50 Family History Websites to Watch 2019: Part 3 (K – N)

By Guest, 14 January 2019 - 12:25pm

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Welcome to Part 3 of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's 50 Websites to Watch feature for 2019.

This page contains details of the next ten resources on our alphabetical list, covering websites beginning with letters K–N.

The remaining websites will be revealed over the course of January as two additional articles, available to access from the 50 Websites to Watch homepage. Part 2 can be viewed here.

If you can't wait to start bookmarking, the full list also appears in our January 2019 issue!


The Keep

Volunteers at the home of East Sussex Record Office are transcribing the burial registers of Brighton-based undertakers Attree and Kent (1824–1991).

Records of patients at Sussex County Lunatic Asylum (1859–1903) are also being transcribed, while other volunteers are working on a local surgeon’s notebooks.

Know Your Place - West of England

The digital heritage mapping resource is being enhanced.

Digital archivist Claire Collins says that staff are working on expanding the First World War layer that launched in spring 2018.

It uses poppy icons to mark the address of a soldier wounded or killed in the war, as recorded in the local press.

The entries at present are focused on Cheltenham, but the Gloucester area will be added in the new year.

A ‘Women’s Suffrage’ layer is also coming, starting with Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud.

It will give information about male and female supporters of women’s suffrage taken from contemporary newspapers and censuses.

Leicestershire Record Office

Leicestershire County Council has slimmed down its website in recent years in order to make it easier for residents seeking to pay council tax or find out about other council services. However, this resulted in a fairly meagre online presence for the record office.

Now a new dedicated website is due to launch in the next couple of months.

Under ‘Our Resources’ there will be a page for family historians, detailing records available online as a result of the partnership with Findmypast (the digitisation has finished now, and some records including Bishop’s Transcripts will be added soon).

There will also be information about searchable databases, and First World War resources produced by the record office working with the council’s Century of Stories project.

Senior archivist Jenny Moran says: “We’re hoping to provide researchers with a better facility for finding our online resources and booking our outreach events. We’re giving the website a vintage feel by using archive photographs to showcase our resources.”

Leicester High Street in 1904
Leicester High Street, 1904 (Credit: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images)


MyHeritage offers online family trees, data and a DNA testing service.

The latter is set to be improved by features that will provide richer results, and the site is currently planning the launch of a new tool that will “revolutionise the ease with which people can make new discoveries”.

This will involve “billions of data points” including family trees, records and DNA.

Staff also expect the number of MyHistory users to exceed 100 million in 2019.

The National Archives

The project to catalogue at item level over 300,000 miscellaneous Navy Board in-letters from 1650 to 1837 (ADM 106) is due to be completed in 2019.

The Navy Board looked after docks and the building of ships as well as paying warrant officers and dockyard workers.

The detailed catalogue entries include any names mentioned and can be searched via TNA’s online catalogue.

Other cataloguing projects that are due to be completed in 2019 include criminal petitions and clemency (HO 17) and WW2 Prisoner of War index cards (WO 416).

There will be also be improved guides to a number of record sets including Court of King’s Bench, intellectual property, the Old Bailey and overseas births, marriages and deaths.

National Archives of Ireland

The National Archives of Ireland expects to launch a new version of its website in January 2019.

The site will be more user-friendly and integrate better with the online catalogue. The search page will also be redesigned.

National Library of Scotland

The maps team at the NLS is publishing online all out-of-copyright Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 and 1:10,000 maps of England, Scotland and Wales between 1945 and 1968.

Map curator Christopher Fleet says that they hope all of the Scottish sheets will be online by the end of 2018, and that English and Welsh sheets will be uploaded by spring 2019.

He adds: “This series is the main topographic authority for postwar Britain. It was the most detailed scale of OS mapping to cover all of the country, although urban areas were covered at more detailed scales.”

National Library of Scotland maps
A woman works on a newly printed map at the Scottish Survey, 1947 (Credit: Charles Hewitt/ Picture Post/ Getty Images)

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales website has now been significantly improved, and in 2019 the newspapers hub, where you can already search more than 1.1 million pages, will get more issues covering 1910–1919.

Cardiganshire Great War Tribunal (Appeals) Records have been digitised and transcribed and will be online in 2019, as will more St Asaph wills (1557–1649) via the probate hub.

Anyone with Welsh kin should also visit the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

Norfolk Record Office

The NRO’s site has recently been redesigned, and staff are digitising almost 4,000 parish registers. These are volumes that do not appear on subscription sites, although they hope to license them in the near future.

This equates to over 40 per cent of all the registers held by the NRO.

Meanwhile volunteers are indexing marriage licence bonds, which will soon join the Norwich archdeaconry licences that are now indexed and on the online catalogue.

Volunteers are also indexing Norwich building control plans (1894–1945), which will be searchable via the website.


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