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Apr 11 16

2016 WDYTYA? Live

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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I’m just back home after my trip away to dear old ‘Brum’ to see the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show (some of my own family history relates to this city).

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2016 at the NEC

In its second year at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham it certainly continues to meet expectations as being the world’s largest family history show. There were all levels of researchers attending over the three day event. From talking with many of them I could quickly see that some were quite clearly just starting out in tracing their family trees and looking for some help with where to find their forebears.

There were also those more experienced researchers wanting to see if any of the new records and tools, that the major sites were offering, would help them discover more about their elusive ancestors. A number of professional genealogists were at the event to network and give lecture talks, or work on the many stands that packed the hall. stand and presentation theatre


I really enjoyed mixing with my fellow minded family historians at the show and catching some of the really interesting talks such as those by leading genealogists Laura Berry and Celia Heritage, plus the Breaking down brick walls talk by Mark Bayley on TheGenealogist stand.

I also got to talk to some old and new friends and catch up with some of my fellow bloggers in the family history blogosphere. Dick Eastman, from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and I shared commiserations about how tired our feet felt by the Saturday and it was really good to meet up in person with John D. Reid from Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.

I shall be posting some videos from the event shortly, but in the mean time here are a few photo’s to give a flavour of the show.

Celia Heritage gives a genealogy tutorial on TheGenealogist stand

Celia Heritage gives a genealogy tutorial on TheGenealogist stand.


Lectures were held in several SoG theatres throughout the hall

Lectures were held in several theatres throughout the hall.


Genealogy products for sale at the S&N Genealogy Supplies stand

Genealogy products for sale at the S&N Genealogy Supplies stand.


Stands at the WDYTYA? Live 2015.

Some of the stands at the WDYTYA? Live 2015.


Spitfire on display at the NEC for the WDYTYA? Live

A Spitfire on display at the NEC for the WDYTYA? Live.


Family history societies showing at the WDYTYA? Live show

Many Family history societies were attending at the WDYTYA? Live show.


Professional Genealogist Laura Berry

Laura Berry, a Professional Genealogist who has worked as one of the lead researchers on family history television programmes and written the book Discover Your Ancestor’s Occupation.


Professional genealogist Celia Heritage

Professional genealogist, writer and teacher: Celia Heritage.


Andrew Chapman, Editor of Discover Your Ancestor's Magazine

Andrew Chapman, the Editor of Discover Your Ancestor’s Magazine.




Apr 2 16

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2016…are you going?

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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Who Do You Think You Are? Live
For all of us that enjoy finding out about our ancestors and what they did, then the annual treat of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show is coming next week to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

I’m looking forward to being there to see what new tips I can pick up, catch up with like minded folk – who are not embarrassed about talking about family history – and seeing what new records have been made available.

If you like the idea then why not come along to ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live’ – the world’s largest family history show – on from the 7th to the 9th April? This year there is also the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ show in one of the other halls at the NEC between 7th and the 10th April so you can really immerse yourself in celebrating the past.

At Who Do You Think You Are? Live, Antiques Roadshow experts and heirloom detectives, Eric Knowles and Marc Allum, will be on hand to help date any family treasures and place them in their social context. Or pop along to the photograph daters who will be looking at the styling, dress and background of your old photographs to unlock the secrets that they contain. The Society of Genealogists will be offering one-to-one guidance on your family history research and there are many talks to listen to both on the stands and in the theatres around the hall. You can listen to TV presenter and Strictly star Anita Rani whose WDYTYA? TV episode was so emotionally interesting. There are a whole host of seminars, presentations and workshops about DNA and tracing your family tree and breaking down your brick walls. Plus there will even be a full-size replica Spitfire at the show complete with its own ground crew and WW2 props.

While at Antiques for Everyone more than 230 specialist dealers will be in attendance offering a huge variety of desirable and unusual items. The fair is known for its ceramics, glass, paintings and British and continental furniture, jewellery and vintage clothing, art deco items, silver, decorative collectables, to 20th century design and contemporary pieces.


Antiques for Everyone will be at the NEC, Halls 18-19. from April 7 to 10. Admission costs from £12. For further information and to book advance ticket visit

Who Do You Think You Are? Live is also at the NEC, hall 2. from April 7 to 9. Admission costs from £16. All workshops must be booked in advance. For further information visit:


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Mar 27 16

New book resource to help find your seafaring ancestors

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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Tracing Your Seafaring Ancestors

Those of you who have followed me for some time may realise that I have a number of seafaring ancestors in my family tree. As the wind this Easter blows up around Force 7 to 8, with the prospect of it reaching Sever Gale 9 as Storm Katie crashes her way into our lives tonight, my thoughts naturally turn to those who make their living at sea and those of my ancestors who made theirs on ships big and small.

