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I think I remember someone hinting a couple of years back that one of the genealogy websites was going to digitize PCC administrations, but I haven't seen any sign of it, I would be interested if anyone has anyone knowledge that these might become available. I think an index is available from 1701-49 at the National Archives (also at LDS FHLs, SOG), and possibly one 1750-1800 card index at the Society of Genealogists. There are also abstracts made for various decades of the 17th century and some for certain counties or countries i.e. America, but I think that's as good as it gets at the moment.
  Often they aren't incredibly helpful genealogically, as the usual thing is an administration to a widow, but bondsman's names can be useful, and sometimes there are extra things available such as legal documents relating to guardianship of minors, wills that have been annexed etc. Also if the person has no spouse, it can help to confirm previously uncertain or reveal completely unknown relationships as the next of kin is found.

The Common Room / Quaker births - all online?
« on: Saturday 01 May 21 19:18 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know if these are all now digitized, perhaps under the Ancestry non conformist section? Have a suspicion ancestors may be Quakers (or possibly some other sort of non conformist) but can find no records of their births (or baptisms) of the children on any of the main sites.

I was thinking of getting one or maybe two FTDNA kits to study my YDNA (paternal) and MTDNA (maternal) lines in more depth, and it seems FamilyTreeDNA have a sale on until 25th April

The MTDNA kit is $139 reduced from $159
the YDNA Y37 is $99 reduced from $119
the YDNA Y111 is $199 reduced from $249
the YDNA Big Y-700 is $379 reduced from $449

international post is about $10 for the first kit, then $5 for each additional. Comparing to buying an FTDNA kit from the UK site, thegenealogist, priced in pounds it seems significant savings could be made

So comparing the MTDNA kit on its own, taking into account a conversion charge, the US one is about 110 including postage, and the UK one 150. However, if it attracts at least VAT on import and a post office charge, that could bring it to 140, and perhaps with the more expensive kits it could attract import duty? Does anyone have experience importing FTDNA kits and can confirm whether they have been charged extra?

Apologies if this has already been announced, but I have just noticed this, which adds a very useful feature, and much wider batch searching than is possible on the GRO site which only allows you to search in 5 year intervals and requires that you know the registered surname.

I noticed that recently findmypast has added the ability to see all linked transcripts to the page you are looking at, as Ancestry has done for years, also giving you the ability to make corrections to records other than the one you were specifically looking for. Unfortunately :o this has now given me an insight into the overall quality of transcription, and I am a bit shocked!!! Looking at the burial register of Leigh, Kent from the 1780s and 90s, it is absolutely riddled with errors, with maybe 60% of the surnames wrong, often so utterly wrong you wouldn't have a chance of finding it with a wildcard search  >:(. It seems findmypast are using transcribers who are (i) not familiar with older handwriting styles, and (ii) have absolutely no familiarity with British surnames, as even when the handwriting is clear, they still get it wrong.

The Common Room / GRO PDFs delivered - no email
« on: Monday 08 March 21 14:04 GMT (UK)  »
Just to let anyone know that might have been waiting for a GRO birth or death PDF, I received several about 2 weeks ago, but no emails ever arrived - just logged in to GRO to check and they have been available to download since then  ::).

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry DNA - Cyber Sale 49 + P&P until 30th November
« on: Wednesday 25 November 20 13:52 GMT (UK)  »
Cheapest price it goes (unless it's on Amazon, which it unfortunately isn't) + 9.99 standard postage + 5 extra per kit

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry DNA offer 59 + P&P until 22nd November
« on: Thursday 19 November 20 10:20 GMT (UK)  »

standard postage 9.99, then 5 per extra kit

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