Author: Robert Jenkins

top 5 most relaxing locations in UK

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1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.

General FAQs

What exactly is a newsgroup?

Before the World Wide Web, before most people had even heard of the Internet, email-like discussion groups existed, individually called newsgroups; collectively known as Usenet. Ironically, a discussion of the history of Usenet doesn’t belong here, but you can find an article on it at USENET . If you would like more information, type “history of usenet” into your web browser’s search box; there’s lots of information out there.

In brief, newsgroups are arranged in hierarchies. This newsgroup, soc.genealogy.britain, is part of the “soc” (social) list of groups. Under that list, there are many sub-lists, of which genealogy forms one. And we’re about genealogy in Britain. (Strictly speaking, the UK, in fact.)

Within each group, discussions are clumped in “threads” which have the same subject line. For an unmoderated group like soc.genealogy.britain, anyone can post messages. These are collected on news servers, which act like old-style bulletin boards (you know, the ones with green baize and lots of drawing pins), displaying the threads and the individual posts in each thread for anyone to read.

Each post is like an email, except that it’s sent to the newsgroup rather than to an individual. You, as a reader, can choose which topics you want to look at, and which postings you want to read: it’s not like an email discussion group where you get every message sent to you whether or not you’re interested in it.

How do I use newsgroups?

You have two options. Either through the web, using something like Google Groups ( ), or with newsreading software.

The one newareader program we’d recommend for everyone is Thunderbird ( ). That’s not because it’s the best newsreader out there – it’s not! – it’s just because it’s available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X alike, it’s used pretty commonly, it’s reasonably well maintained by an active group of developers and, best of all, it’s free.

But my ISP doesn’t provide a news server!

Don’t panic! You can buy news service very cheaply. I’d recommend . It costs EUR 10.00 per year, and you don’t have to change your settings when you change your ISP (or connect your laptop to a different ISP).A paid-for news service is probably better anyway: ISPs have less incentive to provide a good, reliable service than someone you’re paying specifically for Usenet.

What is the purpose of the newsgroup?

soc.genealogy.britain exists to allow genealogists of all kinds, both professional and amateur, to discuss topics related to genealogy. The group’s Charter describes in precise terms its full remit, and the acceptable and unacceptable types of post.

What’s it like in the newsgroup?

The soc.genealogy.britain newsgroup is a friendly group of people who share a common interest – family history. Some are professional genealogists or historical researchers; some are private individuals exploring theirfamily’s roots; some are just interested in the subject, or like posting historical information that bears upon genealogy, such as news snippets from century-old newspapers.

The thing to remember is that although most of the group’s members are very helpful, it’s a social group for genealogists, not just a “resource”. You’re expected to give as well as take. People who haven’t done their own researches, and expect the group members to do them for them, are likely to get short shrift – but people who have explored all the alternatives and genuinely got “stuck” often post questions that lead to fascinating discussions as well as a variety of answers!

So, if you’re new to the group, and have found yourself at a dead end, read on! You should find a lot of useful information here and in other FAQs on this site, and pointers to other sources of information elsewhere. Not only are you likely to help unblock your obstructions, you’ll pick up a lot of useful knowledge along the way. And that, of course, is what genealogy is all about: acquiring and preserving knowledge for the next generations.

Is this list all of the FAQs for the group?

Not at all. If you go to and browse around, you’ll find much, much more. This article is just for general questions about posting to soc.genealogy.britain.

I want to post a question about my family history. How do I do it?
There is a general expectation in the group that you will have exhausted all of the normal avenues of research before asking this type of question. But first you need to know what they are!

Frequently Asked Questions

These should give you a good introduction into surname research, and the various tools and facilities available.

Be prepared, when you embark on family history research, not to get results quickly. It takes over a week to get BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) certificates back from the General Register Office for England and Wales (, unless you pay an expensive premium, and you’ll be spending a lot of time digging around various online and offline information sources before you make real progress.

It’s tempting to take a short cut, and post a general surname question to soc.genealogy.britain, but this is not to be recommended, as some regulars bite!

A good dictionary (for old occupations) and an atlas covering the counties of interest are worthwhile investments.

