Post by wantypantsaroonie on Apr 25, 2011 13:25:12 GMT
There are loads of sites out there that claim to help you look for your family history, and you think you're getting somewhere and then you find you've got to spend money with them to find out the answers.
It seems research can get expensive.
Perhaps we can put together a list of trusted sites that do give good results? Or free sites where you can get the information from instead of having to buy credits or sign up to subscriptions?
Post by wantypantsaroonie on Apr 25, 2011 19:48:02 GMT
I don't even know where to begin, it didn't help my Grandad couldn't give me much information in regards to dates, maiden names or much of anything to be honest, even less for my Nana.
I was thinking about joining Ancestry myself, it's much cheaper than Gene reunited (using it to plot the tree because I like the layout), but I heard they sometimes do special offers so might wait a few weeks to see if they email me first.
Post by wantypantsaroonie on Apr 26, 2011 17:46:16 GMT
Alright smartypants. I double checked my birth certificate for tipex to be on the safe side. It was clear.
I've managed to find the census for free in Ireland, but is there anywhere for free that I can find birth/marriage records? My Grandad hasn't been able to remember any of my Nana's details (his memory isn't what it was) so I'm really struggling there. She was born in Rathdowney, Ireland in 1939 to a John Loughman and either Cathrine/Kathleen?
I'm tempted to sign up for the 14 day trial of ancestry.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Apr 26, 2011 21:14:47 GMT
You can't view birth or deaths free anywhere. You can only purchase copies of certificates from the registrar's. However, you can access indexes to help you find the right registration on the sites Shred listed above, or on Ancestry, Find My Past, etc.
However, if you find marriages in Lancashire, it's worth checking Lancashire BMD. If it took place in a church, the churches copy of the record may be available at a local records office, or at Manchester Central Library (temporarily housed at the Manchester Room at Elliot House on Deansgate) for a lot less money than the nine quid the registrar's will take from you.
If you want to pop in to the Bolton History Centre sometime, I or one of my colleagues could help you get started, or if there's a similar place nearer to you then they will be just as helpful, I'm sure. PM me if you want and I'll get you contact details for the closest places for you.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Apr 26, 2011 21:50:58 GMT
Actually it's very little of any use for any of Ireland!! Remember Ancestry is predomiantly American owned and operated. They often don't know the difference between Northern Ireland and Eire. For the most part they think it's all part of that quaint little town of Britain.
Remember also, a lot of Irish records, north and south, are missing because of loss and destruction during the Troubles. Many churches keep their own registers under very secure lock and key. They've started opening up, but some are remaining sceptical about the peace process, and following a rule of better safe than sorry.
But there are more Loughmans than I thought and my Grandad cannot remember my Nana's details at all which isn't helping. Ancestry isn't giving me any hits at all on my Nana's details so far. She, and her siblings were all born after the 1911 census so isn't getting me anywhere.
My Dad has just sent me info about my 2x great Grandfather who died in WW1, was quite sad reading it.
I'm amazed how much I have found on my Grandfathers side in such little time, I'm just really frustrated on the lack I've found for my Nana.
Hi I have recently joined this site having researched my family tree over the last 4 years or so. Some 12,000+ relatives later I'm still searching! 3/4 of my family originate from the Cheshire and Lancashire areas so I have found the Lancashire Online and both the Lancashire & Cheshire BMD sites very helpful. When transcribed, I've found the Lancashire Online very useful to give that extra bit of information hat isn't available through Ancestry, but this of course is only covering parish records rather than public cemeteries which opened rapidly at the start of the industrial revolution, traditional churchyards unable to cope with the massive increase in numbers. To return to the original thread here, is anyone aware of free searchable databases for burials in the Lancashire area? I'm aware that Manchester City Council, to their credit have made available the burial records for all public cemeteries in the city and the Wigan World websites list all burial records for the several cemeteries in their area. As far as I'm aware that's it forLancashire? Salford and Bolton can only be checked with reference to the individual councils who make a charge for the information. My extended family research has over 3,000 soles who died (and are presumably) in Salford or Bolton! Any suggestions? Simon