Notes on viewing the data spreadsheets
All the spreadsheets are presented as .pdf files, which will open with Adobe Reader (you can download a free copy of the latest version of Adobe Reader by clicking on the link on the Welcome page.
When you click on the relevant link, each file will open in a new window, and you will probably be asked if you wish to open or save the file, depending on your computer's security settings. Select 'open'.
As the information is regularly updated, we do NOT recommend that you save the files, as the details will quickly become out of date.
Most of the tables are very wide, so each spreadsheet has been saved in landscape format to fit 'legal' size paper (35.56 cm x 21.39 cm) and in order that the text is legible, you will need to use the magnification tool on your Reader toolbar to increase the size of the image to at least 100%, then scroll to the right and down to view the complete range of information on each table.
You can use the 'search' facility of your Adobe reader to locate individuals/places etc. which appear in each spreadsheet.
HINT: If you know the maiden surname of either the mother or the wife of the person you are searching for ... try entering this in the search box, as this will result in fewer hits than if you enter 'William' for example!
If you are having difficulties finding the correct spreadsheet which shows the particular person you are searching for - try checking the . This pdf file contains the names of all the individuals appearing on the birth spreadsheets for the UK, Canada, USA and Australia. It is sorted into alphabetical order of surname then forename(s) and shows year of birth, and year of death, year of marriage, name of spouse where this information is known. There is also a note showing when individuals appear in other sections of this website - such as the photo gallery or one of the stories in the Miscellany Section.