07 June 2008

Find My Past: Expert webchat, June 18

FindMyPast experts will be available online to answer family history questions on Wednesday, June 18, at 7pm UK time.

The subscription site offers access to more than 500 million records dating as far back as 1538, including military records, census, migration, occupation directories, current electoral roll data and original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records.

The experts are Elaine Collins - former editor of The National Archives' "Ancestors" magazine and author of the "Good Web Guide to Genealogy" - and professional genealogist Stephen Rigden is head of research at FindMyPast. Both will be available to answer questions on a wide range of genealogy topics, from how to get started to more knotty family history conundrums.

If you'd like to participate, send a question to Collins and Rigden - until June 18 - at the webchat link here.

You could, of course, just watch them when the webchat goes live.

In November 2006, FindMyPast launched AncestorsOnboard in association with The National Archives to publish outbound long-distance voyage passenger lists from all British ports, 1890-1960. The company was acquired in December 2007 by Scotland Online, which won The National Archives' tender to publish the 1911 census online.

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