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TheGenealogist: What do you get for your money?

TheGenealogist's master search page is minimalistic looking but has some powerful options. Search for a person, family or address in all records or in a specific record group. Fields include forename, surname, keywords such as place or occupation, and year of event.

Searching from the master search screen for my great-aunt, Laura Jane Williams, born 1867 (+/- 2 years) on the Isle of Wight, England, returns 97 results. The first three results are relevant and include 1871 census, birth, and 1881 census.

Standard collections include census records from 1841-1911 for England and Wales, birth, marriage and death indexes England and Wales from 1837-2005. Specialised record collections include transcripts, parish and Nonconformist records, land and tithe records, military records, directories, court and criminal records, and many others.

  • Search results include enough details to find the correct record without having to open each transcription or document.
  • Family search and address search are helpful when searching the census records.
  • Matching records can be saved to a research log or the online tree and results of later searches show if these records have been viewed or saved previously.
  • Often, after finding a relevant record, there is an opportunity to perform a 'smart search' of another record group, based on the information from the found record.

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