Genealogy and Family History Links to help trace your Ancestry


Links to other Genealogy Sites

The Internet is such a huge place, that it is often difficult to find exactly what you are looking for.  There is a wealth of information for Genealogists, but sometimes quite a daunting experience when you haven't a clue where to start looking.

Here I have included a number of sites that I have found of help in researching my own ancestry.  The three below are probably the ones that I use most often.

Transcriptions of the Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1st July 1837. Genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The Latter Day Saints Website of the Mormon Church - the world's largest family history library which contains IGI, UK 1881 Census, Pedigree Charts and other useful information.

Research Guides

These websites provide research guides to help you trace your family history and understand records and how you can go about obtaining documents.

UK General Genealogy Sites

  • - New genealogy site on the internet on how to trace your British Family History.
  • EnglandGenWeb - The EnglandGenWeb Project, part of the WorldGenWeb Project was set up to help researchers find local resources.  It is divided by County and each County Host provides a list of websites that you may find helpful in researching your ancestry.  Please note that  volunteers may be able to give guidance on where to search for records, but they are not a "look-up" service, so are generally unable to help with specific surname requests.
  • GenDocs - Genealogical research in England and Wales.
  • GENUKI - Information pages for researching your ancestry in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Government Offices and Related Information

  • National Archives - The National Archives is the UK governments archive office for the preservation of historical records and holds records dating from the Domesday Book right through to the present day.
  • Discovery - This is now the primary way to search the National Archives collections. The indexes are free to search and some records can now be downloaded in PDF format for a fee. Other records can be ordered through the National Archives: Order Copies of Documents service.
  • Land Registry - The Land Registry hold details of title deeds for properties, which may be useful to you if you are trying to trace the history of a property. For a small fee you can download title deeds from this website.
  • Office for National Statistics - The ONS is a government department and is the main provider of official statistics about the UK.
  • Wills and Probate Records - The Probate Service is part of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). The website provides guidance on how you can obtain copies of wills and grants of probate or administration. The section Probate Records and Family History provides advice on how documents can be obtained.

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths

  • FreeBMD - Online transcriptions of the General Register Office (GRO) indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths from the 1st July 1837.  These are often necessary to obtain certificates for your ancestors.
  • GOV.UK - Provides links to information related to births, deaths and marriages and how you can go about ordering certificates. Generally you will need the GRO references stated above to obtain certificates, for a marriage certificate you will need to give the name of the church in which a couple married.  The General Register Office provide an Online Certificate Ordering Service
  • Registration Districts in England and Wales - Hosted by GENUKI, this list details all the towns and villages for a particular registration district found within each county. Use "FIND" within your chosen county to locate your place of interest.
  • Local Register Offices in England and Wales - Hosted by GENUKI and is intended to be used in conjunction with the list of Registration Districts in England and Wales.
  • Acts of Parliament for Births, Deaths and Marriages - Transcriptions of various Acts of Parliament from 1235, provided by Guy Etchells.
  • Certificate Information - Barbara Dixon provides information on how you can go about obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates and also what you can expect to find within each type of certificate.


  • FreeCEN - Volunteers are in the process of transcribing the 1841-1891 census returns for various counties in England. Transcriptions are searchable and free to view. FreeCEN welcome new transcribers, so if you can help please visit their Transcriptions Page and contact the Coordinator for the county you are interested in.
  • Census Returns for England and Wales - GenDocs give us a detailed run through of the information contained in the censuses from 1841 to 1901.
  • 1881 Census - Transcriptions available from the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Mormon Family History Site.
  • 1881 Census: Ships in UK Ports - Bob Sanders provides transcriptions of ships that were in UK ports in the 1881 census. These include passengers, crew, Royal Navy personnel and mariners at various shore establishments e.g. Royal Navy Barracks, Training Schools, colleges and prisons.

Parish Registers

  • FreeReg - Searchable transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials from parish registers that have been transcribed by volunteers. FreeReg welcome more volunteers, so if you can please visit their page Contributing to the FreeReg Project.
  • Latin Names and Abbreviations - Some very informative pages on Latin names and abbreviations used in parish registers, provided by Rod Neep.
  • Parish Registers - Information about tracing your ancestors using parish registers.

Non Conformist's

Dates and Numbers

Genealogy for Children

  • Family Tree Kids - Helping children find out more about their ancestors.
  • Genealogy for Kids - Lots of links and sites showing ideas and way that children can get involved with learning more about their family history.
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