I cann't remember if I have asked before, but does anyone know of any good, free, websites to use for tracing ancestors. There seem to be lot which offer free trials but not until you first give them your credit card number, uh no. I will be eternally grateful if someone could advise me. many thanks.
You could always try www.genesconnected.co.uk. It's by the same people who do Friends Reunited. It's free, but it only lists family members if they're registered users themselves. I've not used it so I can't say how good I think it is, but it may be worth a pop?!?
Many thanks James. I have my wife's parents birth certificates, but they seem to give you little information to go one step further back, eg, their parents dates of birth. Well! nothing in this world is simple.
John - try the 1901 census....at least it will give you a lead about brothers or sisters, I had no birth certificates for my mums family and after going onto this found several people even she had forgotten about.... word of warning though, initially when you find the correct name it's so fascinating you'll spend a fortune, I do mine in five pound slots....it will tell you the occupations if working age....and it's so easy to navigate the site.... if your inlaws are not that old try using grand parents names....
I also found that I had been using the wrong spelling of Mums maiden name!
There was a website featured in the paper yesterday - www.1837online.com. This allows you to search the register of births, marriages and deaths since 1837 - the year the register was started. You may have to pay to get to the real meaty stuff, but it'll be a nominal fee I'm sure...
Thanks everyone so far. I knew someone, somewhere would know. I'm sure, there is someone in SE1 who can answer any question, eg, when some journalist says that X millions of working days were lost last year due to people pretending to be ill, How do they know.