#genchat – Genealogy on Twitter

Most genealogists, hobbyists or professionals, use Facebook genealogy groups to connect but don't overlook that your tribe also hangs out on Twitter. Jen Baldwin,¬†@ancestryjourney, Data Acquisition Manager for the US at FindMyPast.com, is the founder and host of #genchat. #Genchat is a genealogy chat session on Twitter held every other Friday at 8 pm MST. Follow them on Twitter at @_genchat and visit the genchat website¬†for more background on this chat group and a 2017 calendar of topics. The best thing about #genchat is you don't have to be a pro to join the conversation. I'm a total hobbyist and I always learn something. You can jump in and out of the conversation as your personal schedule allows or just lurk by following the hashtag. My favorite ways to participate are either on Tweetdeck, by adding a search window for the hashtag #genchat or on tchat.io by following the hashtag #genchat. On both sites, you'll login with your Twitter account, allowing the app the abili…
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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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