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Machine-reading handwriting

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Most of the records that we use as family historians are handwritten.

Writing in The National Archives blog, Dr Richard Dunley discusses progress in developing technology to search and transcribe the text of such documents.

Cleveland Family History Day

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If you can get to Scotch Corner on Saturday 21 April, a day out at the Spring Family History Day has much to offer.

Organised by Cleveland Family History Society, the event features a range of talks, advice, bookstands and displays. More details appear on the Society's website.

The Cleveland FHS area of interest includes North Yorkshire and South Durham.

Tracing History through Title Deeds

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Title deeds are by far the most numerous surviving records - but not widely known or used. One single deed can supply clues to family relationships available nowhere else.

David Lambert's review highlights an excellent book on this subject, with much to help readers whether or not they have already used such documents.

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Birth & Death Bargains Continue


During the past few months, almost 80,000 orders have been placed for cut-price birth and death records for England & Wales. Instead of paying £9.25 for a certificate, the same information is available as a PDF for only £6.00. This pilot service has been extended, so it is not too late to place your order. You can find further details, including the periods covered, at the General Register Office site.

A longer report appears in WDYTYA magazine.

Wiltshire baptisms online


Over 613,000 records of baptisms in Wiltshire have recently been added to the FindMyPast site.

Congratulations to the members of Wiltshire Family History Society, who have made this possible. If your forebears come from the Wiltshire area, do visit their website and discover more about what this very active society has to offer.

Brompton Burials Online

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Brompton Cemetery in west London opened in 1840 and has taken in a substantial proportion of those who have died in the area since.

FindMyPast has recently launched scanned and indexed images of more than 645,000 of the original cemetery records. The number of unique individuals covered is around 205,000 as most appear in two separate records.

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FamilySearch moves on

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The microfilm service at Family History Centres has been replaced by access to digital images of numerous original records. Some of FamilySearch's vast collection can now even be viewed at home.

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