Genes Renunited Adds New Features

The following Press Release was issued by Genes Reunited:

Genes Reunited launches unique Keepsafe

Genes Reunited has announced the launch of several new features to its site including Keepsafe and new relation profiles where details can be see all on one page.

London, England (PRWEB UK) 8 December 2012

Genes Reunited, a leading family history website, has announced the addition of new and innovative features including a Keepsafe, for digitally storing all of users’ family records, photos and memories, and Relation Profiles, where users can view and edit details about each individual in their tree. This latest addition comes after genesreunited.co.uk recently refreshed its appearance with a new, and easy to navigate redesign.

The Keepsafe is a unique and organised way to collate family history. It’s a place for members to safely store and share documents, from photos and certificates to maps and letters, and is available to all members who’ll have the option to open their images to the public, keep them private or share them with other members, family and friends. They’ll even be able to share their Keepsafe on Facebook. At launch, there were over 2.7 million private images already uploaded to Keepsafe.

Relation Profiles are automatically created for each relation Genes Reunited members add when building a family tree. It includes a clear timeline, notes section and immediate family tree, as well as a section prompting members what to do next in their research. Users can edit the details and these changes will be reflected in the tree. Any photos or records that are attached to the person can be viewed too and each profile can also be printed, so they can be easily shared.

Genes Reunited automatically creates ‘Hot Matches’ where members who have the same relations in their family tree are matched with each other. Many members have collected rich data on their relatives and having the option to share this with other members can be very beneficial to their research. At launch there will be over 260 million profiles already created – equivalent to over 4 records for every man, woman and child in the UK .

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited, commented: “Imagine being able to find out more information about your ancestors than you could have ever hoped for; stories, timelines and more besides. Relation Profiles are places where our members can store all of this information and then share it with each other.  Who knows what anecdotes someone else might have written about your ancestors?”

The Keepsafe and Relation Profile pages are available online at http://www.genesreunited.co.uk for all members.

New British Military Records Released on Genes Reunited

The following news release is from Natasha White at brightsolid.com:

To coincide with Remembrance Day, UK family history site, Genes Reunited has released a variety of military records taking its collection to 8.5 million.

The British Army Service Records are just one of the latest records added to the site and they include the Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service records from 1760-1913. These records are an important resource for family historians as they provide rich information on the soldier’s name, place of birth, regiment and the dates of service within the British Army.

Another fantastic record for family historians are the recently added Prison Hulk Registers from 1811-1843. These records detail the conditions on the prison ships and give an insight into the characters of the prisoners onboard. We’ve found a 14 year old boy, James Smith, who was described by officials as “An unfortunate depraved boy almost past reformation.” The records also detail the crimes committed and we’ve uncovered a 16 year old convicted for 7 years on the Prison ships for stealing cheese.

New WW1 and WW11 Prisoner of War records have also been added to Genes Reunited. These records hold vital information; the Prisoner of War 1939 – 1945 records detail the prisoner’s name, rank, regiment, camp number, camp type and camp location.

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited, comments: “From the Harold Gillies Archive to the Military Nurses 1856 – 1940 we’ve released a huge variety of records. These new records will be an invaluable resource for people wanting an insight into the lives of their ancestors. ”

From today people interested in tracking down their ancestors can visit www.genesreunited.co.uk and search the latest records listed below:

  • WWII Escapers and Evaders
  • Military Nurses 1856 – 1940
  • Army Reserve of England and Wales 1803
  • 1st Foot Guards attestations 1775-1817
  • Regimental Indexes 1806
  • Manchester Roll of Honour 1914-1916
  • Manchester City Battalions 1914-1916
  • Royal Artillery Military Medals 1916-1991
  • Royal Artillery Honours & Awards 1939-1946
  • Harold Gillies Archive
  • Royal Red Cross Register
  • British Officers taken Prisoner of War between August 1914 and November 1918
  • Prisoners of War – Naval & Air Forces of Great Britain & Empire – 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of War – Armies and land Forces of the British Empire 1939-1945
  • Oldham Pals 1914-1916
  • Oldham Roll of Honour 1914-1916
  • Prison Hulk Registers 1811-1843
  • Ted Beard – RAF Nominal Roll 1918
  • British Army Service Records 1760-1915 [WO 96 and WO 97]
  • WO 96 – Militia
  • WO 97 – Pensions 1760-1913
  • WO 119 – Kilmainham Pensions
  • WO 121 – CHEPS discharges
  • WO 122 – CHEPS discharges (foreign regiments)
  • WO 128 – Imperial Yeomanry
  • WO 131 – CHEPS deferred pensions 1838-1896

The newly added military records can be viewed on a pay-per-view basis or Platinum members can choose to add on the record set to their package for a low cost. The military records have been added to the existing military additional features package.

About Genes Reunited
Genes Reunited was launched in 2003. Since then it has grown to become one of the UK’s largest genealogy websites. It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with online social networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also search historical records such as census, birth and death records. Genes Reunited has over 12 million members and over 780 million names listed. A new member joins the site every second.

All 1911 Census Transcriptions Are Now Free Until Nov 18 on Genes Reunited & FindMyPast.co.uk

Leading family history websites genesreunited.co.uk and findmypast.co.uk have teamed up to offer their members free access to all 1911 census transcriptions from today until 18th November 2012.

The 1911 census is a great place to start researching your family history as the records are the most detailed of any census. It includes places of birth, details of siblings, occupations, how many children have been born to the marriage, how many still alive at the time of the census and how many had died.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager of findmypast.co.uk, said: “The 1911 census is an invaluable resource for tracing your ancestors and it’s fantastic to be able to offer this to our members for free.”

About Genes Reunited
Genes Reunited was launched in 2003 as a sister-site to the Internet phenomenon Friends Reunited. Since then it has grown to become the UK’s largest genealogy website.

It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with Internet social-networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also search historical records such as census, birth, marriage, death and military records.

Genes Reunited has 12 million members and over 780 million names listed. One new name is added to the site every single second.

About findmypast.co.uk
Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Findmypast.co.uk has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 750 million records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitised several other record sets from the national collection.

Thanks to Natasha White with Brightsolid, with FindMyPast.co.uk for the above news release.