Thursday, 23 December 2010

1911 Census summary books on Ancestry

Ancestry have now the 1911 England and Wales Census Summary Books on their website here

The complete set of 1911 Census record images will launch on-line in early 2011, followed by the indexes, which will be made available in sections throughout the remainder 2011.

I see that Amazon are currently selling Family Tree Maker Platinum Edition (with 6 months access to for £29.99, see here for details.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Probate Calendar Books for England and Wales

Official summaries of more than six million wills dating from between 1861 and 1941 have been scanned and uploaded by Ancestry.

The "probate calendar books" for England and Wales do not give a breakdown of individual bequests, but summarise the dead person’s total estate, the date and place of death and – in some cases – the chief recipients.

To search the summaries click here:

If you wish to order a copy of a will or grant mentioned in this collection, you can do so for a fee from the Principal Probate Registry at First Avenue House or any district probate registry. You’ll need to provide the full name of the deceased, the date of the grant and the registry where it was issued.

For more information, please visit the Probate Registry’s website:

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Picasa Face Recognition

Many of us have installed Picasa (the free photo editing software from Google) on our computers, but have you tried the Face Recognition Software it uses?

The latest version uses facial recognition technology to find and group similar faces together across your entire collection of photos. By adding name tags to these groups of faces, new people albums are created.

Click here for more information.