FindmyPast just released the following:

Over 717,000 new records have been added to the National Burial Index. The new additions cover 288 burial places in the historic counties of Co. Durham, Northumberland and Cumberland, as well as 656 burial sites across Lincolnshire.”

The release also includes 490,00 Durham and Northumberland burials missed off previously.

They fought up to the last minute, but as the guns on the Western Front fell silent at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the world breathed a sigh of relief. There were celebrations but mourning for those who had fallen – a time for sad reflection as well as joyful release. They shall not be forgotten.

This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the end of WWI. ‘The war to end all wars’ touched everyone’s lives, from soldiers on the battlefield to families on the home front.

Starting this Thursday, Ancestry.co.uk are inviting you to explore your family’s WWI story in detail, with free access to the Commonwealth collection on Fold3.

Explore Fold3’s specialist military records in addition to Ancestry’s wartime records: everything you need to uncover your relatives’ stories on the battlefield and beyond.

if you need help with your research please get in touch.

Great news! From 9am  on Friday 7th September until 11.59pm on Monday 10th September Findmypast will be offering free access to all their historical indexes!

The free access includes parish records, criminal records, the 1939 Register and much more, but does not cover the British Newspaper Archive.

Happy researching!

Family history website Findmypast has sent an email to past and current users warning that from sometime in September, previously viewed records in 'My records' will only be accessible with a valid subscription.

This means family historians with Findmypast accounts will need to be active subscribers to the website to view records stored in their 'My records' section, including those who accessed the site via a free trial or free access promotion or whose subscriptions have lapsed.

If you choose to subscribe, you'll have access only to the records included in your subscription. You may need to upgrade to view others.

The history of the records you searched will be retained in your account, so you won’t lose track of your progress and previously viewed records.

The  email states they'll update users on the exact date when this change is planned for closer to the time.

If you're affected by this change you should download any records you need before 31 August to be on the safe side.

It's been revealed today that the show's latest celebrity line-up will consist of eight stars: multi-awarding winning actor Olivia Colman, musician, DJ, fashion designer and British icon Boy George, Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas, comedian and Not Going Out actor Lee Mack, presenter and former JLS member Marvin Humes, barrister and television personality Robert 'Judge' Rinder, Coronation Street and Our Girl star Michelle Keegan and gold medal winning Paralympian Jonnie Peacock.

The series started with a standalone episode in early June as Michelle Keegan discovered a suffragette ancestor with connections to Emmeline Pankhurst, in an episode aired as part of the BBC's 'Hear Her' season celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.

The rest of the series will follow, starting with Olivia Colman's episode, which airs at 9pm on BBC One on Monday 9 July.

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