Out OnLine sells itself as being for those new to genealogy or new to
Internet. 'Discover how to truly exploit the resources available
Learn more about how to research effectively, maximize the time you
at the library, archives or courthouses and save time on phone calls
the country.' And, US-centric though it is - 'courthouses' being a dead
giveaway - it gives you a masterclass in using search engines
to get what you want.
Lake City-based resource that's incredibly useful wherever you're
Really idiot-proof beginners guide to getting started, plus a whole
of links to other sites and resources that will ease you on your way.
this is backed up with fascinating articles such as Searching Your
Tree, hints and tips from other seekers, and advice on supplies and
you may find assist your quest.
of Online Genealogy
out about your antecedents can quickly become a full-time job. Visiting
churchyards and perusing parish registers around the country,
visits to the Records Office. But the Internet really is at its best
hobbies like this. And the Journal of Online Genealogy scores in that
focuses on how best to use your PC in tandem with the Internet for
up the past. Expert information too on how to progress when the trail
for National Statistics
port of call if your family history is confined to the British Isles is
the Family Records Centre, which holds birth, adoption, marriage and
records as far back as 1837. You'll have to go to the Centre in person
(with your chequebook!) to get hold of actual documents. But the
is clearly laid out here. You can also order certificates by email from
the General Register Office in Southport, provided you know which one
want. The limitations are obvious: if you want to go back further than
1837, you'll have to visit local county record offices. Nonetheless,
more than likely that you'll need to start here.
Meets The Past
we particularly like about this site is that it gets children and
involved in research into their past. The first step is, of course, to
talk to the grandparents, and the emphasis is on having fun while
learning for both sides. In fact, the site is so much fun and so easy
use with its links and kits you can buy, that we'd recommend it to
Home Page Tutorial
is one for people who have already got a family tree of sorts together
and want to share it with the Web and the world. There are big
to getting your family tree online, not least of which is that it is
to help fill in the gaps, as forgotten 17th cousins residing in
find your site and contact you rather than the other way round.
Ways to Avoid Genealogical Grief
no apologies for the fact that this is not one of the most visually
sites in this list. In fact, it's one of the most boring looking
you'll ever see. But no matter, it's also one of the most useful. The
says it all. Beginners to the business of tracking down relatives waste
enormous amounts of time heading up blind alleys, so let these guys
you with a map.
a means of publicising the work of the Society of Genealogists (which
£7.50 to join, plus a £30 subscription fee - the
form is online here), the website is sparsely designed, but packed out
with useful information. The lists of UK lectures and genealogy events
is particularly handy and the specific online extras provided include
groups for members, a news service for everyone else and of course, the
requisite list of links.
the BBC claims to be the "first ever revision guide via TV, books and
internet". Bitesize is a nicely produced site, with slick graphics of a
smiling shark (bitesize, geddit?) to guide you around. As the name
the site doesn't attempt to talk you through endless reams of text -
very little point in that approach online anyway - but instead provides
digestible, bite-size gobbets of information to assist your GCSE
and if you get stuck you can email a teacher with a question.
basis that elephants never forget, presumably. This jumbo site has
debuted on the web. Its aim is to bring students the best of the web in
order to help out with homework assignments. and will push you in the
direction for specific help on, say, Maths or Geography. There's
too, of course, with monthly masterclasses, currently featuring
into optics and sound.
that Dixons' Internet service provider has a few more tricks up its
apart from single-handedly revolutionising the ISP market in Britain
selling bucketloads of shares - the company has some A1 content too.
are sections for each age band of the national curriculum and for the
subjects of English, Maths and Science. Key subject areas are
and you simply click for revision tasks or tests.
panic! LineOne produces a truly excellent site to assist those in the
of revision for their English or Maths GCSEs. It's a good, solid
that you can't hope to exhaust - the Maths site alone has more than
multiple choice questions, while the English sections will test you on
reading, comprehension, punctuation, grammar and spelling until you beg
for mercy. If you're still worried, click onto the Agony Aunt section,
where Janice will give you cool, calm advice on how to best get through
this tough time.
