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Leicestershire & Rutland records online

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A big boost for those interested in families in the heart of England! Over 3.4 million records from parish registers, wills and marriage licences have been launched in the FindMyPast website. Each manuscript has been scanned and the names of the key parties for each event indexed.

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FamilySearch looks ahead

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FamilySearch is the world's largest free-of-charge family history website, with 5.57 billion searchable records.

A range of important improvements is planned for 2017, offering enhanced help for family historians.

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Finding facts for your story

Charles Dickens

Family history is much more than just collecting names and dates. When we write up and present our discoveries, it is important to focus on the most interesting stories and put the tale in its context.

Fortunately, an array of free resources is available to help us.

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Explore London in 1827

Greenwood's map

Like a picture, a map is worth a thousand words. Bath Spa University College hosts a map of early 19th-century London that shows the area built-up by 1827 as well as some of the adjoining countryside. Each street is named, along with the larger buildings and many other features.

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Births and Deaths - Index Upgrades

Henry Evans

The General Register Office (GRO) has launched free online indexes for birth and death registrations. These provide more details than any index of these records that was available before.

The trial service that made the information available for less than the £9.25 charge for a certificate has come to an end. It is not known whether or when the cut-price service will be reinstated.

More details appear in our special article on the subject.

Plymouth History Centre starts on site

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Plymouth City Council took a big step towards providing a brand new home for its archive collections when Councillor Sam Davey, the Deputy Lord Mayor, put the first spade in the ground to start construction of the Plymouth History Centre.

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National Archives improvements

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Work has started to construct a versatile new events space at the National Archives at Kew. This involves some temporary disruption.

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