A visit to your local Library should produce several books on researching your family in the U.K. “Tracing Your Family Tree: The Comprehensive Guide To Discovering Your Family History” by Jean Cole & John Titford (earlier editions were by Jean Cole & Michael Armstrong) is one we can recommend.

Right, I’ve done all that, and I’m stuck. How DO I post?
Whoa there, Trigger! Have you checked whether the newsgroup has covered similar topics before? You will find the newsgroup archives at Google: .

At the top you will find a search box. You have the option of searching just soc.genealogy.britain or all Google newsgroups.

Finally, please read the other Frequently Asked Questions lists that are provided on this web site.

If you’re still stuck, or you want to ask about something related to family history (or even if you’ve an interesting anecdote), post away!

I want to speak with the manager!

There isn’t one! Anyone’s free to post anything they want, and no-one can be “thrown out” of a Usenet newsgroup that doesn’t have moderation – and s.g.b doesn’t. But if someone’s posted in a way that their Internet Service Provider would consider abuse – that usually means defamatory, unlawful, abusive of minorities, or liable to cause deliberate offence – you might consider telling their ISP. All newsreader software has an option to show the “headers” of the message – often described as “View Source”. By examining these headers, you can usually find an email address or method for reporting abuse. Don’t expect a personal response – most ISPs don’t admit to having sanctioned a customer – but if there is a flood of complaint, or a legal threat – ISPs generally do take action behind the scenes.

A word about Ancestry before we go any further

There’s a very useful for-pay site called Ancestry (in the UK, ). It has many different ways of searching for your ancestors, and it’s used by many of the genealogical community, not necessarily with good grace. However, recently they’ve introduced a “Buy Certificate” option on their Births, Marriages and Deaths searches. It’s the overwhelming consensus of the group that the “Buy Certificate” option is not worth using.

For England and Wales BMDs, the best and by far the cheapest way to obtain them is through the General Register Office ‘s web site. The basic service is £7 with delivery is in 5-7 working days, or £23 for the 24-hour service (plus £3 in both cases if you don’t know the GRO index number, which you can often get for free through FreeBMD ).

For Scottish BMDs, go to the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) instead (£13 standard service, £23 next-day, apply by writing or in person only). Better still, if you go to the Scotland’s People Centre and use their search rooms , for which you pay £10 per day, you can copy as many “statutory records” (certificate data) as you wish, for 50p per A4 page (£1 A3). If you can’t make it to the search rooms, you can download digital images of the certificates from Scotland’s People for £1.20 (five “credits”) each, based on a prepaid system charging £6 for 30 credits.

By contrast, Ancestry charges £19.99 for a 16 day service, or £39.99 for an “express” 6-day service! This is a money pit for novice family historians, and there is no good reason to use it in preference to better, cheaper and more canonical services provided by their Governmental sources.

(All prices correct as of 4th Sept 2009.)

Lists of Useful Links

We have links to a large number of very useful sites that contain research FAQs, over on the Useful Links page.

In memoriam

Family history starts with births, marriages and deaths. Sadly our membership occasionally contributes to the latter in person.

Hugh Watkins

On the 29th of December 2009, Hugh Watkins joined the death registry, to be researched in his own right. Hugh, a larger-than-life character in many ways, was an enthusiastic and regular contributor to soc.generalogy.britain. He frequently helped and mentored other members of the group, and was a well-known figure in many other areas of British genealogy, too. His online obiturary is here.

Don Moody

Not long ago, we lost a long-standing and famous – perhaps infamous – member: Don Moody. He died on the 27th February 2009, from complications of Type I diabetes. Don was highly intelligent, and deeply knowledgable about genealogy. He was also rather intolerant of newcomers or askers of obvious questions, who would become the aim of his wit: incisive, droll and acerbic in equal parts. His death notice, posted by soc.genealogy.britain by his son Danny, can be found here, along with a lot of group members’ obituaries and observations.

Nonetheless, Don was often entertaining, particularly if one was not his target, and he is remembered with wry fondness. Given his own restrained fondness for a certain beverage, it is an evolving tradition of soc.genealogy.britain to raise a glass of fine Scotch malt whisky to his memory whenever his name is mentioned. With that in mind … cheers, Don!