designed for pre-school and Year 1 and 2 pupils, Galaxy Kids aims to
three to seven year olds a fun introduction to the kind of work they
be doing at school. It's a 52-week partwork, like the weekly magazines
'building into a complete set' that you see advertised on the TV, and
interactive stories, reading and writing games, and an introduction to
early maths language and skills.
sort of title bound to make any despairing student in thrall to
leap to attention. Unfortunately, though, it's not next summer's GCSE
Useful all the same, not least because this site is compiled by a group
of teachers who know what questions have come up, what questions are
to come up, and so have put together a series of, well, questions
to give you practice at fielding whatever the examiners can throw at
friendly and informal site, aiming to make science as approachable as
The site is split into the Library, where you are pointed in the
of other interesting websites, where you might want to conduct
the CafŽ, where you can chat to scientists and other students - "Ask
a question!" demands Schools Online; the Lab, where you go to
and experiment (and draw on experiments other schools have done before.
piece of homework by primary school teacher Sue Spolton. She's set out
with the altruistic aim of developing a free website to help others use
the internet effectively for learning - an alternative to subscription
services. Topmarks is aimed at pupils, teachers and parents, and is
towards the UK curriculum. Cleanly organised, easy to use and navigate,
it outshines many professional sites. All the subjects are searchable
Recruitment is one of the leading recruitment agencies for computer
developers in the UK and also tracks down people for many of the
leisure software producers in Europe. As well as the technical and
end, Answers handles sales and marketing jobs and has an office in
which deals with many of the positions now coming up in the IT and new
media industries on the other side of the Channel.
Fleet Street heavyweight with an enviable reputation for its
pages. Excellent for professional, especially business jobs. The
is particularly good for overseas appointments, and you can search for
jobs by location, be it the US, Asia, Australia or whatever. Good too
the county-by-county search for the UK. So tap in 'construction' and
and you'll get a list of local jobs. Like having every local paper at
dedicated to matching scientists, wherever they are in the world, to
ideal job, wherever that is in the world. The emphasis is firmly on
recruitment in the spheres of information technology, communications,
pharmaceuticals and environmental sciences. The site focuses heavily on
contract as well as permanent positions, so why not go for that
stint as a mechanical engineer in Zambia? Your chance to work and see
world at the same time.
4 Grads puts an exclamation mark after its bannered boast: "The most
graduate jobs links page on the Net." Come on, prove us wrong, they
to be saying. But cockiness is fine if you've got the goods to back it.
The site's big thing isn't its own content of job ads, but an
detailed list of links to job vacancy databases, newspaper job pages,
and higher education sites plus a weighty A to Z of potential employers.
Hughes is unlikely to have ever conducted his desperate search for
employment via the internet, but Gis a Job nicks the seminal
from Boys From The Blackstuff to set the irreverent tone of this job
site. It may be flip but it's a serious site, linking together 2396
agencies from around the UK, and offering, when we visited, 77,650 jobs
in IT, the media, insurance and more. You enter your search criteria -
area, salary and so on, and Gis a Job gives you a list of suggestions.
only place to come if you're looking for a job in the media, education,
or social services, the Guardian newspaper has transferred its
pages online with some style. The volume of jobs in new media - the
and the Web - is multiplying by the week, and the paper has addressed
with a standalone new media recruitment section: you'll find it here.
Graduate Recruitment Company
sentence on any recruitment site are the words 'We are not an agency'.
So what do they mean? Graduate Recruitment places candidates with
as diverse as the Financial Times, Capital Radio and PepsiCo. It works
in the fields of sales, PR, marketing and recruitment and Information
- including positions in support, development, consultancy or
And that catch line? Well they'll refuse to take you until they've
you and established you are totally committed to your career path.
that promises to be the ultimate Internet resource for recruiters,
and jobseekers has a bit to live up to. The Directory is a searchable
of recruitment pages. The aim is to save needless searching, and lets
seekers quickly find the agencies and employers to assist with your own
specific needs. You can search the directory by industry category, job
type, location, and so on.