Websites and Books

On this page I detail some of the websites that I subscribe to – these are affiliate links so if you do purchase credits or subscribe to a website via one of these links then I will earn a small commission. The price you pay will be no different to buying directly from the website – and I will not be notified of your individual details or shopping habits.

Why should you order via one of my links? It will help me maintain this site and spend time writing blogs which I hope you will enjoy reading and find helpful in your own genealogical development. I won’t ever add links to any websites that I don’t have an ongoing subscription to myself.

British Newspaper Archive

FLASH SALE!!! This weekend only get a 50% discount on 12 month subscriptions. This offer ends at midnight on Sunday evening so act now!

Follow this link: British Newspaper Archive

  • Discount code: JANWEEKEND16
  • Valid from: Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January 2016
  • Offer: 50% off a 12 month subscription, £39.98 instead of £79.95.


The 1939 Register – now included in all 12 month FindMyPast Britain and World subscriptions from 16th February 2016

The 1939 National Register for England and Wales has been digitised and released in November 2015. Whilst it has its limitations it is a really helpful resource for mid-20th Century research. The 1921 census will not be released till 2021 and as the 1931 census records were destroyed and there was no census taken in 1941 it will be an extremely long wait till 2051 for the 1951 census. The 1939 Register contains approximately 41 million records although as records of people younger than 100 and still alive, or who died after 1991 are officially closed only 28 million are currently searchable but this will improve over time.  It is available via purchase of credits from FindMyPast or from 16th February will be included with all 12 month Britain and World subscriptions.   Follow the link below to see more details:



Choosing a Genealogical Website

The major genealogical subscription sites all host the standard UK genealogical resources of the General Register Office indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths and the 1841 to 1911 census records. Where they differ markedly is in the other record sets that they have digitised and in particular in county records such as Parish registers, Wills and Poor Law records. This may be a deciding factor in which site you decide to subscribe to. I’ve longed subscribed to more than one as my family lines cover many parts of the UK and overseas – your needs may differ.

FindMyPast -Act Now to beat the Feb 16th price rise

I’ve long had a subscription to FindMyPast and although I’ve never been entirely happy with some aspects of their website since a major overhaul in 2014 I keep my subscription becausethey host records that are not available anywhere else online. My paternal grandmother, Rosa Hodgson, was from Staffordshire and FMP have digitised many of the Staffordshire parish registers plus Dioceses Of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893; and most recently Dioceses Of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate 1521-1860.

Act quick to get 10% off all 12 month subscriptions, perfect for finding those elusive ancestors. Follow one of these links:

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Ancestry has more record sets than any other of the genealogical sites and is therefore an essential part of any family historians toolkit. And if you have ancestors from Birmingham or Warwickshire then you will benefit from access to the digitised parish register and other collections. Go to the Card Catalogue and enter “Birmingham” or “Warwickshire” in the Title field to see just how much material is available. You can take advantage of a free 14 day trial or sign up for monthly or annual subscriptions via this link:
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