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Parish records transcribed

London Parish records now searchable to 1538

The London Parish records have now been transcribed for the period from 1538 to 1812. Over 7 million records are now available for this time courtesy of the London Metropolitan Archives and Ancestry. Search the London Parish Records on Ancestry (October 2010)

1 million Bishops Transcripts added on Ancestry

The collections all contain images of original records and are fully indexed, except Baptisms and Burials before 1812 and Marriages before 1754, which are currently available as browsable images, whilst the indexing process is completed. Search the Bishops Transcripts on Ancestry (March 2010)

"Who Do You Think You Are?" series to premier in the US on 5th March 2010

The BBC hit series "Who Do You Think You Are?" has found its way across the pond and is to premier in the US on Friday 5th March on NBC. When the series was screened in the UK it spawned a whole new generation of genealogists with records offices seeing an unprecedented level of demand following the shows. Now the hope is that the US series will repeat the effect with big names such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Emmitt Smith and Lisa Kudrow to draw in the audiences. Expect smiles, surprises and tears as "Who Do You Think You Are?" uncovers the lives and history of these well known personalities. (February 2010)

Tree to Go iPhone app

Access your Family Tree wherever you are

Are you a member of the iPhone generation? Now you can access and update your family tree wherever you are by using Ancestry's new iPhone app "Tree to Go". All you need is a tree on Ancestry.com and the iPhone app which can be downloaded for FREE from the Apple iPhone AppStore. (February 2010) Start your FREE Family Tree online at Ancestry.com

Ancestry expands their UK Parish Records collection

Ancestry have added another 13 million new records to the Parish Records collection for the UK. This brings the total number of Parish Records transcribed to over 31 million. Work to add data from the Bishops Transcripts from the London Metropolitan Archives will increase this still further during 2010. (January 2010) Visit Ancestry.com