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Subscription and PPV Sites Poll

Here are the results of our 15th Unlock the Past poll - What subscription or pay per view online content sites do you use? 167 people voted casting a total of 603 votes. Ancestry clearly had the largest following but Find My Past - who operate Find My Past, 1911 Census, Ancestors on Board and Genes Reunited - attracted a large number of votes as well. Sites that are regional, such as ScotlandPeople, naturally attracted a smaller but still strong vote.

Free Online Content Poll

Here are the results of our 14th Unlock the Past poll - What free online content do you use? 89 people voted casting a total of 678 votes.

How Did You Get Into History or Genealogy Poll

Here are the results of our 13th Unlock the Past poll - How did you get into history or genealogy? 116 people voted indicating a huge range of things which triggered their initial interest - "other" scored the most votes.

The Accidental Finding of a Long Lost Relative

I’m sure most - if not all - people interested or acquainted with the field of genealogy have experienced that moment of surprise mixed with a bit of excitement when they discover that someone who they already know is related to them. With my interests lying in history, not genealogy, and my heritage still waiting for proper investigation, I had yet to experience such a classic moment. My attempts at discovering my family tree have been minimal at best and my knowledge shamefully limited of whence I came.

Brick Wall Solutions - the elusive Alfred Beeston

The question I’ve heard repeatedly from English friends since 1992 is “What have you done with our Alfred?”

Whilst researching my own Beeston family who originated in Mugginton, Derbyshire then progressively moved to Fenny Bentley, Kniveton, and Hognaston (all in Derbyshire) before going to Heaton Norris (Lancashire

Genealogy Software Poll

Here are the results of our 12th Unlock the Past poll - What genealogy software do you use? 226 people voted casting a total of 307 votes. As well as presenting an overall summary of the results the graph displays the percentages of voters using each of the programs listed in the poll (Mac programs in red).

The usefulness of digitised records when researching

For the past 2 years I have been researching Lutheran history in South Australia and their response to Hitler. It’s a fascinating topic and one that’s never been looked at before so there’s not much information and only a small portion compiled.

What countries do you and your ancestors come from?

Here are the results of our 11th Unlock the Past poll - What countries do you and your ancestors come from? 455 people voted casting a total of 1936 votes. All the countries mentioned under "other" have been extracted and included in the overall summary.

Brick Wall Solutions - Still Looking for James Henry Trevaskis (1839-?)

In previous Brick Wall Solutions blogs, I have written about my success stories. This time I am writing about a brick wall that has yet to crumble. I certainly hope that someone reading this blog has the answer or clues that I can follow up on. Other family members, as well as myself, have tried many times over the last thirty plus years to solve it but without success.

My gg grandfather was James Henry Trevaskis born in St Hilary Cornwall in 1839.

Social Media Poll

Here are the results of our 10th Unlock the Past poll - What online social media sites do you use? 101 people voted casting a total of 211 votes. Facebook was clearly the most popular.

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