Perhaps it was happenstance that this weekend I should get a press release from a publisher notifying me about a new book from Simon Wills that came out in February. This volume is a comprehensive guide to interpreting photographs of seafaring ancestors from 1850 to 1950. It is aimed at helping you identify your ancestor’s roles at sea. and it explains their ranks and medals and will provide the researcher with tips for investigating careers. The book is a fascinating insight into Britain’s maritime history so if you, like me, have sea salt in your blood then it is worth taking a look.

TRACING YOUR SEAFARING ANCESTORS by Simon Wills is published by Pen & Sword RRP: £14.99
ISBN: 9781473834330

Photographs of your seafaring ancestors may tell you more about their lives
than you realise, and Simon Wills’ helpful and practical guide shows you how to
identify and interpret the evidence caught on camera. Since maritime roles have
been so vital to Britain’s prosperity and military might, they are among the
commonest professions depicted in photographs of our ancestors, and this
handbook is the ideal introduction to them.

Maybe your ancestor was a seaman in the Royal Navy, a ship’s captain, a
steward on an ocean liner, or an officer in the naval reserves? This book shows
you how to spot photographic clues to an individual’s career. Whether your
ancestor served in the merchant navy or the Royal Navy or in another seagoing
role such as a fisherman, a Royal Marine, or even a ship’s passenger, Simon
Wills’ book will be your guide.

About the Author
Dr Simon Wills is a genealogist and journalist and a regular contributor to
Family Tree, BBC Who Do You Think You Are? and other magazines. He writes
mainly about maritime history and genealogy, but he also has a special interest
in health and disease in the past. He works as an information specialist, writer
and advisor to the National Heath Service and other healthcare organisations. His
most recent publications are his history of British passengers at sea, Voyages
from the Past, and a well-received novel Lifeboatmen.

Buy a copy of this family history book here now

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Mar 20 16

Is this a Primary Source for my family tree?

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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ManuscriptWhat actually is a primary source when it comes to family tree research?

Does an interview with an ancestor in a newspaper count as a primary source?

In my family tree, for example, we have my 2x great grandfather, Henry Thomas Thorne, being interviewed by the Dartmouth Chronicle in November 1904. This was on the occasion of his retirement after forty years on the railway steamer across the River Dart.

I would argue that the actual newspaper article fits the criteria to be a primary family history source as it, supposedly, is a faithful reproduction of his words.

But what about where a newspaper, or magazine, has written a factual account of an event in which an ancestor had been a part of and which was published at the time of the event? This is perhaps a bit more tricky. The press are often liable to put a spin on the way they present an item to their readers. Can this article be taken as a primary source, for our family history, when it is subject to the interpretation of the author?

My view on this is that what we have there is a derived primary source. It is the same principle as a census transcript is a derived primary source, or an abstract of an ancestor’s last will and testament is a derived primary source. I wonder what others think?

If the article had been written some time after the event, then this would definitely make it a secondary source. So a piece about the Victorian history of Dartmouth, and published in the 1970s, is obviously a secondary source – interesting as it maybe for its insight into the social history of an ancestor’s town.

A primary source, I have always been taught, is a document or physical object that was written or created at the time, or perhaps close to the time of the event or period that we are examining. These can be the original documents or the first-hand accounts of an event, or time period, that someone has lived through. Primary sources are valued by the researcher for being the most reliable in furnishing them with good information. Even though this is the case we are still aware, however, that primary sources can also contain errors, so any information we glean from them needs to be be corroborated.

I believe that a derived primary source is a source based on something that is a primary source. Examples of these would include the transcriptions of census records or an abstract of a will or an obituary. Here someone has copied the information from one source to create the derived source and so there is the chance that mistakes may have been made. It may have been unintentional but wrong information can so easily be copied and therefore it is always good practice for the family historian to check the original document where ever possible.

My conclusion is that the article, about my ancestor’s time sailing on the railway ferry, would be a primary source. However, I have only ever seen a typed transcription of this actual article and as such this makes it a derived primary source. If I, or another, were to use the article to then write about Henry Thorne’s time on the steamer, then this would be a secondary source.

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Mar 13 16

Criminally insane or cold-blooded murderer?

