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Free Access to 1911 Census for England & Wales

Friday, 31st July, 2009

Thousands of people across England and Wales will soon get the opportunity to delve into their family history online for free. The National Archives, in collaboration with UK-based family history website findmypast.com, is providing seven archives and libraries around England and Wales with free access to the recently completed online records of the 1911 census.

The census, available at 1911census.co.uk, provides a snapshot of life in the early 20th century, showing the name, age, place of birth, marital status and occupation of every resident in every home, as well as their relationship to the head of the household.

Oliver Morley, Director of Customer and Business Development at The National Archives, said: “The 1911 census has been hugely popular and we are excited to be able to help family historians across the country benefit from this fantastic resource.

“Digitising records allows a far greater audience to access them, and that is especially important with records like the census, which are extremely important for genealogists,’he added.

The seven institutions soon to launch free access to the census records are:

Before planning a trip, visitors are urged to contact the relevant institution to find out the when the service will be available.

New records at FindMyPast.com

Tuesday, 7th July, 2009

Last month, findmypast.com added an array of unique collections transcribed by local societies, including Army Deserters (1828-1840), Dorset and Somerset Parish Apprentices and Suffolk Testator and Beneficiary Indices 1847-1857. And, in association with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS), findmypast.com has published online the missing unfilmed records from the 1851 census for Lancashire.

British Postal Museum & Archive partners with Ancestry

Monday, 6th July, 2009

The British Postal Museum & Archive has partnered with Ancestry.co.uk to make available the Post Office Appointment books from 1831 to 1960.

In 1831 the Post Office created centralised employment records by copying the relevant minute numbers, brief details relating to appointment, transfer, dismissal, resignation, retirement or death. Prior to 1831 appointment records were not kept uniformly over the country.

The records will be fully name searchable and when available will be of real value to all those interested in researching their family history.

Burke’s Peerage to Include Illegitimate Children

Thursday, 2nd July, 2009

Burke’s Peerage and Gentry is finally succumbing to the demands of the 21st century.

The guide, which lists the genealogy of every royal and aristocratic family in the Europe and the U.S., is to include illegitimate children for the first time.

As part of a major shake-up, the book will also list offspring in order of when they are born, rather than males first, which has been tradition.

Over the next few months the records of one million upper class families will be carefully updated to bring them in line with the modern format.

You can read more in the Daily Mail Online at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196534/Illegitimate-place-Burkes-revolution-Bible-blue-blooded-takes-step-21st-century.html

FamViewer Version 2.0, Genealogy Software for iPhone and iPod Touch

Thursday, 2nd July, 2009

The following announcement was written by Aster Software:

Aster Software Releases FamViewer Version 2.0, Genealogy Software for iPhone and iPod Touch

LEXINGTON, KY, June 29, 2009 — Aster Software has announced the release of version 2.0 of its genealogy application, FamViewer. FamViewer allows genealogists to carry their genealogy databases with them on their iPhone and iPod Touch.

FamViewer imports standard GEDCOM files and displays them on the iPhone. GEDCOM files can be uploaded to FamViewer with a web browser on a desktop computer or downloaded to FamViewer from any web site or web server via WiFi. FamViewer will import the GEDCOM file and display its contents. Once a GEDCOM file is downloaded and imported you can view individuals, families, notes and sources. Navigate the family tree with a touch. You can carry your genealogy database with you wherever you bring your iPhone or iPod Touch.

New in version 2.0 is an ancestry chart that displays up to eight generations for anyone in the database. Tap on the name of anyone displayed in the chart and go to their family page.

An index by surname allows the user to find anyone in the database. A family view, resembling a family group sheet, displays three generations of a family: parents, children, and grandparents. Touch the parent’s names to view the details of their life events and personal attributes. Each event and attribute can have sources and notes, which are visible in another view.

All the FamViewer views work in portrait or landscape orientation so long names, places, dates or other data can be easily viewed.

FamViewer isn’t tied to any desktop genealogy software. Active genealogy researchers already own genealogy software that they run on their desktop, or laptop, computers. All modern genealogy software can export their genealogy databases in GEDCOM format. FamViewer will import GEDCOM files exported by today’s popular genealogy applications.

User comments about FamViewer from online reviews:

“A perfect solution. This genealogy app is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.”

“Great App!”

“Great iPhone App. This is a great portable application that I have long awaited for my iPhone. I use Family Tree Maker and have successfully imported 80,000+ names. The customer support and responsiveness is awesome!”

“Love it, and with the latest update, you can see the actual pedigree chart, it’s great.”

“Outstanding software. Outstanding value. It was great having my entire TMG database (all 2700 people and nearly 2000 sources) with me on the last two business trips to Washington DC (the Archives and the DAR Library) and all on the iphone.”

Version 2.0 improvements:

  • Added family tree view that allows viewing eight generations of a family tree.
  • Added support to display long notes.
  • Added ability to connect to FamViewer using Bonjour.
  • Improvements to the networking code should provide better reliability on certain networks.
  • Implement choosing the home family.
  • Added progress bar that shows progress of importing a GEDCOM file.
  • Plays a sound when the GEDCOM import is complete.
  • Changed placeholder text on the family page view from ‘Grandfather’/’Grandmother’ to ‘None’ due to user feedback.

FamViewer can be purchased at the Apple appstore and is priced at US$14.99. To find out more about FamViewer visit the appstore with iTunes. FamViewer is listed under Productivity Applications and Genealogy. More information is also available at http://www.astersoftware.biz. View an overview movie showing FamViewer’s main features at http://www.astersoftware.biz/screencasts.html.

About Aster Software.

Aster Software is a small company specializing in products for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Macintosh. The company website is http://www.astersoftware.biz.

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