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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MyHeritage DNA

MyHeritage DNA tests are a new way to learn about your family heritage and complement your family history research. It takes about 30 seconds to use the home testing kit and about 3-4 weeks to receive results from the MyHeritage DNA lab. Thanks to MyHeritage DNA matching, MyHeritage DNA tests can help you discover relatives you haven’t previously connected with and can help you learn about your ethnic and geographic ancestry.   Benefits of MyHeritage DNA “Testing your DNA with MyHeritage offers significant benefits even if you have already taken a DNA test elsewhere. You will be able to get unique matches to users who have only tested with MyHeritage, as well as matches with users who uploaded their results to MyHeritage from other providers. Thanks to MyHeritage’s availability in more than 40 languages and wide international reach, you will have better chances of being matched with relatives who live in other countries. You will also receive a comprehensive ethnici…
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Free MyHeritage Book Collection

    #FamilyHistoryMonth There are a lot of great online book sites but my favorite is the free book collection at MyHeritage. The have over 400,000 books and their search engine does a great job providing results. If you're going to spend a few minutes looking for an ancestor in a book collection, try this one first. The book collection is officially called "Compilation of Published Sources" and the description says, "This collection includes a compilation of thousands of published books ranging from family, local and military histories, city and county directories,school, university and hospital reports, church and congregational minutes and much more. All records include images of the book's pages. We are continually growing this collection."  
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