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We've been making great progress in FreeCEN and have some exciting news...

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FreeCEN2 is almost ready to launch!

We are currently in the testing phase of the first release of FreeCEN2, and it will be available for researchers to use in the next few weeks. It will have a brand new look - similar to that of the main website and FreeREG - and at this early stage, you will be able to use basic search functions (more will be added later). We look forward to hearing your views as we go through this process of refreshing our websites, so please let us know what works for you and what doesn't, when FreeCEN2 is launched and you've had a chance to use it.

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GRO Pilot

The General Register Office is trialling its own version of birth, marriage and death indexes via its usual Certificate Ordering Service.  Anne Sherman from Leaves Family History Research Services talks about her experiences using the new system in her guest blog on our website, and comments on FreeBMD's place alongside it. 

Read Anne's blog here:
A new vision for Archives

The National Archives are consulting on a new strategy for archives in England.  You can read the vision document here:  
There is a form you can use to give feedback, or you can write to

At Free UK Genealogy, we are particularly interested in playing an active part in the delivery of

Theme 1: Archives ensure people can have confidence in information and data
  • Archive users are able to access relevant data and information
We feel we compliment the access provided by individual archives, making searching possible at a national (or wider) level.  Our ambition is to provide easier access to both local datasets (e.g. the parish records in FreeREG) and the national (e.g. the GRO indices and census data) through a map/place based interface.  
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Family Tree Magazine's '101 Best Websites' 2016

Free UK Genealogy is happy to once again be included in Family Tree Magazine's top 101 genealogy websites.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honour the individuals and organisations who create those sites.

The full list of 101 Best Websites for family history can be found using the category links at . 

Accessible CAPTCHAs

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Recently, we have been receiving increasing amounts of spam from our contact form on the Free UK Genealogy website. We don't want misuse and abuse of our website to affect your enjoyment, so we are looking into ways that we can put a spanner in the spammers' works whilst ensuring you can still use the site easily.

CAPTCHAs - images that contain distorted text and or numbers - can be difficult to solve for people with good vision, and so are no good for people with accessibility issues. We are on the lookout for examples of really simple spam filters to use on our contact form. If you come across any that are clear and easy to solve, please send the link or a screenshot to
You can find previous issues of our newsletter on our website-  
Thank you for your ongoing support, from all of us at Free UK Genealogy!
Denise Colbert
Engagement Coordinator
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