England Births and Christenings – Fee or Free

England Births and Christenings 1538-1975 is a popular record collection available at subscription sites like FindMyPast, Ancestry, and MyHeritage. It's an excellent finding aid for locating parish records from England. But there's also a free version available at FamilySearch. This is an index-only collection, meaning it contains an extraction of the original record and your search won't link to images of the original records. This is also not a complete record of all births and christenings in England (not every location and time period is included). When you search for a name, you'll potentially find: Name Father's first and last name Mother's first name Year of birth Date of baptism Place of baptism FHL film number/GSU film number (microfilm of the original record) You'll still want to see the original birth/christening record and one way to do this will be to order the associated film number and view it at a local…
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Fee or Free US City Directories

    The lowdown on City Directories City Directories pre-date telephone books and can work as a census substitute and allow you to locate individuals in a city and potentially get their spouse's name, their profession, and their address. With an address you can often do reverse lookups in city directories and by looking up the street address you can see who their neighbors were. Often family lived near each other and you'll find relatives with the reverse lookup feature or you might have old, partially-identified photos with your ancestor and neighbors and the reverse lookup will allow you to identify them with their full name. City Directories will usually include some historical information about an area, possibly a gazetteer with maps, street locators, churches, schools, and more. They can help you locate streets and buildings that no longer exist. And city directories usually have business directories as well, with a separate section for a listing of busine…
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Fee or Free Genealogy Sites-a Comparison

In these Fee or Free posts I'm going to highlight popular subscription site collections and share free alternatives.   I currently use these subscription sites: Ancestry MyHeritage FindMyPast AmericanAncestors and I've used GenealogyBank in the past. I love them all. ????¬†Each has¬†valuable collections that aid research but many hobbyists don't keep a subscription with one or any of these companies and they do a lot of legwork hunting for free genealogy records. My New Year's Resolution is to post free alternatives to everything I consider awesome at the fee sites. ???? Maybe weight-loss would be an easier goal? ???? We shall see. It'll be a fun challenge. ????Happy New Year and Happy Hunting!
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