British Censuses

The soc.genealogy.britain Frequently Asked Questions about British Censuses

Please post corrections and amendments to soc.genealogy.britain.

This FAQ may be found at

Last updated 9th June 2008

Question: When was the census taken ?

Answer : There has been a census taken in the United Kingdom every ten years since 1801. However, those for 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 were statistical only and, therefore, of little or no assistance to the genealogist.

In a very few places, a record of names was retained by the local enumerator and some of these fragments may be found in record offices (check the Gibson Guide “Local Census Listings 1522 -1930” for details).

These listings are very sparse, but you may be lucky. The first census to be of real practical use to the genealogist was that of 1841, the first to record names nationally.


  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 6/7th June 1841
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 30/31st March 1851
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 7/8th April 1861
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 2/3rd April 1871
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 3/4th April 1881
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 5/6th April 1891
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 31st March / 1st April 1901
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 2/3rd April 1911*
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 19/20th June 1921
  • Midnight. Sun/Mon. 26/27th April 1931 ( English returns were destroyed in W.W. II, those for Scotland survive )
  • ** There was no Census taken in 1941 **
  • *(Not fully available before January 2012, although parts of the English returns will become available soon)

Question: Which Censuses are available online? Where can I see them?

Answer: There used to be a long, comprehensive and largely outdated list here of both online and offline census data. However, Daniel Morgan’s excellent summary page at makes them thoroughly obsolete, so please visit that page for more information.

Question: What about offline resources? CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and so on?

Answer:With the very large amount of online information now available for an annual fee, offline resources are a lot less important than they used to be. Having said that,there are a number of suppliers for census information on CD-ROM and DV-ROM.

Question: What information do I need to supply when I ask for a census

Answer: As much as possible! Surname, Given Name, Age, Spouse / Parents (if known) and finally both the Town and County where you believe them to have resided. Remember, some modern counties have names different to those given in the census. These CDs are only searchable by name and not by address unless you buy some extra (expensive) software.

Please do not ask for lookups at a specific address, ask for specific people instead.

Adoption – tracing someone else’s birth or adoption records

A short article about obtaining other people’s birth and adoption records.
The short answer is: you can’t.

This may seem dismissive, but it’s the simple truth. Under UK law, no-one but the adoptee can obtain their birth or adoption records. If the adoptee has died without obtaining their records, you are likely to be at a dead end.

In order to obtain the original birth certificate of anyone in the UK, you need to know a lot of information about them.

The full list (extracted from the GRI’s online application form) is:

  • Year birth was registered *
  • Surname at birth *
  • Forename(s) *
  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy) *
  • Place of birth *
  • Father’s surname *
  • Father’s forename(s) *
  • Mother’s maiden surname *
  • Mother’s surname at time of the birth
  • Mother’s forename(s) *
  • You must be able to fill in all of the asterisked (*) entries.

If you have access to the adoptee’s family, and they happen to know all these details (and are willing to release them to you), you can still obtain the original birth certificate, but it is very unusual for this to be the case.

Adoption – tracing your birth family

If you’re adopted, and want to find out about your natural relatives, maybe even contact them … what next?
This article describes adoption in the UK, with particular emphasis on England and Wales, the author’s area of knowledge. If you are familiar with the procedures and controls in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and would like to help extend or amend this article, please contact the Editor (using the Contact Us link at the top of the page), and we’ll take it from there.

Dealing with the issues

Why do you want to know?

This may seem like a silly question, but it’s a very important one. If you’re hoping to get a rapturous reception, and find a whole new family to embrace you, stop now. Adoption leaves scars for the birth parents (BPs), too, and in ways you might not have considered. Even if they loved you, they may have been pressured by their own family to have you adopted, and there may well be whispers of scandals within that family. Even if your BPs want to see you again, they may have to hide it from everyone else around them. That’s going to leave you feeling like a “dirty little secret”. And, of course, they may want nothing to do with you at all.

