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Top three search tips for using the FreeBMD, FreeReg and FreeCEN websites

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Find out how to search for your ancestors on the FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN genealogy websites with these expert tips.

Volunteer transcribers at FreeBMD got together with their advice for Family Tree readers to offer advice for anyone using the FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN websites.

1. Top of list is recognizing the nature of the FreeREG search engine in preparing a search: the search engine will conduct a search for a combination of the specified surname and forename that occur in any of the name fields of the selected database: baptism, marriage or burial for the year(s)and location(s) specified.

2. FreeREG’s radius search is believed to be unique among family history websites and allows you to enter the place where your ancestor was last known and then conduct a search in ever increasing distances, meaning that you don’t have a search an entire county but can search for a ‘wandering’ ancestor in a particular area.

3. Another helpful feature is ‘witness search’, which allows you to look for a person named as witness to an event such as a marriage, which could yield further clues to other potential relatives.

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