English Research

English Research on the Internet
Updated June 24, 2017

Mailing List  Instructions

This page is used by the host, Barbara Lewis , for her class on English Research on the Internet  
that is held periodically at the  Ogden Family Search Library in Ogden, Utah. Links that are numbered are the ones usually discussed when presentation time is restricted.



1--Familysearch -Family Tree ....lots of changes, takes practice to get around, but remember to "search" here!

2--Library Catalog on Familysearch click on SEARCH at the top, then CATALOG

Always check the FamilySearch Library Catalog to see what holdings the LDS Family History Library has for your parish. In the library catalog, church records that are followed by indexes show that LDS has extracted those records and are now found on FamilySearch.

3--English Research Classes Online by LDS: Any English   researcher would benefit from these classes... click on "anyplace" at the left to change countries

4--England  on Wiki...a good place to start...a GREAT MAP...BEGINNER'S CORNER .and topics of Interest at the left. Find your county...then find your parish link, and it will bring up a chart that has an up-to-date showing of the online vital resources for your parish.  This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT resources you can use!

OR .....Go to familysearch.org....up to the SEARCH  Tab, down to WIKI, and to the search engine entitled SEARCH FOR PLACE OR TOPIC.  Enter a place in England, parish or county, and you will get a new page that includes great online information for that place.  If you're looking on a Parish page, look for a special CHART that is shown under CHURCH RECORDS.

 5--GENUKI: http://www.genuki.org.uk/   

Census Records

6--British Census  Records on Familysearch.org   Go to SEARCH >RECORDS...then scroll down to the bottom and click on the map of England....then choose England at the left and click on the link "Start researching in England"....scroll down and note all 63Collections (or more)

7--The 1841- 1911  British Censuses at Ancestry.com...."search" tab at top...then down to "Census and voter lists" and then "UK Census Collection" at the right

8--UK Free Census Online ....look for "Search the Database" half way down on the left; in progress by volunteers....another free census search.  If you get 0 results, it probably means the volunteers have not transcribed your area yet.

Census Information and Dates: http://home.san.rr.com/asibley/census.htm'    Also: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Census.html  

9--GOOGLE.....Your best friend for searching for anything on the Internet!

Vital Records

10--(recently deleted)

11--FREE BMD PROJECT  Births, marriages, and death post 1837 (Civil Registration)

12--ENGLISH RECORDS on Ancestry...  Scroll down to the UK and Ireland tab and click on the map of England....note counties on the right.  The county of LONDON has a lot of early Christening records.

13--UK BMD's http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/  select your county on the left and click on "county"  The top links  UK  BMDs (tri-colored) are to the Multi-regions Search. Select the link below that is for your county, and if the BMD is tri-colored, then your county's BMDs are found on this site. Otherwise, there will just be a number of good links to that county, but not the BMDs . .

14--UK FREE REGISTERS ONLINE More parish registers are being continually added by volunteers.

A GUIDE TO INFORMATION  Contained in Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates

USING IGI BATCH NUMBERS... to locate names in a given parish that have been extracted by LDS

Scroll down to "England", select your county, find your parish along the side or at the top. Type your name into the search engine shown and you will be taken to Familysearch.org....BUT all the names that come up will  be from the same BATCH numbers, thus seeing those that may be related from that same parish.

15--THE OFFICIAL NON-PAROCHIAL BMD  SERVICE (National Archives)...A Fee site but may give you records not found in Church of England Parish registers: Non-Conformist Records: Methodists, Wesleyans, Baptists, Independents, Protestant Dissenters, Congregationalist, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Quakers (Society of Friends), Dissenters and Russian Orthodox.

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.......from Domesday to the present: Click on "Search  the Archives"  at the top right

 16--BRITISH ISLES VITAL RECORDS INDEX: The records that were found on this CD are now found on Familysearch.org...see #1

CEMETERY TRANSCRIPTIONS--Monumental Inscriptions: Interment..a Cemetery Transcription Library

17--FIND-A-GRAVE...starting to  really take off in the British Isles..