Alternatively, it might be that one of your BPs forced the other to have you adopted. That’s going to cause problems unless the parent who wanted you adopted has died or left, and only the loving parent remained.

It’s possible that they do want to contact you, but for the wrong reasons. Someone needs a kidney. Someone needs a loan. Someone’s so desperately emotionally needy that you won’t be able to get away from them.

Contacting your BPs and their family is a minefield. Be very certain that you’re doing this for the right reasons, and you’re prepared emotionally for the consequences, whatever they are.

Do you want to tell your adoptive parents?

This is another very tricky question.

Your adoptive parents (APs) have cared for you since adoption, until the present day. On the one hand, they may be supportive of your efforts to find your BPs. On the other, they may feel rejected or betrayed. Bear in mind that even if they do say they’re happy to help, there may still be some hidden feelings of rejection or resentment: they will probably be afraid of “losing” the child they brought up, in some sense.

Be sensitive to their feelings and their needs.

  • Tracing your family
  • Gather what you can, first
  • Be prepared to deal with an information vacuum.

Most adoptees don’t know much if anything about their birth parents’ (BPs’) names at the outset of the process.

Your starting point depends upon whether you can discuss your search with your adoptive parents (APs), as we touched on above. If you can, then get as much information as you can from your APs first. They should know about your original (birth) name, and possibly those of your BPs. They may even have met your BPs, and be able to give you descriptions, locations and so forth. In any case, whatever you can find ahead of time , from the people you already know, will be golden for you.

Getting the birth records

If you were born before 12th November 1975 (18th December 1987 for Northern Ireland), you have to have an interview with an adoption counsellor. This is because birth parents prior to that date gave their children up for adoption on the good-faith promise that their offspring couldn’t trace them. The counsellor, assuming that the interview is satisfactory, will obtain what birth and adoption records are available, and provide you with the ones you need. Sometimes this will be the whole set of records; sometimes it will be filtered by the counsellor, out of respect for still-living parties other than you.

If you were born after that date, the interview is optional: you can obtain the full set of records without any intervention. Speaking personally, I don’t recommend this route. A counsellor can help prepare you for consequences you hadn’t expected, can help to interpret the information that is presented, and will act as a go-between to help to make contact with members of your birth family. They may also have a lot of knowledge about how to trace your family tree, and will have a great deal of experience of how to manage family reunions. It’s a free service, so do consider taking advantage of it. If you go it alone, and botch it, you may destroy any chance of meeting your birth family.

Whichever route you intend to follow, you start by contacting the General Records Office. The link to their adoptees’ site is here . To apply for records access, you need to fill in the appropriate forms for England and Wales , for Scotland , or for Northern Ireland. The procedures from then onwards depend upon the region, so please consult their web sites through those links for further details.

What will I get?

At the very least, you’ll get your birth name. You should also get, if they are known, the date and place of birth and parents’ names. Of course, if you were a foundling, you might only find out where and when you were found. You will, at the very least, have enough information to apply for your original (full) birth certificate and adoption certificate.

The information in your birth records about your BPs, assuming they are known, can vary from just names through to detailed correspondence between them and the adoption agency or local authority. You will quite probably also find information about your APs. Bear in mind that some of that may not be what you expected, as you will be privy to private papers written by social workers who never expected them to be read by you, or the APs they were describing! My APs, for instance, were described as “colourless” – rather untruthfully!

What’s next?

Once you have obtained your birth records, and your original birth certificate, you can start to research your family. The birth records may well give you enough information to obtain birth, marriage and (prepare yourself for this) death certfiicates for your BPs. This is the first stage to tracing your family back in time, and sideways to find siblings or half-siblings, and other living relatives. Look in the general FAQs on this site for pointers to what to do next.

The biggest question is – do you want to try to trace your birth family? If you do – beware that from here on in, there is no map. You are unlikely to know whether you will be well received, or what rumours existed about your birth or BPs amongst their families.

Let’s assume that you do have living birth relatives. Do please consider using your adoption counsellor or some other trusted intermediary to make the first contact. There are too many things that can go wrong if you do not.

