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Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Perhaps your ancestral trail seems to be leading you into records you're unfamiliar with? Or maybe you're having some problems with our latest search features?
To help you get the most from your membership, we've launched our brand new Help & Advice Centre. Whether you're new to family history or have become a seasoned researcher, you're sure to find some valuable gems of advice.
This new addition to our site revolves around three main areas. In 'How to use our website', we show you how to make the most of all our useful tools. You'll find handy tutorials on everything from searching records and viewing original documents to setting up your own family tree.
'Exploring the records' is packed with fascinating articles explaining what our different collections contain, and how best to search them. If you're new to family history, you'll find our guides to census documents and birth, marriage and death records particularly helpful. Additionally, if you've taken your research back to the 1830s and want to make your next breakthroughs, check out our invaluable advice on searching parish registers.
Finally, check the articles in the 'Family history advice' section. Here you'll find great tips on research strategies including how to avoid the most common family history pitfalls, using old photos as part of your research, interpreting old handwriting and more.
Everyone's heard of the Domesday Book - William I's survey of Britain in 1086. But did you know that in 1909, the Liberal government performed another huge audit of Britain's landowners? The Domesday Survey, as it was referred to at the time, resulted in the 1910 Valuation Books - and many of these important historical records form our latest new release.
Members of the Ancestry World Archives Project have just finished transcribing our new collection London Land Tax Valuations, 1910. This lets you search 4,000 crucial records from the Valuation Books, covering the City of London and Paddington. Whether your relatives were homeowners or tenants, you can find out what their house was like, where it was, how much land was involved, whether they owned it, and more.
This vital collection covers around 35,000 properties in London and includes more than 70,000 names. Because of the amount of migration to and from the capital around the turn of the century, most of you will find at least one ancestor among them. The pages also provide the houses' values, which act as an effective guide to how wealthy your forebears were.
The survey was actually used to work out how much each property had increased in value, and how much tax landowners would have to pay on these increases. As a result, it was hugely unpopular with wealthier members of society. In this case, though, our ancestors' loss is our gain, as we're able to uncover valuable details about their lives.
The Valuation Books are available to Premium and Worldwide members. Upgrade now to search the records
Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 opens its doors at London Olympia from 25-27 February. This year's show is shaping up to be a cracker - if you haven't got your ticket yet, take advantage of our special 2 for £25 offer to make sure you don't miss out.
Hundreds of people have already confirmed they'll be there - including top celebrities from inside and outside the family history world. TV historian Tony Robinson will appear at the Ancestry.co.uk Academy on Friday 25 February.
Tony will be joined by some of your favourite stars from the latest WDYTYA? TV series, sharing their memories from the show and revealing more family secrets. Already confirmed for the Who Do You Think You Are? Theatre are celebrity gardener Monty Don for Friday, Holby City actor Hugh Quarshie for Saturday and finally on Sunday celebrity chef Anisley Harriott.
If you're more interested in furthering your own research, the Ancestry.co.uk Academy will also host different workshops on getting started, going further and tracing forebears around the world. Plus, you'll find a separate tutorial on the new Family Tree Maker® 2011. Download your free timetable
The show's the perfect opportunity to mix with some of family history's most renowned experts, and get solutions to your research problems. Our knowledgeable team will be on-hand to help you on our main stand - 616, and you'll be able to meet top industry insiders from our partners in our exclusive Members' Lounge. You can also get your questions answered in the dedicated Ask the Experts area.
Completing the picture are representatives from family history societies up and down the country, in the Society of Genealogists Family History Show. It's your once-a-year chance to fulfil all your genealogical needs - get your ticket now
Popular opinion would have us believe that today's newspapers are tomorrow's chip paper. Ask anyone who's spent any time looking into their family history, though, and they'll tell you that old papers are actually hot news. As well as uncovering specific events from your ancestors' lives, they can help you put them in context alongside wider world issues.
Many of you will have tried our searchable articles from The Times, 1788-1833. You can either look for one of your forebears - if you think they'd have warranted a mention - find a report of a particular event, or browse the editions by date. We also have similar collections from local newspapers across Great Britain and Ireland - see them all in our Card Catalogue
Alongside these headline items, we've recently added some other newsworthy releases. Perhaps most notable of these is the Illustrated London News, covering various years from the second half of the 19th century.
As its name suggests, this was the first British newspaper to regularly include pictures. Among our scanned and searchable pages, you'll see contemporary sketches of important historical events such as the Irish Potato Famine and the Boer War.
We've also released issues of the Penny Magazine from 1832-44. This budget-price journal brought education to the masses, with a mixture of culture, history and poetry. Even if you can't track down specific mentions of your relatives, you may find personal anecdotes about events they attended, or descriptions of places they once visited.
Also look out for brand new collections from Lancashire, Somerset, Nottinghamshire and other English counties - again, see them all in our Card Catalogue
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