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About, founded in 1997, offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available to help you research your family history. services include subscription access to exclusive genealogy related collections on British Origins, Irish Origins, National Wills Index, plus free Scots Origins services.

Our unique primary genealogical data for researching your family history online includes censuses, marriage registers, wills, passenger lists, court, burial, militia, and apprentice records, as well as downloadable images of original maps and plans used in 19th surveys. Most of this information is not available anywhere else on the internet.

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Our partnerships with leading archives and genealogical societies in the UK and Ireland, including the National Library of Ireland, and the Borthwick Institute for Archives, allow us to provide exclusive online access to important primary sources, abstracts and index databases, including definitive versions of key Irish material (Griffith's Valuation). For many source documents, users of services can place orders online for hard copies.

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Although other major online genealogy companies have some UK and Irish records, their focus on United States data means they don't have the local expertise and access to unique source records that, with our focus on the UK and Ireland, can offer.

Additionally, offerings from genealogical companies, which focus on the UK or Ireland, only give users only half the story. The extent of migration between England and Ireland and the commonality of many names has, compounded with the passing of time, been a cause for confusion even to natives of Britain and Ireland, who need to be able to access source data from both areas to pinpoint their real origins.

If you are one of the 20% of Americans who can trace their origins back to Ireland, and over 15% with British origins, as well as the many Australians and Canadians of British and Irish descent, you'll need even more help sorting out their roots.
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Much of our material is very rich; the records often tell you far more than you might expect. With you get a lot more than just names dates and places. Our datasets truly help “put flesh on the skeletons” of your ancestors, with information about their families, where and how they lived, what they did. For example:
Our apprentice records don’t just give the apprentice’s name, but his father’s name and occupation and whether he was still alive, where they were living, who he (or she) became apprenticed to, and where. From the date of the apprenticeship you can also get a good idea of the apprentice’s age.
The Surrey & South London Will Abstracts provide an extraordinary amount of detail: names of relatives and friends; sometimes comments on their relationships (sometimes love; sometimes hatred); with the bequests providing unique details on what was considered of value at the time – which can be quite unexpected.
Poor law records are probably the most valuable records of all – if you are lucky enough to find an ancestor who applied for poor law relief. These records contain unparalled detail on families, what they did, and where they lived.
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