If you do manage to make contact successfully – congratulations, you’ve hit a deep seam of information you can mine to discover your genetic inheritance and family history. There is nothing quite like real, family-provided, history to help you in your researches.

UK Marriage Witness Index

Submitting new data for the UK Marriage Witness Index

In preparation for the MWI search engine’s appearance on this site, we welcome all comers to contribute additional records to the database. Here’s how.

The MWI database, to be hosted on this site, is stored in a MySQL database. The good news is that you don’t have to know SQL to submit more data – although we won’t complain if you do!

File formats

We can accept contributions in these forms:

  • Comma-separated values (.CSV);
  • MS Access (.MDB);
  • Excel spreadsheet (.XLS);
  • SQL (see later);
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice database or spreadsheet (.ODS, .SXW).

If you want to submit in a different format from these, please contact us to discuss it. We can probably work with more-or-less anything, provided we understand it.

The long and the short of it is: we can accept contributions in more-or-less any format, but it would be nice if you could help us by getting as close to ours as you can before submitting, as we’ve a lot of work ahead of us, and anything that can ease our burden is very, very welcome! With that in mind, please read the rest of this article before submitting, as it gives a lot of tips on how to provide us the data in the best possible format.

Database or spreadsheet structure

It will help us hugely if you can structure your database/spreadsheet to mirror ours. Because Ted Wildy’s field names (SURNAME1, SURNAME2, and so on) were a bit opaque, we’ve used our own, more reader-friendly, ones.

You can download an Excel spreadsheet template that includes all the correct field names. You can submit Excel spreadsheets, made using this template, to us without having to worry about converting to CSV first.

If you’re using our template, please use the value “0” for the “tag” field, and enter all dates in the format YYYY-MM-DD. Don’t convert the “married” or “date_entry” fields to Excel’s “date” format – that starts in 1900!

Here’s the field structure that we use. It’s written in SQL, but the same field names apply to spreadsheet submissions too:


witfirst VARCHAR(50), # Witness’s personal name

Unknown – leave as 0 (zero)

witsur VARCHAR(50), # Witness’s surname/family name
groomfirst VARCHAR(50), # Groom’s personal name
groomsur VARCHAR(50), # Groom’s surname/family name
bridefirst VARCHAR(50), # Bride’s personal name
bridesur VARCHAR(50), # Bridge’s surname/family name
married DATE, # Date of marriage, in YYYY-MM-DD form
church VARCHAR(50), # Name of church or other wedding ceremony venue
town VARCHAR(50), # Name of town where wedding ceremony held
cty CHAR(3), # Three-letter abbreviation for county (or country or other location if outside UK)
remarks VARCHAR(50), # Any relevant comments – ideally the origin of the entry data (e.g. source of marriage cert.)
entered_by VARCHAR(255), # Contributor’s name
member_no VARCHAR(50), # Membership number of contributor in their genealogy society (optional)
gensoc VARCHAR(50), # Contributor’s genealogy society (optional)
date_entry VARCHAR(50) # Date of creation of this entry);

This should be fairly self-explanatory, but note that the “cty” field is for the county, not the city, and uses the three letter abbreviations for county given at the end of this article. For locations outside the UK, the “cty” field can represent the country or location within a country.

VARCHAR and CHAR mean text fields (the number’s the maximum length). I have absolutely no idea what the “tag” field is for: it was in the original data with no explanation. The DATE format is “YYYY-MM-DD”. If your software can’t export a date in exactly that form, please try to get it as close as possible (numeric only, with obvious year, month and date) to make our conversion process easier.

Exporting in SQL

If your software can export in SQL, use the above schema, and create lines like this sample:

INSERT INTO ukwit97 (witfirst, tag, witsur, groomfirst, groomsur, bridefirst, bridesur, married, church, town, cty, remarks, entered_by, member_no, gensoc, date_entry) VALUES (“John”,”1″,”ABDALLA”,”Abraham”,”ABBOTT”,”Bridget”,”JORDAN”,”1857-05-26″,”Cathedral”,”Manchester”,”LAN”,NULL,”CURRAN Bryan, 7 Liston Cres, Hillcrest, Hamilton, NZ”,”434″,”NZ”,”89060″);

If you need to include double-quotes in the text itself, put a backslash before them. So, for example:

“This contains a \”double-quoted\” string.”

