Welcome to the genealogy section of the Basinga Extra website. This part of the site is now edited by Jan Barlow of The Great British Ancestry Company, a family history research company which is partly based in Old Basing.
Interest in family history has increased significantly in recent years. This has no doubt been helped by the popularity of programmes such as the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Heir Hunters”, and the greater accessibility of historical records such as censuses which are now available online. Our company researches the family trees for many clients who feel they either don’t have the time or the research skills to research their family history themselves, but we also work with clients who have done a lot of work themselves, but who need additional help breaking down some of the “brick walls” they encounter. We are aware that people’s interests can range from it being an extremely absorbing and time-consuming hobby researching their detailed family histories, to having a general history in local and social history and the part local people and communities have played in that.
Over the coming months, our aim will be to support people researching their own family trees by giving useful tips and ideas, signposting to resources which can help people with their research, and also overseeing a genealogy forum on the website where people can support each other with advice and by sharing their experiences. We will also be posting articles on the site which we hope will be of interest to genealogy enthusiasts, as well as to local people more generally.
To find out more about us, please visit The Great British Ancestry Company’s website at www.greatbritishancestry.co.uk. Our full contact details are available on the website.
Lots of subscription websites charge over £20 for copies of birth, marriage and death certificates. Did you know that you can order them direct from the General Register Office (GRO) for only £9.25 each? Visit http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp for details.
There are now many websites which offer family historians access to a huge number of records online, including births, marriages and death, and census records, usually on a subscription or pay-per-view basis. Here are some which you might find helpful:
The Society of Genealogists is also an extremely useful resource. Based in London, the Society has an enormous amount of material, ranging from original parish registers on microfiche and microfilm, transcriptions of registers, trade directories, and a wealth of material about geographical areas and professions. You can access the material by taking out an annual membership or by purchasing a day visitor pass. The Society’s catalogue is available to view online at www.sog.org.uk
If you are particularly interested in Hampshire family history, the following will be useful:
Here are some links suggested by our readers.
If you know of any other useful resources please let us know. email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any genealogy-related questions, would like to share your research tips, ideas and experiences, or would like help in tracing ancestors, you can visit the genealogy forum on the site by clicking here.
If you would like to share your trees or surname studies with us, please send them to us at email@example.com, and we will upload them so that other people can view them. Please be mindful not to share any personal details about individuals still living (such as date and place of birth) to maintain their privacy and protect them from the risk of identity theft, credit card fraud etc.