DECEASED ONLINE: The central database for UK burials and cremations   Index free--pay a fee to view

18--Find My Past...now a partner site with FamilySearch.  New additions inlcude over l.7 million additions to Devonshire parish records, and over 250,000 Devon Wills index 1844-1900 period.

      Origins.net is now part of Find My Past.

English Records for a Fee

19--GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE FOR ENGLAND AND WALES: ..you can order certificates here.  NEW....use the indexes to get more information on Births and Deaths by:

On the site above, click on ORDER CERTIFICATES ONLINE;  On next page click on Order Certificates Online and search the GRO historic birth and death indexes; on next page scroll

down to LOGIN;  put in your email address and Password.  Then "Submit."  On the next page Click on "Search the GRO indexes.  On next page click on "Birth" or "Death" and fill in what info you have.  The new feature offered by the GRO is either using the mother's surname to find records, or, finding the mother's surname. Be sure and check "Gender"


BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE:,,,,I found some interesting articles about my kin in Falkirk, Scotland....ca1

 GenWeb and Community Resources


Some examples of sites that are similar to what the GenWeb Project offers but sponsored by individuals or societies:
Norfolk Surnames List:

Swanton Novers(Parish in Norfolk): http://www3.telus.net/swanton_novers/

Kent Genealogy: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mrawson/

 Welcome to Wirksworth, Derbyshire...Parish records 1600 to 1900

Use your GOOGLE.COM search engine to find something similar for your area!

Mailing Lists and Message Boards

20.  MAILING LISTS: http://lists.rootsweb.com/    Go to the search engine "Find a Mailing List" and type in the surname or locality that you need.....see instructions below to getting on a mailing list.


MESSAGE  BOARDS on  ANCESTRY.....from the home page,  go to the  HELP Tab  on the Ancestry black strip at the top and down to Message Boards ..Scroll down to the Find a Board search engine, type in your surname or locality. --then select the one you need, as there will be several listed.  Then use the KEYWORD box to type in your key word; it is strongly suggested that you use a surname keyword on a locality board or a locality keyword for a surname message board.

Or, go directly to this page and right to "Find a Board"



English Jurisdictions  from FamilySearch....a great new map  series on how parishes looked in 1851, showing adjacent parishes and many other features

Counties of England, Wales and Scotland prior to the 1974 Boundary Changes

A quick county map showing names

Genmaps: Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland, and Wales

Old Maps: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/  

UK Street Maps: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/

Misc - other important  sites for English Research--or just sites of interest.....

English Genealogy...listed by catagories

Parish Locator on Genuki
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb/  To use for surrounding parishes when you can't find a record in the parish you are searching

Find My Past

Registration Districts in England and Wales

From Parish to Registration District: http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/places/index.htm  (download place names index)

Latin Words to Recognize in old parish registers

History of the Church of England

Cyndi's List for England

English Genealogy...more links

Date Guide: A good help to know at what period of time certain types of records exist and  where to find these records.



How to Join a  Mailing List


To subscribe to a LOCALITY mailing list:

Scroll down to Find a Mailing List

Type in the locality…usually a county, but large cities may have their own list….

Example: Weber (Weber county) Essex (England or Ontario) etc

Click on FIND

It will bring up a list of all those localities in the world; click on the one you want

The Page that comes up is the page for information and instructions of that Mailing List

BUT.....Before you subscribe,  STOP......scroll down to "Search the Archives"

Use this Archive search by putting key works in the "Subject" or "body" and browse through messages that have been posted earlier.

Now to subscribe to the list:  the following is just an example............

Click on Subscribe to ESSEX-UK-L

You will now see this in your e-mail:

Note the address at the top: it must contain the word "request"

The subject line must contain the word "subscribe"

NOTE: Subscribe does not mean send money. It is just a way of becoming a member of the list.

