August 23, 2006

August updates at FamilyHistoryOnline

This month there have been two updates at Family History Online. Nearly 200 thousand records, mostly for Cornwall, were added on August 8th. Over 500 thousand more were added today, mostly for Northumberland and Durham plus a few for Dorset, Lancashire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire. The new databases are partial 1861 and 1891 census indexes for Northumberland and Durham and a baptism index for Pattingham, Staffordshire. The remaining records are updates to existing databases. Family History Online is operated by the Federation of Family History Societies and hosts data provided by its member societies. Searching is free, but a modest charge is made for each result actually viewed. Part of the charge is returned to the society that originated the data. Most of the available databases are for England and Wales, but the FFHS has a number of overseas members, and the Genealogical Society of Victoria has provided a handful of Australian databases.

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