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One of the most use­ful free re­sources for track­ing down data­bases is the trio of sites that were the brain­child of Ian Har­tas, this month’s ex­pert (see left). UKBMD.org.uk links to thou­sands of other web­sites with on­line BMD and cen­sus data. Next came UKGDL.org.uk ( Ge­nealog­i­cal Di­rec­to­ries and Lists), which boasts over 2,000 links cov­er­ing a wide range of cat­e­gories and fi­nally UKMFH.org.uk ( Mil­i­tary Fam­ily His­tory) com­pletes the trio.

A good hunt­ing ground for lo­ca­tion-spe­cific data­bases are the links pages of fam­ily his­tory so­ci­ety sites or ge­nealog­i­cal fo­rums such as home.rootsweb.an­ces­try.com. GENUKI ( genuki.org. uk) has hun­dreds of pages and links to tran­scribed data – usu­ally to­wards the end of county pages.

Your county ar­chive may have use­ful data­bases and find­ing aids. If they’re on­line they may be within the cat­a­logue, on their own ded­i­cated plat­form, or as down­load­able PDFs. Bath Ar­chives, for ex­am­ple, has its own ded­i­cated an­ces­tors web­site ( bit.ly/ BathAnc), cov­er­ing 1603-1990 and draw­ing on all kinds of records, from reg­is­ters, court ma­te­rial, poor law records, vac­ci­na­tion reg­is­ters and more.

There is a vast ar­ray of mil­i­tary data­bases. The Di­a­mond War Me­mo­rial Project ( di­a­mond­war me­mo­rial.com), for ex­am­ple, un­cov­ered around 400 names that were miss­ing from this me­mo­rial in the cen­tre of Derry. There’s the Red Cross lists of First World War POWs from both sides of the con­flict ( grandeguerre.icrc. org). You can also search for mem­bers of the Red Cross Vol­un­tary Aid De­tach­ments via red­cross.org.uk/ww1. Or there’s the one-man project bit.ly/Armynos, where you can find in­for­ma­tion on reg­i­men­tal num­bers and the dates on which these were is­sued to sol­diers join­ing the Bri­tish Army be­tween 1881 and 1918.

It’s al­ways worth check­ing two vast crowd-sourc­ing in­dex­ing projects: Fam­i­lySearch In­dex­ing ( bit.ly/ FSIndx), which holds data pro­duced by an army of hun­dreds of thou­sands of vol­un­teers, and An­ces­try’s World Ar­chives Project ( bit.ly/ WldAr­cPrj), which again has many thou­sands of ci­ti­zen con­trib­u­tors.

Re­searchers with Ir­ish in­ter­ests have lots of use­ful free data­bases to ex­plore, from the Na­tional Ar­chives ( bit.ly/ NatAr­cIE), to PRONI’s Ul­ster Covenant ( bit.ly/ Ul­sterCov), Grif­fith’s Val­u­a­tion ( bit.ly/Grif­fVal) and Catholic Par­ish Reg­is­ters ( reg­is­ters.nli.ie). The Na­tional Ar­chives home­page cur­rently has the ‘On­line Col­lec­tions’ sign­post at the top-right, which leads to some of the digi­tised col­lec­tions – some free, some not – plus Dis­cov­ery ( bit.ly/ NADisco) is the medium through which count­less source­spe­cific data­bases can be trawled.

A few oth­ers in­clude the fam­ily of web­sites that sit un­der the Con­nected His­to­ries ban­ner ( con­nect­ed­his­to­ries.org), Scot­tish In­dexes ( scot­tishin­dexes.com), Me­mento Mori ( me­mento-mori. co.uk) and Hearth Tax ( www.hearth­tax.org.uk). Fi­nally you may find that large mu­nic­i­pal ceme­ter­ies have been in­dexed and turned into data­bases that are freely avail­able ei­ther via the coun­cil ar­chive web­site, through a ‘friends of…’ or­gan­i­sa­tion, or through the lo­cal ge­nealog­i­cal so­ci­ety web­site.

Search for your rel­a­tives that lived in Bath at the Bath Ar­chives’ web­site

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