Saturday, 5 January 2008

New toy from Ancestry!

Ancestry works great as an online respository for records - now they're letting us have a bit of fun! A new feature, Family Facts, allows you to check out some information regarding your surname, such as place of origin, meaning of the name, occupations in the 1881 census etc. For example, keying in my surname and asking for a breakdown of occupations worked at, as recorded in the 1881 census, revelaed the astonishing "fact" that 4% of the British Patons worked as miners, with another 4% as farmers. None of this will take account of surname variants etc, but nevertheless, it is actually quite fun to potter about with it!

See http://www.ancestry.co.uk/learn/facts/default.aspx for more information.

Also of note, Australian records will now be included in Ancestry's world subscription package.

Chris

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