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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Discover Your AncestorsI had a really interesting time researching my article about a 19th century cause célèbre, which has been published in this month’s Discover Your Ancestors online periodical.

The story is about a jilted lover who murders his ex-fiancée, in a sleepy Derbyshire village, and then helps a good Samaritan carry her home!

My background research found that it caused a good bit of indignation amongst the newspapers of the time; their view was that the reason preventing him keeping a date, with the official hangman, was that his family had money and claimed that he was insane.

Convicted by a jury, the judge passed the sentence of death on the prisoner – but then wrote to the Home Secretary to plea for a stay of execution!

The Home Secretary was forced to set up not one, but two enquires into the sanity of the man, while the unfortunate victim’s family mobilised their own powerful connections to have the sentence carried out.

Was the man insane, or was he just a cold-blooded murderer?

The incensed newspaper reports, urging that the murderer be hanged, were strangely reminiscent of the way the press today will take a stance that they think to be popular with their target readers.

To delve into this fascinating story I was able to access a plethora of records on TheGenealogist website including: The Illustrated London News, Census records, Tithe Records for Derbyshire and various Trade Directories.


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Mar 6 16

Can you find my ancestor?

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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Family History Researcher Academy

“Can you find my ancestor?” this old friend asked, pointing at the computer.


I took a look at the record set that they were using and broadened the date search out another +/- 5 years for them.


With a triumphant smile I replied: “Well I can if I look for them in the right year!”

“But they weren’t supposed to have been born then!” they indignantly said.

My friend was at the end of their tether. They has been looking for their ancestor for ages and they couldn’t understand why they couldn’t find them.

Looking in the wrong year is a quite common mistake to make and can really throw you off the track. Perhaps you are acting on some family tale, or a written note that is the ‘received wisdom’ in the family? Sometimes people seem so sure about a date in their past that they can be really adamant about it. Always treat a date as a clue to something until you have found the primary source that backs it up.

I saw a date, written down by a close relative of mine, that said that my great-great grandfather was born in a particular year. A check for the date of his birth required me to do a search for five years either side until I eventually found his correct date in the indexes, rather like in my friend’s example above.

The provider of the information had simply got their memories mixed up. The lesson is always try to confirm the information given to you by others by also checking the primary sources, before putting them into your family tree. If at first you don’t have luck try looking either side by 2 years, then 5, then 10 – increasing your date range out if need be.

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Mar 3 16

Prisoner of War Records from WWII

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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A press release from the British Genealogy Website, TheGenealogist, announces that it has added over 150,000 World War II Prisoner of War records to its already significant military records collection. These new records detail Officers and other ranks from the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and those members of the British Empire land forces that were held as Prisoners of War in Germany and German Occupied territories.

This release will allow researchers to discover servicemen held by the Germans between 1939-1945 and includes many of the brave escapees whose stories of breaking out and dashing to freedom have captured the imagination for decades.

These records allow us to:

  • Research PoWs who served in Armies and other land forces of Britain and the Empire 1939-45 along with the Naval and Air Forces of Great Britain and the Empire 1939-1945

  • Find names and details of men who were captured and incarcerated in German PoW camps in Europe

  • Check the details such as names, service numbers, and regiments of ancestors that were German PoWs

  • Search for daring escapees from within the camp lists

  • Research where your military ancestors were held, revealing their camp number and location

  • Discover the ranks, PoW numbers, Service numbers and Regiments of those held

Covering the Nazi German camps in Europe, these lists are taken from official alphabetical nominal registers and reveal names and other particulars of:

  • 94,608 British PoWs in Germany, including Officers and other ranks

  • 39,805 PoWs from Empire Land Forces

  • 19,250 Naval & Air Force PoWs from Britain & its Empire

Joining an already comprehensive range of military records on TheGenealogist that span from 1661 to the 1940s, these lists are a useful addition for researchers. TheGenealogist’s military collections already include Army, Navy and Air Force Lists, Dambuster records, First World War PoWs, plus many other records.

Examining some of the names of WWII Prisoners of War released online at allows us to uncover the brave and determined Allied servicemen who made escape attempts from the Nazi German PoW Camps. One brave serviceman, although hampered by being a double amputee from an air accident from before the war, still did his duty to try and escape.

The famous WW2 Air Ace with no legs – Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader by Devon S A (Mr), Royal Air Force official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From the RAF Officers listed in the recently released Second World War Prisoner of War lists on TheGenealogist, we can find Acting Wing Commander Douglas Bader, whose story was immortalized in the book and film Reach for the Sky.