Submitting your data

Please email us (at [email protected] )to let us know in advance that you want to send us a file – and tell us how large it is. Please don’t send the file until we say you can, as our mailbox isn’t infinitely elastic!

Whichever the original format of the file, we strongly recommend that you send it in a .ZIP attachment (we can also deal with .tar.gz, .tgz, .tar.bz2 and .tbz2), to save our mailbox space, and to ensure that the email process doesn’t danage the file in transit. If you don’t know how to create a .ZIP attachment, please ask!

When you get the go-ahead, please email the file to the same address.

Thank you for helping and contributing to this project!

County abbreviations

The “city” field needs a three-letter county abbreviation. These are the valid values:

  • Abbreviation County (or country)
  • ABD Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • AGY Anglesey, Wales
  • ALD Alderney, Channel Islands
  • ANS Angus, Scotland
  • ANT Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • ARL Argyllshire, Scotland
  • ARM Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • AVN Avon, England
  • AYR Ayrshire, Scotland
  • BAN Banffshire, Scotland
  • BDF Bedfordshire, England
  • BEW Berwickshire, Scotland
  • BKM Buckinghamshire, England
  • BOR Borders, Scotland
  • BRE Breconshire, Wales
  • BRK Berkshire, England
  • BUT Bute, Scotland
  • CAE Caernarvonshire, Wales
  • CAI Caithness, Scotland
  • CAM Cambridgeshire, England
  • CAR Co. Carlow, Ireland
  • CAV Co. Cavan, Ireland
  • CEN Central, Scotland
  • CGN Cardiganshire, Wales
  • CHS Cheshire, England
  • CLA Co. Clare, Ireland
  • CLK Clackmannanshire, Scotland
  • CLV Cleveland, England
  • CMA Cumbria, England
  • CMN Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • CON Cornwall, England
  • COR Co. Cork, Ireland
  • CUL Cumberland, England
  • CWD Clwyd, Wales
  • DBY Derbyshire, England
  • DEN Denbighshire, Wales
  • DEV Devon, England
  • DFD Dyfed, Wales
  • DFS Dumfries-shire, Scotland
  • DGY Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • DNB Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • DON Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • DOR Dorset, England
  • DOW Co. Down, Northern Ireland
  • DUB Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • DUR Co. Durham, England
  • ELN East Lothian, Scotland
  • ENG England
  • ERY East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • ESS Essex, England
  • FER Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • FIF Fife, Scotland
  • FLN Flintshire, Wales
  • GAL Co. Galway, Ireland
  • GLA Glamorgan, Wales
  • GLS Gloucestershire, England
  • GMP Grampian, Scotland
  • GNT Gwent, Wales
  • GSY Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • GTM Greater Manchester, England
  • GWN Gwynedd, Wales
  • HAM Hampshire, England
  • HEF Herefordshire, England
  • HLD Highland, Scotland
  • HRT Hertfordshire, England
  • HUM Humberside, England
  • HUN Huntingdonshire, England
  • HWR Hereford and Worcester, England
  • INV Inverness-shire, Scotland
  • IOM Isle of Man
  • IOW Isle of Wight, England
  • IRL Ireland
  • JSY Jersey, Channel Islands
  • KCD Kincardineshire, Scotland
  • KEN Kent, England
  • KER Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • KID Co. Kildare, Ireland
  • KIK Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
  • KKD Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
  • KRS Kinross-shire, Scotland
  • LAN Lancashire, England
  • LDY Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • LEI Leicestershire, England
  • LET Co. Leitrim, Ireland
  • LEX Co. Laois, Ireland
  • LIM Co. Limerick, Ireland
  • LIN Lincolnshire, England
  • LKS Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • LND London, England
  • LOG Co. Longford, Ireland
  • LOU Co. Louth, Ireland
  • LTN Lothian, Scotland
  • MAY Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • MDX Middlesex, England
  • MEA Co. Meath, Ireland
  • MER Merionethshire, Wales
  • MGM Mid Glamorgan, Wales
  • MGY Montgomeryshire, Wales
  • MLN Midlothian, Scotland
  • MOG Co. Monaghan, Ireland
  • MON Monmouthshire, Wales
  • MOR Morayshire, Scotland
  • MSY Merseyside, England
  • NAI Nairn, Scotland
  • NBL Northumberland, England
  • NFK Norfolk, England
  • NIR Northern Ireland
  • NRY North Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • NTH Northamptonshire, England
  • NTT Nottinghamshire, England
  • NYK North Yorkshire, England
  • OFF Co. Offaly, Ireland
  • OKI Orkney, Scotland
  • OXF Oxfordshire, England
  • PEE Peebles-shire, Scotland
  • PEM Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • PER Perth, Scotland
  • POW Powys, Wales
  • RAD Radnorshire, Wales
  • RFW Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • ROC Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
  • ROS Co. Roscommon, Ireland
  • ROX Roxburghshire, Scotland
  • RUT Rutland, England
  • SAL Shropshire, England
  • SCT Scotland
  • SEL Selkirkshire, Scotland
  • SFK Suffolk, England
  • SGM South Glamorgan, Wales
  • SHI Shetland, Scotland
  • SLI Co. Sligo, Ireland
  • SOM Somerset, England
  • SRK Sark, Channel Islands
  • SRY Surrey, England
  • SSX Sussex, England
  • STD Strathclyde, Scotland
  • STI Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • STS Staffordshire, England
  • SUT Sutherland, Scotland
  • SXE East Sussex, England
  • SXW West Sussex, England
  • SYK South Yorkshire, England
  • TAY Tayside, Scotland
  • TIP Co. Tipperary, Ireland
  • TWR Tyne and Wear, England
  • TYR Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • WAL Wales
  • WAR Warwickshire, England
  • WAT Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • WEM Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • WES Westmorland, England
  • WEX Co. Wexford, Ireland
  • WGM West Glamorgan, Wales
  • WIC Co. Wicklow, Ireland
  • WIG Wigtownshire, Scotland
  • WIL Wiltshire, England
  • WIS Western Isles, Scotland
  • WLN West Lothian, Scotland
  • WMD West Midlands, England
  • WOR Worcestershire, England
  • WRY West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • WYK West Yorkshire, England
  • YKS Yorkshire, England
  • IND India


