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If you are researching ancestors that have worked for the Post Office then this site will offer you a picture of the Royal Mail's 360-year history.

There is actually a dedicated family history section that provides a guide to using the Royal Mail's archives to help find information on ancestors. This can include messengers, mail guards, clerks, postmen and women, postmasters and so on within the appointment and/or pension and gratuity records. Unfortunately the archives

ROYAL MAIL HERITAGE: Great backgrounder for anyone whose ancestors worked for the Post Office over the last 360 years themselves are not available online but it's worth a visit anyway to find out all the relevant information for a visit to the research library in central London.

RUGBY FAMILY HISTORY GROUP [w] www.rugbyfhg.co.uk

This is a relatively standard FHS website providing some basic information on the group and its regional activities. There are lists of members' interests and a good list of local links. There is also the usual programme of events and meetings plus a list of the microfiche resources available from the group.

SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE [v www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

This site is a partnership between the GRO for Scotland and Scotland On Line, making it the official online source of parish register, civil registration and census records for Scotland. With nearly 40 million records, the database is huge. There is a fully searchable index of Scottish births 1553-1903, marriages 15531928 and deaths 1855-1953. From the results of an index

SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE: Home to some 40,000 Scots-specific family history records search made on this site you may view, save and print images of many of the original documents, and order extracts of any register entries of interest. Such requests are forwarded automatically to New Register House, and the extracts are mailed.

Access to the database costs £6 (you receive 30 'page credits' which are valid for 168 hours) but it's worth trying out the free surname search on the homepage to check how many records for that surname exist in the database before you commit to payment.

THE SCOTTISH ARCHIVE NETWORK [w] www.scan.org.uk

This is an excellent and very interesting website that provides a wide range of online indexes for researching any aspect of Scottish history. The site is a joint project between the National Archives of Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund fi*

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