On 9th August 1941, Bader, a formidable air ace, was flying a Spitfire on patrol over France when he was forced to bail out over German-occupied territory. He had jettisoned the spitfire’s cockpit canopy, released his harness pin, and the air rushing past the open cockpit started to suck him out. Unfortunately, for Bader, his prosthetic leg was trapped in the plane and he was part way out of the cockpit but still attached to his aircraft. Bader and his aircraft fell for some time before he released his parachute, at which point the leg’s retaining strap snapped under the strain and so he managed to get free of the plane. Captured, the Germans treated him with respect and even gave the British free passage to drop off a replacement leg for Bader over a German occupied French airfield.

PoW WW2 record Douglas Bader

Bader didn’t appreciate being a prisoner of war and made a number of escape attempts. Because he was considered likely to break out again by his captors, he was eventually sent to the infamous Colditz Castle – as we can see from the record on TheGenealogist, it shows he was incarcerated in Camp No: O4C which relates to Oflag 4C Saalhaus Colditz. It was here that Douglas Bader remained for the rest of the war until April 1945 when the camp was eventually liberated by the United States Army.

His name can be seen on the Battle of Britain War Memorial on the Victoria Embankment. A record, plus an image of this memorial, can be found on TheGenealogist amongst other military records that also include mentions of Douglas Bader in the various Air Lists.

The addition of the World War II Prisoner of War records to TheGenealogist gives family historians a fascinating insight into this period of recent history and allows them to add more depth to their research.

RAF war memorial on TheGenealogist
War Memorial Records on TheGenealogist
Feb 28 16

Help! I can’t find my ancestor in the records.

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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Break Down Your Family History Brick WallsI often get emails from my blog readers and members of my Family History Researcher course asking what I’d do to solve their family history brick wall.


A recent question revolved around a missing person who eluded the writer in that they couldn’t be found in the records for the town where that person’s family were from.


My first reaction was to ask them this question:

“Are you sure that you are looking in the correct area?”

I had to go on to explain why I asked this as so often we may think that our ancestor lived in a certain town or area, but we can forget that people moved around – even in the olden days!

We may get a fixation that our ancestors were all from one place and so we get frustrated when all of the family members don’t appear where we believe they should. In some cases it is a town, or a district, that we have assumed our ancestor should have been registered in. We may have reason to think that, because that was where other records have shown them to have lived that they spent all their life there.

Sometimes it may well be worth taking a look in the surrounding area and the neighbouring districts and towns as the family may have moved to get employment, or to be near other family who have themselves moved. Other times it is worth considering the draw of the big cities when social conditions in our ancestor’s home town forced a move, because of lack of jobs in their home area.

Some of the problem may be that we have misunderstood the records.

In 1837 the government introduced civil registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths (BMDs) in England & Wales. If you can’t find your ancestor in the indexes for the town that you expected to find them then check the surrounding areas as well, especially in the first few years after 1837.

There is a very good reason for this. Early local Registrars were paid by results and they were made responsible for gathering the information from the people. A financial incentive could lead to them gathering as many registrations into their area, rather than to the one where you would naturally have expected to find your ancestor.

Later on the responsibility for registering vital events was transferred on to the public and so they were much more likely go to the correct registrar for their place of abode.

So when you can’t find an ancestor where you had expected them to be then take a look at the records in the surrounding areas.

If it is within the Parish Church records that you are having difficulty finding baptisms, marriages and burials for you forebears, then broaden your search out to the churches in the neighbouring parishes.

To find the bordering parishes, to the one where your ancestor lived, you can use the free tool on

There is also a handy bit of free software called the Parish Locator Program that you can download to your computer. It is a mapping tool that you can use to find contiguous parishes. I reveal more about useful maps that you can use inside the Maps & Charts module in the Family History Researcher Academy course at

If you are wondering where you may find your elusive English/Welsh ancestor then take the plunge. Learn more about the records and resources both online and off.

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Feb 21 16

Behind the scenes at an archive

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Jersey Archive

Jersey Archive

I woke up on Saturday morning and heard on my local radio that there was a behind the scenes tour of the Jersey Archive that day.

Well that was me sorted with something to do, especially as it was grey and drizzly outside!

I’ve not had the chance to see the strongroom and workings of this archive before, although I have once been on a tour round the Devon Heritage Centre (Devon County Record Office) in Exeter some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about what goes on there.


