British Family History

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Using CD-ROMs in your Genealogical ResearchUsing CD-ROMs

If trawling through reels of census microfilm in a windowless, airless basement in the old PRO or in a record office, library or family history society isn't your favourite past-time, why not browse through those records in the comfort of your own home?

With the use of personal computers becoming more widespread, the best way to make the records easily accessible to the general public is to transfer those records from micro-fiche, micro-film and books to CD-ROM.

S&N Genealogy Supplies, a UK-based family-run company, is a pioneer in this field.

The images on the CD can be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat browser, which is provided with the CDs. They are bookmarked by area, enabling the user to locate their particular area of interest and the sub-district or piece number which covers that area. Once images are displayed on your screen, you can zoom in and out, move the image around, and even rotate the image 90 degrees, something that can be useful when printing.

Each page has been scanned several times to get the best possible results. If some pages are missing or unreadable on the original microfilm or fiche, those images are obtained and included on the CDs.

Do you want to use CD-ROMs to research your Ancestors?

If you are interested in researching your family history using CD-ROMs, the first place you should look is For more information, click here to go to our S&N information page.

You should also take a look at, as this website can help you decide on the right product to choose. It contains reviews of data CDs, DVDs, software, and online subscriptions. It is updated every month, so you're sure to be kept up to date with the latest reviews of genealogy products.

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