- Sep 18, 2002http://www.Ancestry.co.uk Debuts with United Kingdom Family History
Containing Over 100 Million Names
LONDON, Sep. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MyFamily.com Inc., the leading
connecting families, today announced the launch of the 1891 census
Beginning today, the first images of original 1891 census returns are
available online at http://www.Ancestry.co.uk, a new website designed
for people interested in researching their ancestry and family history
In addition, MyFamily.com today announced the launch of an immense
to make available online, indexed, digitized images of census returns
England and Wales from 1841 through 1891. MyFamily.com has signed a
agreement with the Public Record Office (PRO) to publish these records
The monumental task involves digitizing more than 7 million original
return images and indexing more than 130 million names.
"MyFamily.com is the global leader in family history information.
our mission to connect and strengthen families by helping people
discover, preserve, and share their family histories," said
President and CEO, Tom Stockham. "We want to make it possible for
access information on their ancestors, and gain insight into the
economic conditions that shaped their families. Publishing the census
for England and Wales is a big step toward realizing our goal."
As a first step in this immense project, beginning 18 September
census images and an index for the county of Oxfordshire will be
online at Ancestry.co.uk. Visitors will be able to browse through
the original census returns and search an every-name index, containing
information on more than 20,000 individuals living in Oxfordshire in
of the 1891 Census returns for England and Wales will soon be
electronically to users in the UK and worldwide. MyFamily.com will
additional images weekly, bringing millions of images to the site
the coming months. Upon completion, the collection will be fully
searchable by name, county, and parish with search results linking
The census returns contain details of every person living in
Wales at the time of each of the censuses. These records offer a
information on individuals including occupation, place of birth,
spoken and whether they suffered from certain medical disabilities.
returns for England and Wales were compiled using the same system of
registration that was used for the registration of births, marriages
deaths. This means that there is a direct link between the two most
19th-century sources for family historians.
"We welcome moves to put more of the UK's public records online to
wider audience worldwide," said Anne Kilminster, Head of Enterprises
Public Record Office. "We wish MyFamily.com every success with this
Beyond the unveiling of the 1891 census online, Ancestry.co.uk
millions of names extracted from sources such as immigration, parish,
marriage and death records from throughout the region, making it among
largest online record collections for the UK. Additional record
available at http://www.Ancestry.co.uk include:
-- England and Wales Civil Registration Index -- A free database
containing information on more than 30 million individuals.
database is the product of thousands of volunteers who are
the indexes of the required registration of births, marriages,
deaths in England and Wales from 1837 through 1901.
-- United Kingdom and Ireland Parish and Probate Records -- Over
15 million baptism, marriage, probate, and burial names from
parish registers in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from
-- Pallot Marriage and Baptism Indexes -- An exclusive 4-million
collection identifies the Parish in which a marriage or baptism
celebrated, the names of the participants and the date of the
image of the original record is also available to view online.
-- Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrivals Index -- An index of
than 600,000 individuals catalogues the immigration of the
the Potato Famine of 1846-51 through passenger lists and other
Approximately half of the records are offered free to all site
Unlimited access to the complete collection is available to
69.95 euro as an annual subscription or 29.95 euro as a quarterly
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About MyFamily.com, Inc.
MyFamily.com, Inc. is among the largest online subscription
with over 800,000 paid subscriptions and more that 7.5 million people
its Web resources every month. A next-generation media company,
focused on connecting families with their histories and one another.
company provides both free and paid subscription services through its
of Internet properties, which include: Ancestry.com, the number one
tracing family history online; RootsWeb.com, the oldest and largest
community online; MyFamily.com, the foremost provider of private
websites; and Ancestry.co.uk, a leading online source for family
records from the United Kingdom. The company also publishes Ancestry
Genealogical Computing magazine, Ancestry Family Tree software, over
titles, and databases on CD-ROM.
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