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Family History News October 2017

Discover some new resources available in Family History on the Internet.

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The Lawley family and friends. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/300_2253786/1/300_2253786/cite

The Digital Panopticon

The Digital Panopticon website allows you to search millions of records from around fifty datasets, relating to the lives of 90,000 convicts from the Old Bailey, to search individual convict life archives, explore and visualise data, and to learn more about crime and criminal justice in the past. A joint project, some of the Archives and Data Providers contributing include: Findmypast, Ancestry, National Archives UK, State Library of Queensland, Tasmanian Archives, New South Wales Archives, Tasmanian Archives, New South Wales State Archives, and the State Record Office of Western Australia. Records include the Old Bailey, Convict Records, Hulk Registers, and English Census Records.


The online database Twile, mentioned in the October 2015 edition of Family History News, is now free. New features include a family infographic. The website is totally private. You can build your own Family Tree adding photos and events to form a timeline.

Family Search

Family Search has released 51 million new Dutch records, bringing their collection to over 55 million records. If your family came from the Netherlands, have a look at the Family Search website. If you have not used the Family Search website before, it contains 1 billion searchable names and is worth a look. Over 3 million people visit the website every month.