Jersey Archive was established as part of Jersey Heritage in 1993. The Archive is the Island’s national repository holding archival material from public institutions as well as private businesses and individuals. It is part of the Jersey Heritage Trust, who run the Jersey Museum and various other heritage sites for the island.
Jersey Archive Catalogue

Jersey Archive online catalogue

My tour began at 11:30 in the light and airy front reception area with Linda Romeril, Head of Archives and Collections, leading us around.

Jersey Archive was rather late to be established in comparison to The National Archives in England (which as The Public Record Office was set up in 1838) or the various County Record Offices in England & Wales that started in the 1900s. This has, been turned to its advantage by it being able to catalogue its collections from the very start using a computer database.

It has a purpose built premises designed to preserve the 600 years of records in a temperature controlled strongroom that is in a block which, while attached by a linking corridor, does not form part of the main building. This minimizes any fire risk that the reading room and staff offices may present to the stored historical documents.

Jersey Archive Family History records

As was of no surprise to me, the number one reason for people to visit the archive was to do family history research, followed by house history, researching the German Occupation of the island in WWII and then academic research etc.

Reading room Jersey Archive

Reading room Jersey Archive

As well as collecting and preserving records the Archive is committed to making archives available to all members of the local and worldwide community. To this end researchers are able to access the online catalogue and pay-to-view and download certain documents via their website.

Records that are stored at Jersey Archive are catalogued by the staff and made available via the Jersey Heritage Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The OPAC allows you to search through the archives by entering a name, place or subject that is relevant to your research.


The tour took us into the strong room, another of which is being planned to take care of the ever increasing records that the Jersey Archive can expect in the future. These will include the facility to take care of the many new digital records being created by the island’s government, something that other depositories around the country are no doubt considering how to handle.

Behind the sealed door of the strong room, on the first of several levels that we entered, the temperature controlled atmosphere was kept at a standard 13-23 degrees Celsius, with the humidity controlled at 60%. In case of fire the Jersey Archive has a system where the air inside the strongroom would quickly be replaced by Inergen inert gas. This is obviously preferable to ruining all the preserved documents by drenching them in water from a conventional sprinkler system!

It was fascinating to see the documents and books neatly contained in cardboard boxes, referenced and placed on shelves which allow the circulation of air. Indeed the boxes have four air-holes cut out and the coloured end of the shelves themselves have hundreds of small holes punched into them like some sort of colander.


Inside the strong room at the Jersey Archive

Linda Romeril, Head of Archives and Collections showing us files in the strongroom

The anonymous reference on each box contributes to the security of the documents placed in the archive’s care as some of the holdings will be of commercial value, while other records are closed to the public’s view for a certain number of years.

Those of us taking the tour were taken to another floor to be shown racks of larger items safely stored. Here lived such documents as the rolled up maps of the old railway routes on the island. Useful in that they contain the names of the owners of land along the route at the time of planning and had been used by the courts even in a land case in recent times. Linda Romeril explained how the maps were so long, when unrolled, that the court had had to pay a visit to the strongroom itself to view them. It would not have been practical to have had the document taken to the court room. This example also goes to show the legal use that our old documents can be put and is another reason that they must be preserved for the future.

One of the highlights of the trip was to see a couple of examples of Royal Charters in the possession of the Jersey Archive.

The first one was a highly colourful charter of James I from the early 1600s setting up various educational establishments in Jersey.

James I Royal Charter

Royal Charter of James I from the early 1600s

A Royal Charter with attached seal

Royal Seal of Charles II

The second, while not so beautiful, had the advantage of still having the Royal Seal of Charles II attached and in fantastic condition!

Not all the old documents arrive at the archive having been kept well. In part of the building there is a room where the mould and spores are carefully removed from damaged documents before they go into storage. This is not just records from hundreds of years ago as even a relatively recent (from the 1990s) set of court papers from a notorious double murder is having to spend a year on the shelves, with a dehumidifier running, and being subject to cleaning as it had previously been badly stored elsewhere.

Archive document cleaning

Archive document cleaning room

Some books and documents will arrive at the archive having been infested by insects. The solution here is up to two months inside the chest freezer to kill the pests before the books can be defrosted and conserved.

Freezer in the cleaning room of the archive

Archive document cleaning room with chest freezer

Much of what I saw, at the Jersey Archive, was similar to that which I had seen in Devon. It is, however, really gratifying to see that in this small Channel Island we have such a professional approach being applied to the preservation of public records that stretch back for 600 years of our history.




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Feb 18 16

Fantastic new Family Tree software for PC and Mac

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist
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I’ve been testing this great piece of software and I’m impressed!

