News for May 2019

News for May 2019

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New update to innovative map tool

TheGenealogist’s latest innovation, the Map Explorer launched recently to help you find an ancestor’s property and watch the landscape change over time, has now had its first powerful new features added. Further enhancements are coming soon.

Joining the georeferenced Lloyd George Data layer now are headstones and war memorials, with links to see photographs, transcripts and setting for the latter.

Once you have found an ancestor’s grave or memorial, you will now not only be able to see an image of it and read a transcript, but also understand exactly where it is in relation to towns, villages or cities on the historic or modern maps. This should make it easier for family historians to plan a visit to see where an ancestor is buried or commemorated.

TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view. With the Map Explorer you can search for an ancestor’s property, discovering its site, even if the road has changed or is no longer there.

Map Explorer locates various War Memorials in an area
Map Explorer locates various War Memorials in an area

Family History Show Latest

Here’s an announcement from the team organising this year’s three Discover Your Ancestors Family History Shows: ‘The extremely popular face to face Free Ask the Experts section will be run at all of the Family History Shows this year. We’re also expanding this area to cover your questions on DNA, dating photographs, medals, military service and research problems. So don’t forget to bring copies of your ancestors’ records, photos and medals along!’

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New for the 2019 shows are Q&A panel sessions, where visitors will be able to get their family history queries answered by a panel of experts. So if you are planning to visit any of the shows make sure that you allow plenty of time to ask those family history questions on the day.

Each show has two lecture areas with free talks given by various expert independent speakers including photo dating expert and fashion historian Jayne Shrimpton, DNA expert Debbie Kennett and house historian Gill Blanchard.

The Family History Shows are affordable events to attend with lowcost entry, free talks and free parking so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See the diary section (left) for the dates, and head to to book your tickets.

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