Thursday, April 09, 2009 website topping 650 million records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at . Please address all inquiries to Robert Woods by email at readies website for new data releases

The team at the Family History website is in the final stages of a new website design that will enhance and simplify the way records can be accessed on its website. Previously Familyrelatives' members were able to click on one of two tabs to access records from England and the United States.

Now with the growth of data sets and the forthcoming addition of records from Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States it has been necessary to expand the tabs and simplify the website layout to accommodate the growing number of datasets.

The improvements include a New Menu which allows users to be more selective in their viewing, as well as new search pages which will make it easier to navigate and use the website. Databases have been classified into regions making it simpler to locate data. Additional search refinements will also assist in making searches faster and more efficient.

"We have been listening to our members who have complimented the clear and straightforward design. They liked the no-nonsense approach we have taken and so we decided to build and expand on these features in anticipation of the new data sets that will be uploaded over the coming months. The groundwork has been well prepared and as well as expanding the data that will be available to our members, in the very near future we will be introducing a number of other new features including a new image viewer and a calendar which will benefit our members" added a spokesman for the website.

As the amount of data on the website expands the different Country tabs will clearly indicate those new data sets being added. Members with subscriptions are able to take advantage of the new datasets. The new design is available to all members via the website.

About is one of the leading websites for searching birth, marriage and death indexes online and is unique as the first website to provide the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales for the period 1837-2005 having fully transcribed over 150 million records between 1866 and 1920.

Subsequently developed and added many new useful free social and community features including the facility to add comments to records that provide unique insights into individuals. Create an announcement and leave a tribute or make a special announcement on an upcoming event. is instrumental in helping family historians to search and find their ancestors with greater ease by providing both free and pay-per-view datasets.

Since its launch continues to add new records and now has over 650 million records available online for England, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. The focus this year will be to build on its rapidly growing presence, ensuring that records are available to as wide an audience as possible in the United Kingdom and abroad.

For a full list of records online please visit

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