Great Links

BEDFORDSHIRE is a great small site profiling the local area and villages‘

BOATMEN see ‘waterways’

BOOK INDUSTRY ANCESTORS? if they were printers, bookbinders or sellers, engravers, stationers etc, they may be among the 94000 pre-1851 records at

BOOKS: try for a fabulous range of antiquarian genealogical books put onto CD. Other good sources of hard copy books:

BOOKS: try for their wonderful community history books (“The Book of....”, packed with old photo’s, names etc, also

BREWING: the Pub History Society can help you get information on Land Registry records and property ownership regarding pubs

BRITISH LIBRARY:  “Collect Britain” for digitised images, and will contain maps, photographs, press cuttings etc. We recommend you keep checking it for updates and news. The British Library’s Newspaper Library is at

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: might your ancestor have been in gaol? Look at bucks_prisoners where you can search their database

CARIBBEAN: is a good source of island links.

Census - 1940 - complete US census - 134 million records, free to use but need to sign up with a free account

CENSUS CD’s: obtain CD’s of scanned census  from Rod Neep at or from

CHANNEL ISLANDS: is a good starting point. as is and and

CORNWALL NEWSPAPER SEARCH: Searchable website for Cornwall newspaper names index click here.

CORNWALL ONLINE CENSUS PROJECT: an army of volunteers is gradually working it’s way through Cornish census data 1841-1891, a really great service with regular updates, link at and it all eventually uploads to:

CRIME: try which details criminal proceedings there 1660-1834

DERBYSHIRE (also see SOUTH Derbyshire entry further down): Rob Burn’s site for his one-parish survey of ROSLISTON at

DEVON: Family History Society, founded in 1976, and now has over 4,000 members. Its aims include promoting the study of genealogy and history and encouraging the preservation and transcription of relevant documents and records.

DEVON: South Hams Super web site for South Devon covering census transcripts, indexes and lookups from Ray Osborn in Rotorua, NZ, who is also Administrator of the SOUTHHAMS mailing List -[email protected], click

DEVON: TORBAY an excellent on line map access

DIRECTORIES this site has scanned images of selected trade directories

DURHAM commercial site offering c 500,000 records for County Durham & Easington

EMIGRATION/IMMIGRATION: (see also “USA Immigrant” entries below). For Births, Deaths & Marriages in New South Wales, Australia, try this site: For New Zealand there’s a site just building up relating to ships which left the UK for Auckland at By far one of the best sites for ships passengers worldwide has to be  The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild is at and there’s also some good links from

FAIRGROUNDS this site has some good background to UK fair sites and historical data, and some diaries

FRANCE: this is the site for National Archives of France, you can select an english language version

Genealogy Database Groups: This site helps you contact like mindedgenealogists with matching interests, at People-Connection

Genealogy Links: Looking 4 Kin Genealogy Links & Chat, fantastic resource for links, good UK resource


GENUKI: Information starting-points & links to useful sites. Huge, with a complex choice of mail list areas  -  it gives your research a kick start. From here you can subscribe to the Rootsweb Mailing Lists, each localised area list is monitored and often have differing ‘rules’ as to what is, and isn’t acceptable for discussion making adherence to each list’s do’s and don’ts difficult, but ask permission if you are unsure. Some will allow you to discuss information available from commercial sources, others won’t (making the offering of good and accurate advice somewhat difficult!) but each list usually has very helpful members who will offer assistance although lists vary in membership size and, therefore, effectiveness from time to time - always remember to thank those who offer help

GLOUCESTERSHIRE: link to a great site containing Tewkesbury Parish Records, but also many records from other Glos’ parishes and WORCESTERSHIRE too...from William Good in Sydney, Australia.
Also, for masses of information and old photographs from the brewing industry try
The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum” has a database of 40,000 soldiers who served in the Gloucestershire Regiment during the First World War and an extensive archive of the Regiment’s 300 year history

HEREFORD: History of Hereford gaol

INDIA: Good links include: BACSA( British Assoc’n for Cemeteries in South Asia) - India, middle & far east.  Also FIBIS ( - a source for lives in ‘british india’ from the 1600’s onwards. You can find the East India Register and Army List 1855 (15,000 names from Madras, Bengal, Bombay civil & military depts) at