Click on SEND

In a minute or 2 you will receive a message that gives you a link to click on to CONFIRM that you want to subscribe to the list. An example:

To confirm that you want to be subscribed to this mailing list, click on the link below and follow the instructions: an example below: http://lists9.rootsweb.com/mailman/confirm/essex/e5e7e9a4f5cff69ba401bdc35c9b628649994e32


In a minute or 2 you will receive a message that WELCOMES you to the mailing list. If you are new to this, keep this letter so you can refer to it later. It will give you instructions.

You are now on the list and messages will start coming into your INBOX….they are for anyone and everyone on the list. Take a little time to note how these messages are posted before you begin with your own query.

To post your own query, use the address that is shown in your WELCOME letter:

Example: essex-uk-L@rootsweb

In the subject line: put the NAME of the person you are seeking, or other appropriate subject. Examples:

John EVERETT and Mary CUTTING family from Holt


Burial records from Holt PARISH

Make your message short and to the point. Capitalize all SURNAMES. Send message

Hopefully you will hear from someone, but give it a few days. If you get no help, then follow the instructions for UNSUBSCRIBING on your WELCOME letter.

To subscribe to a SURNAME mailing list: Follow the same directions for subscribing to a LOCALITY list,…

But when it comes time to POST your own query, put the LOCALITY in the subject line….

For example, if you are on a NORRIS list, your subject may read:

John NORRIS from Stock, Essex, England

Try these "Miscellaneous" interests:



Welcome to the ESSEX-UK mailing list!

Below you will find:

1) Basic information about the list

2) Unsubscribing from the list

3) (Re)subscribing to the list

4) Going on holiday

5) How to send messages to the list

6) The RootsWeb mailing list archives and search engine

7) Prepends

8) General list rules

The Listowner is Keith Elmo Eldridge, who is based in the village of Buxworth, Derbyshire, England. He has many genealogical interests around the country and his research interests in Essex are centred around Hatfield Peverel.

2. Unsubscribing From The List

To unsubscribe from the list, send a new message to:

[email protected] that contains, in the Subject: field,

the command UNSUBSCRIBE and no additional text.

3. (Re)Subscribing To The List

To subscribe to the list, send a message to

[email protected]

that contains, in the Subject:field, the command SUBSCRIBE and no additional text.

4. Going On Holiday

If you are going to be away for a while, and will not be able to download mail, then you are advised to UNSUBSCRIBE from the list before you go, and SUBSCRIBE again when you return.

Instructions are given below for retrieving messages from the archives, and also the URL for the RootsWeb mailing list search engine.

5. Sending Messages To The List

If you'd like to post a message so everyone on the mailing list receives it, just send it to [email protected] . It will then be sent on to everyone who is subscribed to the list.

Messages to the list can only be sent if you are currently subscribed.


· Make sure that your postings have a meaningful subject line

o Good Example: Robert GALBRAITH 1840 from Glasgow

· Don't use deceptive subject lines that you think may help attract attention

o Bad example: Need help, please!!!!

· Don't use all caps. It's like SHOUTING to the other listers. Write like you normally do.

· Make your "query" short and to the point. Put surnames in caps: Robert GALBRAITH

· Don't use inflammatory remarks. This is called "flaming"

· Don't send attachments (pictures or otherwise) or to the list.


· Before you post your first "query," read some of the posts of others to get an idea of what you need to do.

· On Locality mailing lists especially, stay subscribed long enough to learn from others about the area you are researching. Watch for people who are offering "lookups" from sources that are available to them.

· Most people who will help you are volunteers and will not charge you for sharing or looking up information. But never expect others to pay for any copying/mailing expenses.

· The more lists you are on, the more chance you have of getting responses.

· Remember to "unsubscribe" when you go on vacation, if you don't want messages to pile up in you "inbox."



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