881 Scotland Census
1891 England Census 1891 Scotland Census
1901 England Census 1901 Scotland Census
1841 Wales Census Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Republic of Ireland)
1851 Wales Census County Cork, Ireland, a Collection of 1851 Census Records
1861 Wales Census County Antrim, Ireland 1851 Census
1871 Wales Census Ireland 1766 Religious Census
1881 Wales Census *Free Index Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Northern Ireland)
1891 Wales Census  
1901 Wales Census  
1841 Isle of Man Census 1841 Channel Islands Census
1851 Isle of Man Census 1851 Channel Islands Census
1861 Isle of Man Census 1861 Channel Islands Census
1871 Isle of Man Census 1871 Channel Islands Census
1881 Isle of Man Census *Free Index 1881 Channel Islands Census *Free Index
1891 Isle of Man Census 1891 Channel Islands Census
1901 Isle of Man Census 1901 Channel Islands Census
1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy)  
WWI soldiers' records go online
Poppies Service and pension records for more than two million soldiers who fought in the British army in World War I are being put online for the first time.

The documents provide a broad range of detail, from name and next of kin to wounds suffered and conduct record.

The release by the Ancestry website, working in partnership with the National Archives, is taking place in stages over the next two years.

The images are available to view on a subscription or pay-per-view basis.

All the records are already viewable on 28,000 rolls of microfilm at the National Archives in west London, but it is hoped the digitisation process will make them available to a much wider audience.

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