IRELAND: link to National Archives of Ireland (1901 and 1911 censuses for whole of Ireland) at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland are at, and the General Register Office for Irish Republic is in Dublin and can be linked to at while the same for Northern Ireland is at Irish genealogy Ltd is an overall contact for the Republic and Northern Ireland - a great place to start a search Also try and

ISLE OF MAN: is a good starting point, as is and Two good maritime sites realted to IOM include and

JEWISH: a super site dedicated to Jewish genealogy is, it includes cemetery and marriage records online and is growing quickly. Also try, a US based site but includes great UK records too. is a digital archive of caribbean, jewish, irish & south asian migration to Britain

LANCASHIRE: Westmorland - fabulous site of transcriptions & information There is an amazing site which you can search for burials and cremation records (over 10,000 so far) from Ashton, Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Droylsden, Hyde, Mottram and Stalybridge. Around 100,000 records are aimed to be loaded.

LATIN: if you need to work out the translation of latin medical terms! contains terms in several languages including a separate list of Scots terms

LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND Family History Society has masses of parish records available to purchase.: try

LONDON: See for information on trades, professions and lots about victorian servants and their lives. Also a great site is at . Also useful is the Victorian London A-Z street index at and the 1827 Greenwood’s London street map at . The next site tells you what hospital records from 1220 are held at the London Metropolitan Archives:

MAGAZINES The UK has several major titles now, some of the best are and

MAPS old maps and aerial photo’s across Britain:

MARITIME: this site has over 5000 searchable records of memorials to seafarers and victims of maritime disaster:

NEW ZEALAND: good searchability, great place to start

NEWSPAPERS: British Library Newspaper Catalogue, online at

NORFOLK: a great site based on pubs giving really great data including sale & auction documentation, licensee records etc

NORTH EAST ENGLAND: John Bage’s site - researching names BAGE, CLASPER, DAWSON, MORRISON at

NORTHERN IRELAND: Start with it can’t provide online records but tells you where you can start your search, a great site with a lot of information leads to follow. A more unusual site does require membership but is good value, Ulster Histroical Foundation

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: you can contact the Nott’s Archives by emailing  [email protected] they can point you in the right direction to locate documents and records

ONE NAME STUDY SITE: “DRING”: by kind permission of Steve Morse, an all encompassing site looking at this surname

ONE NAME STUDY SITE: “TYLCOAT”: by kind permission of Dave Tylcoat in Devon, a super site looking at all the variations of the name and a great link to the village of BURRINGTON’s site and a useful HANDWRITING page from Dave also

ONE NAME STUDY SITE: “WILLGOOSE”: by kind permission of Kay Feltham. A great site with other names too, and good search functions

ONE NAME STUDY SITE: GLYNIS MILLETT-CLAY: Family tree site from South Africa which covers mainly names in Camborne, Cornwall and Mansfield/Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Names include Millett, Cock, Clay, Phillips, Thomas, Mumford, Singer, Uren, charleston, Pascoe, symons, Tonkin, Curnow, Mitchell and Richards at Cornish-Family

ONE NAME STUDY SITE: O’Donoghue Society, click here

Online Parish Clerks Scheme: this link takes you to the main link addresses for this scheme operating in some parts of the UK Click Here

PASSPORT RECORDS: contains a pay per view option to see images of application registers 1851-1862 and 1874-1903

PEERAGE: allows you to browse the latest edition of Burke’s Peerage (over 2500 noble families listed)

PHOTOGRAPHIC: is a site listing UK victorian and edwardian photographers. is a good site for help on dating victorian and edwardian photos. is a site funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery fund, it aims to put 37,000 images of listed buildings online. have an online gallery. offers historical photo’s of Leeds & district, whilst offers up images from in  & around Sheffield itself.

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QUAKERS: very good site with its own research section and a guide to finding UK records

RANDOM ACTS OF GENEALOGICAL KINDNESS: worth a try- volunteers willing to undertake research in various areas. (followed by either england, scotland, ireland or wales, will get you there.

