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Everyone found in the various sources with a connection to Desborough is linked, as far as possible, into their family tree.

The main route into the genealogies is the Surnames Index. Variant spellings are included in the index; selecting any spelling of a name will bring you a list of all the individuals with that surname, regardless of spelling.

Two other indexes have been provided: the Wives and Widows Index lists women by their married name and the Forenames Index enables you both to find the earliest use of a forename and to find an individual where they can't be found under their surname (perhaps because a source has been misread).

Once you have found an individual in the indexes clicking on their name will take you to their genealogy: this includes links to any other information about them on the site, such as census entries, BMD certificates, probate or military records, etc.


Commercial genealogy sites

I use all three of these sites for my research. Each has their own benefits and drawbacks. If you are thinking about taking out a new subscription please use one of these links and help support A Family Story at no cost to yourself.

Ancestry is a huge site with a wide variety of data.

I use this as my primary research site as the search facilities are, I think, the best available. Although it has a higher rate of transcription errors than on the other two sites, the flexibility of searching more than makes up for this, allowing you to search (for example) by Christian name and birthplace, or Christian name and birth year, or by any combination of indexed data. Search results lists are better than those of Find My Past, giving more information and enabling you to find the correct entry more quickly.

The London parish records available here are an absolute boon and well worth searching even if you aren't aware of any family connection with London.

Find My Past

Find My Past is another large site. It includes the 1911 census and its census images can be better than some of Ancestry's. This can mean that records that you cannot locate in Ancestry (especially for 1851) may be found here. Another benefit is the way images are presented, making them very easy to zoom.

The downside of Find My Past for me is the searching. Date ranges default strictly to two years either side of your specified date - not helpful for 1841 where dates were rounded down to the nearest five years. Also the Christian name element of the search only matches against the first name - if you inadvertently type a second name your search will fail.

Another irritation for me is the lack of birthplace in results lists. This can mean having to call up a lot of individual records when you are trying to find the correct match.

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The Genealogist

The Genealogist is smaller than the other two sites but benefits from using UK volunteers who are family historians to create and check data and indexes, so transcriptions are usually very good. It now offers the 1911 census.

I've found the Non-Parochial BMDs here particularly useful.