What’s with this “membership” thing?

Membership is a facility we’ve introduced that falls firmly in the “for future use” category, for most people. There is no charge for membership, and no plans to introduce one. The whole point of an FAQs site is to be as open as possible, so that people use it!

If you’d like to join, click on the “Contact us” link at the bottom of the page; the registration form’s there. (When we put it on the front page, it gets abused by link spammers.)

We have the facility to set up on this site forums for discussion, but this site’s purpose is to provide FAQs for the soc.genealogy.britain Usenet newsgroup, and that’s where discussions really ought to stay, so we’re not really considering forums right now.

Membership does have some uses already, though. Membership comes in these types:

Name & What it confers:

  • Registered The default level. Gives us your name and email address, and lets us keep you up to date with changes on the site. It also lets you use the “Contact us” form. See later for privacy information.
  • Editor Can create and edit articles, but not publish them (needs a Publisher to OK them for publication).
  • Publisher An Editor who can also approve articles (including their own) for publication.
  • Administrator Actually, there are several levels of Administrator, with increasing privileges. As the name suggests Administrators get to control the actual workings behind the site.
  • Any Administrator can upgrade your membership – email editor-usenet-faqs (at) if you want to join the editorial team.

If you have any misgivings about giving us your email address, please check out the Privacy FAQs, within the Site FAQs. There should also be a link to them right at the bottom of this page.

One last comment. We regularly get membership requests from some very dubious-looking sources. Any new users whose registration appears to be fraudulent will be removed promptly, to prevent abuse by spammers “scraping” for email addresses or seeking to hack the site. Please understand that we will not define what we mean by “dubious-looking”, as we do not wish to help those ne’er-do-wells evade our blocking mechanisms. If your registration has been deleted unfairly, please contact the site admin using the link at the bottom of the page.