ROYAL MAIL: This site has a good family history section for all aspects of researching mail workers in the UK

Scotland: Here at Scotlands Family we are a new genealogy portal for Scotland which offers everyone doing their own Scottish family tree research, at home or overseas , an impressive number of free on-line sources of data and information. Launched in January 2006 and growing fast, we predict this site will become hugely popular, and complementary to Scotlands People on-line records.

SCOTLAND: On Line Census data  Parish Records now available for Scotland plus 1891, 1901 census indexes, plus 1881: see Also look at this is the Central Scotland Family History Society. 1861 and 1871 census transcriptions can be obtained via The National Library of Scotland can be found at A great site for help understanding Scottish terms and words is (electronic dictionary of older Scottish tongue). The Scottish Archive Network is at .  Dundee University’s Medical History Museum has a searchable site woth over 2500 images including people and places,

SCOUTS UK Scout Associations website (inc’ their national archive)

SEARCH SITES: MyCinnamonToast Surname Search, Huge index of links to genealogy web sites and databases, classified by surname and by region

SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS want dates of family history fairs?: try (or try for their events also

SOMERSET: Stogumber. Martin Southwood's excellent site of parish record entries from Stogumber, Bicknoller, Sampford Brett & Taunton St James

SOUTH DERBYSHIRE: Brett Payne’s fabulous site for all things South Derbyshire


STAFFORDSHIRE  For anyone in Staffordshire with irish roots there’s a dedicated website: . Another good site is, lots of great images.  Link to Phil Wood who has a records database (20300+) of WHITTINGTON nr Lichfield. Phil will happily search his data if you have a name enquiry philwood

SUSSEX: SALEHURST On line Parish Records of baptisms, burials, marriages etc  linked here by kind permission of Rob Burns: at

TEXTILES: Colour Museum (society of Dyers & Colourists) Bradford Textile Archive Quarry Bank Mill (Stal, Cheshire) and gives you access to historical records in relation to carpet-making, whilst The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters is at

USA IMMIGRANT? try another great searchable site where you might find your ancestors went across the pond. Ellis Island was where most immigrants were registered on arrival from the UK after 1/1/1892. Also try the Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild at Another good site is, and is another great passenger list site

USA New England The New York Historical . Main National Archives & records site is at

WALES  On line help starts at (this is the National Library of Wales site), lots of online help plus a search service.

WAR RECORDS: try a great easy-search site which sometimes give parents names also. Also look at which you can search for WW1 and WW11 data in the London, Belfast and Edinburgh old Gazettes. contains data of officers who died in various campaigns (inc obituaries). is maintained by The Great War Society and is full of excellent information. is a great guide to WWI cemeteries on France and Belgium. There is also a good site detailing Australian servicemen from WW11 at A fantastic site shows original red cross reports from WW1 of wounded/missing/killed in action reports: the Australian Red Cross site - it can often detail their backgrounds, families etc:, the link will tell you “not found” but you’ll see you are there! Hit their databases button and there’s some great information inc’ this red cross site. Also try . includes the Boer War rolls of honour. aims to provide an online photo-archive of graves of British servicemen and women from 1914 until the present dat

WARWICKSHIRE: from Michael J McCormick, nearly half a million 1891 census records at
Also check Pickards Pink Pages for Warwickshire Geneology which has the complete 1841 Warwickshire census and 1861 partial census data. There are MIs and BMDs and loads of other Warks data

WATERWAYS: Shardlow (Derbyshire) waterways heritage centre , and a names list of boat people on the Wolverhampton canals

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: Really useful conversions site for all commodities is FootRule.

WEST INDIES: (see section ‘caribbean’ too). The best place to start is probably this site, masses of useful links
Also try

WILLS TRANSCRIPTIONS by Rob Burns, UK wide can be seen at

WORKHOUSES: is a great place to start. has details of the 1834 Poor Law Amendments. gives a list of all UK workhouses

YORKSHIRE: The York Cemetery Database: index of c. 10,000 surnames from c. 28,000 graves- you can ask for data via their website