It is a comprehensive multi-platform package that keeps your tree backed up online with stunningly versatile charts and reports. For all those who are looking for family tree software in the light of all the uncertainty in the market recently, then this is most welcome news from S&N Genealogy Supplies:

Revolutionary new multi-platform Family Tree software for PC and Mac


TreeView has been designed by family historians to fill the gap for a powerful, intuitive and feature packed family tree program that is easy to use from the outset. TreeView stores your family tree on your computer with the option to easily sync your tree with and . There is also a free iOS and Android app allowing you to keep your family history at your fingertips! Privacy options for your online tree allows you to retain complete control over your research.

Powerful Features
  • TreeView syncAccess your data wherever you are by syncing your tree between the software and all of your mobile devices at the click of a button.
  • Navigate your family tree using a variety of different views including pedigree, family, ancestors, descendants, hourglass, fan and even a full tree view.
  • Create beautiful charts and detailed reports in seconds
  • Easily add details of your ancestors by attaching facts, notes, images, addresses, sources and citations.
  • View your entire tree on screen, or zoom in to a single ancestor.
  • Quickly discover how different people in your family tree are related using the relationship calculator.
  • Identify anomalies in your data with the problem finder.
  • Map out your ancestors lives – use the map view to track your ancestors life events across the world.
  • Import or export your family tree using the GEDCOM standard.

Pedigree View - one of TreeView’s 9 navigational views

[Pedigree View – one of TreeView’s 9 navigational views]

TreeView has received praise from both genealogy reviewers and users:


Chris Paton, professional genealogist, writer and blogger:

  • “One of the most versatile family history software products now available”
  • “Navigating around TreeView is extremely straightforward”

Nick Peers, genealogy writer and blogger:

  • “It keeps your research file in sync with the web via TheGenealogist hosted tree, as well as your iPad, iPhone or Android device”


  • “I am so impressed with Treeview, I will be using it for my own research, it is so easy and user friendly, and has all the facilities you could wish for.”
  • “A comprehensive multi-platform package that keeps your tree backed up online with stunningly versatile charts and reports.”
  • “It’s quick to load and speedy in use”
  • “I particularly like the mapping facility”

Maps View - showing all event locations for a particular individual

[Maps View – showing all event locations for a particular individual]

TreeView allows you to create beautiful charts with a variety of ways to present your family tree. Choose from a range of drag and drop charting options and decide which facts to display. Charts include: Ancestors; Descendants; Fan; Circle; Full Tree; Hourglass and Pedigree. The software allows you to personalise your charts by adding photographs and customising the background with an image or a colour of your choice.

TreeView’s drag and drop charting feature showing a full tree with both foreground and background images

[TreeView’s drag and drop charting feature showing a full tree with both foreground and background images]

You can also create detailed reports in TreeView, including Individual, Family and Narrative reports. These can either be printed or exported as a PDF or RTF file (a cross-platform document that can be opened by most word processors) for further editing.

TreeView’s Narrative report showing three generations

[TreeView’s Narrative report showing three generations]

TreeView is a powerful easy to use family tree program that comes with a host of useful features including charts, reports and maps. You can sync to the cloud and your mobile devices whilst also having the ability to work offline when you have no internet connection. TreeView’s privacy options allow you to keep full control of your data when storing your tree in the cloud, for extra peace of mind.

There are three versions of TreeView available:

  • Free Edition – Includes essential features, with no limits on the number of individuals or the amount of data you can add
  • Basic Edition (Download only, £24.95) – Adds support for:
    • Charting
    • Reporting
  • Premium Edition (CD & DVD, £39.95) – Includes all features of TreeView Basic, plus:
    • 4 Month Diamond Subscription to (Worth £59.95!)
    • Printed Quick Start Guide
    • Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain & Ireland 1893 (Worth £16.95!)
    • Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography (Worth £16.95!)
    • English, Welsh & Scottish Landowners 1873 (Worth £36.90!)
    • Irish Landowners 1876 (Worth £12.95!)

Go to today and find out more.

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TreeView Full Tree View with Easy Zoom

[TreeView Full Tree View with Easy Zoom]

Relationship View showing how two people are related

[Relationship View showing how two people are related]

Chart Examples

TreeView Circle Chart with background and foreground images]

[TreeView Circle Chart with background and foreground images]

TreeView Descendent Chart with background and foreground images

[TreeView Descendent Chart with background and foreground images]

TreeView Descendent Chart with background and foreground images

[TreeView Full Tree Chart with background and foreground images]