The Identity & Passport Service has warned: don't pay too much for your replacement birth certificates. See their advice here

This applies equally to other certificates.

When using commercial websites to find an index entry for a birth, marriage or death registration it can be tempting to click on a conveniently placed link to order a certificate. However it will almost certainly be cheaper(or at least the same) to go the official government site to order



As the 100th Anniversary of Titanic approaches, Titanic Heritage Trust announce the creation of a database of descendants of survivors and of all those who were lost on 15th April 1912.

If anyone has a connection or knows someone who has a connection with the Titanic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Federation of Family History Societies are inviting entries for their Competition to find 'Who is the most interesting person in your family tree?" Details of the competition can be found here

There is a separate section for those under the age of 21.

For those of you interested in places, or have put your research on line, take a look at the newly updated This may also inspire more of you you to start your own web site and publish the information you hold.

The National Archives have added a collection of Poor Law Records to their Documents On-line. The records are searchable and free to download
For more information see the National Archives Documents website

The National Archives have recently released a website to  allow you to search and view digitised historical photographs of the UK and Ireland. Starting with the Dixon-Scott collection, which holds more than 14,000 photographs taken in the 1920s-1940s. You can search by location and view images for free.