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Celebrating 20 years of Free UK Genealogy

Happy 20th birthday FreeBMD – collectively, with sister sites FreeCen and FreeReg, known as Free UK Genealogy. Let’s celebrate these two decades of free online family history records – and the efforts of the people who have made this dream a reality. Helen Tovey takes a look


For the family history researcher today, the internet is the first port of call to track down those all-important ancestor clues, and it is thanks to organisations such as Free UK Genealogy that the web provides such a wealth of evidence about our families in times gone by for us to search today. Scroll back to 1998, and what was the world of the family historian like then? By and large it was the world of CDs and microfiche. The giants of the genealogy scene that we would all recognise in 2018 were still in their early years, or yet to be established.

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What did your ancestors do for a job? Were they an apprentice? Did they take the King’s Shilling? Or work down the mine? What were the opportunities available to them, and what were the very real hazards of the work they did all day? This issue we’re exploring those employment records that can help you find out more about your ancestors’ work in times gone by. Discovering the history of your ancestors’ employment will give you invaluable insights into the lives they led. What they earned, and how they earned it, will shed light on their income and lifestyle, the communities they lived in, and the roof over their heads. Investigate their work; understand their lives… We have all the info you need to help you do this.