1939 Register of England and Wales $ documents covering the entire civilian population of England and Wales at the start of WWII

British Isles GenWeb directory of genealogical resources by county, great parish finder

British History Online British history books

Cause Papers database from the Borthwick Institute for Archives collection of cause papers, case records created by the church courts in the diocese of York 1300-1858

Expert Links from Price & Associates extensive collection of resources for online genealogy research in England

Family Chest $ Database of historical family property deeds from England and Wales. Summaries are free. Pay for transcriptions and documents.

Family History Online databases including parish registers, memorial transcriptions, censuses and gravestone photos, for England and Wales, free searching, $pay-per-view

familyrecords Links to web sites of all of the major British repositories

familyrelatives $ entire civil registration index with downloadable images, Charterhouse register 1872-1910 (Oxford, Trinity College and others)

findmypast (formerly 1837online) ($ or access at local Family History Center) Scanned General Register Office (GRO) indexes of Births, Marriages & Deaths for England & Wales from 1837 to 2002, 1861 census, subscription or pay-per-view, available for free at any Family History Center

Genealogist’s Internet Comprehensive list of web site for British genealogy research, companion to book but very useful own it’s own

Genes Reunited $ British census records, civil registration indexes, user contributed pedigrees

GENfair British family history related products, listing of family history societies, many you can join using a credit card, some with monumental inscriptions and parish registers for their area for sale

GenUKI genealogical reference library for UK and Ireland with tips, databases, maps, newsgroups and bulletin bboards

genuki book how to use genuki reference

Google UK

Guild of One Name Studies Researching a specific surname

London Ancestor Guide to Genealogy and Family History in England

London Lives archive of 18th century British life, documents include parish archives, criminal records, coroners’ records and hospital and guild records. Registration is required but access to the site is free.

Looking for a Person National Archives ‘research signpost’ for researching a specific person over a vast number of databases

National Archives free searches of wills (up to 1850), ($)to download, Royal Marine Registers 1842 – 1936, World War 2 shipping movement cards.

National Archives Trafalgar Ancestors list of officers and crew who served in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Old Bailey Proceedings text of cases heard at the Old Bailey in London between 1674 and 1834

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 John Camden Hotten’s 1962 book with the names of more than 11,000 emigrants from England to the United States from 1600 to 1700

origins (merged into FindMyPast) $ marriage license allegations, will indexes, wills, apprenticeship abstracts, London burial index and more, pay-per-view site, some searches free

Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807 Slave trade documents from the Parliamentary Archives

Parish Chest a genealogy store with census records, parish registers, maps, books and detailed directories

Publicprofiler gbname Distribution of surnames in Great Britain in 1881 or 1998

Rootschat messaging forum for anyone researching their family or local history with a focus on the British Isles

Society of Genealogists search and copy service so you can have documents copied and sent to you, access to digitized collections for for members

TheGenealogist.co.uk ($ or access at local Family History Center) census transcriptions and images, land records, non-conformist and parish records, wills

UK Battlefields Resource Centre information on fields of conflict throughout the United Kingdom

UK/1911 BMD links to sites containing Civil Registration indexes and Parish data for the UK (some free)

UKBMD Online Parish Clerks Websites Links to websites that offer on-line indexes and transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths, censuses, parish records, wills, monumental inscriptions etc.

Yesterday’s Journey Transcribed records, primarily from Derbyshire in England. Includes apprentice records, bastardy papers and coroner’s records.


English Origenes use your DNA to rediscover your English heritage

Cemetery Records

Deceased Online includes the names of millions of people buried or cremated in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with data from statutory burial and cremation registers and links to the original registers. Searches free, $ to view the original images

Census Records

Ancestry England and Wales Census from 1841 to 1911 $

Familysearch England and Wales Census from 1841 to 1911 lookups free, FindMyPast $ to view images

FindMyPast UK Census from 1841 to 1911 $

freecen surname indexes for some UK census records

1901 Census for England & Wales $ Searches free, pay for downloads

1911 UK Census $ Searches free, pay for downloads

Church and Parish Records

Anglican Clergy & Other Church Records Newly available records from the Church of England

Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales

Docklands Ancestors Parish Registers Transcription Project London parish registers, free searches, ($) to download

Deceased Online Registry of burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland starting in 1837. Searches free, ($) to download transcription or image

freebmd Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales

Kent Parish Records from the Medway Council Archives Service

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks extracts of parish records for the county of Lancashire, also has links to other record offices and archives

Nonconformist birth, marriage and death records from the National Archives and Genealogy Supplies Ltd.

Civil Records

Official Non-Parochial BMDs Service official UK National Archives site for Non Parochial and Non Conformist records

General Record Office Order civil records from 1837 until current day (within 6 to 18 months)


British Phone Books $ BT’s archives of old phone books,starting in 1880, ($) from ancestry

HistoricalDirectories University of Leicester’s collection of online historical city directories from 1717 to 1919

Maps (to buy)

Assorted AA Maps

AA Big Easy Read Britain large print, easy to use

Current Day London Map

London Mini A-Z Street Atlas

Ordnance Survey Maps online version with great detail

Maps & Gazetteers Online

Cassini Maps detailed historical maps for England and Wales, dating from 1853

Charles Booth Online Archive the London School of Economics poverty maps of London from 1886 to 1903

England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851 interactive map showing which jurisdiction each parish resides in, with parishes, civil registration districts, counties and provinces, lists the dates that bishop’s transcripts and parish registers began and non-conformist denominations

Gazetteer of British Place Names place name index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries, listing the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies

Historical Map Archive, browse online for free

Locating London’s Past 1746 map of London overlaid on a Google map, created by the Centre for Metropolitan History and Museum of London Archaeology

National Library of Scotland Find maps of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Ordnance Survey Maps


British Battles ad supported site with searchable British battle maps


19th Century British Newspapers $ 24 hour/100 article maxium or 7 day/200 article maximum passes available

British Newspaper Archive $ Collection of more than 65 million articles from British newspapers over the past 300 years. Searches free, ($) to download image

Find My Past Newspapers and Periodicals British, Irish, US and World Newspapers and PERiodical Source Index

Historical Newspapers $ The Guardian and the Observer, free at libraries subscribing to ProQuest Historical Newspapers Service

Richard Heaton’s Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online index to British and Irish newspapers online with links to many of them, both free and $


FindMyPast $ Passenger lists from the UK starting in 1890, free index search, pay to view records


Durham Probate Records Pre-1858 collection of wills and associated documents for the Province of Durham, England. This includes part of what is now Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Crayke (Yorkshire) and Alston (Cumberland) and Northallerton and some surrounding townships in Yorkshire.

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 $ collection of pre-1858 wills, with about 1 million records with images of the original records, ancestry subscription required or free at many libraries

UK Probate Service search the probte index and read summaries for free and order a digital copy of a will for for download for a fee

Research Guides

English Genealogy Guide from David Lambert at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Family History Library’s Research Series: England Beginning Research Online class from the FHL with handouts

First Steps in Family History guide from the Federation of Family History Societies, good overview of probate records

Newbies’ Guide to Genealogy & Family History by Roy Stockdill