Historic family trees with 1.25 million names to go online

Handwritten family trees containing names of a million and a quarter people from the medieval period onwards will be shared online by Britain’s leading genealogy society.

Digital images of the 10,000 manuscript pedigrees in the Society of Genealogists’ collection, dating from the 16th to 20th centuries, will be made available alongside transcripts as part of a broader accessibility drive.

Much of the information in the pedigrees, collected over the past 100 years, has only been available to visitors to the society’s library, where they take up 100sqm of shelf space in storage. This means the project is likely to knock down “brick walls” in the trees of people who could not previously get to the records.

Visit History First website for details.