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Getting the Best from the Ancestry Website


The Ancestry website offers access to over 1 billion searchable UK family history records. It enables you to explore your family history using censuses, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records.

In this very useful tutorial, John Hanson covers:

  • Understanding this very large website
  • How to best use the website's online finding tools

Bring your questions along! 


About the tutor: John Hanson worked for many years for one of the country’s major banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases. He has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty years, particularly on computers in genealogy and the census. 

He served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists. He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG. 

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