Monday, February 11, 2008


The National Archives (UK) offers an ongoing series of free podcasts on family history research topics. Go here for a list:


The list includes podcasts like these:

FINDING RECORDS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS: An introduction to using the various sources for tracing records of births, marriages and deaths at the Family Records Centre and elsewhere. Ideal for beginners or those who want to refresh their knowledge of these crucial sources.

LIVING THE POOR LIFE-- POVERTY AND THE WORKHOUSE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: Paul Carter's talk explores the poor life in 19th-century England and Wales. Using records from The National Archives, he presents allegations of cruelty to paupers, accounts of political and Chartist activities and much more.

RECORDS OF ARMY DEATHS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS, 1761-1913: Many family trees fall at the hurdle of locating the death of a British soldier, his marriage or the birth of his children. The records available are woefully incomplete, scattered and often not fully indexed. In this presentation, Chris Watts examines the material available for tracing these events, for a pre-First World War British soldier, and guides the researcher in its use; material available on fiche, film or the Internet is highlighted.

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