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Tracing your family tree

Tracing your family tree can be great fun.  I have made friends with people in America and Australia who turn out to be distant relatives!  You will soon find out that you need some software to keep your information organised.  Click here for links to family tree software.

The Good Web Guide: Genealogy is a useful starting point for British people looking on the internet.  It comes with a CD-ROM. The Genealogy on Line for Dummies (see at the end of this page) is more advanced and has a slight American bias.

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1901 online UK census
The 1901 census now covers earlier censuses for England and Wales as well 

1911 census
The official 1911 census site for England and Wales.

A to Z of British Genealogical Research
Everything from adoption to wills!

Access Genealogy
Sister site to Surname Web (see below)

Home of the largest collection of family history data online.

Ancestor Super Search
Precision search-engine for selected English genealogical data pre-1930. Simultaneously make contact with distant cousins researching the same ancestor

ARCHON Directory
The ARCHON Directory provides contact details for record offices, libraries and other record collecting institutions throughout the United Kingdom and overseas

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BBC Family History
A useful starting place for beginners

Birth, Marriage and Death certificates
Barbara Dixon's excellent guide to birth, marriage and death certificates in England and Wales

BMD Registers
The Offical Non-Parochial BMDs Service in Association with The National Archives

British Family History
Another useful starting place

British-Genealogy.com is dedicated to assisting people with their British family history research.

British Isles Genweb
Regional resource page for research in Ireland and the United Kingdom

British Library
Use this site to search catalogues, order items for research, view exhibitions and link to information resources worldwide.

British Library Online Newspaper Archive
Search old newspapers etc. online free of charge

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Cemetries & Cemetry Records
Browse 3,569,011 cemetery records across 7,500 cemeteries from around the world

Census Finder
Free census records online

Census Pre 1841
A guide on where to find census listings and schedules 1801-1831

Cheshire BMD
This database will eventually cover all Cheshire births, marriages and deaths from 1837. 

Cheshire County Council
Genealogy and historical records

 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The commonwealth war graves commission may be useful if you had relatives in the forces

Cousin Connect
A place to post your genealogy queries

Cyndi's List
Over 263,000 links for genealogists, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 100 categories

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Documents Online
Digital images of wills (probate records), Cabinet Records, pictures, photographs and historical documents from the Public Record Office

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Ellis Island Records
Ellis Island was the processing centre for immigrants to the United States.  This database contains twenty-two million entries, covering the period from 1892 to 1924.

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Family History Resources in public libraries in Britain and Ireland

Family History Fairs
Details of family history fairs.

Family History Online
On-line records compiled by Family History Societies

Family History Society of Cheshire
Invaluable for anyone from Cheshire

Family Records
This was a good site (it's no longer active), provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium.  It helps you find government records and other sources you need for your family history research.  You may find something useful in the archives.

Family Relatives
Births, marriages, and deaths, military records, parish records and more.

Family Search
Site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Currently under test so not all features available. The Mormons are very helpful to people (of any religion) who wish to trace their family tree.

Family Tree Forum
Gedcom listings magazine and more

Family Tree Maker
The makers of this Family Tree software also has numerous links.

Federation of Family History Societies
Find a family history society in your (or your ancestors') area.

Find My Past
Formerly called 1837 online, this site enables you to search and browse the birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales, from 1837 to 2004 and many of the censuses.

Genealogy resources online including the origin and distribution of your ancestor's surnames 

Free BMD
The FreeBMD (Births, Marriages, and Deaths) Project's objective is to provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales 

This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns

Free Databases for Genealogical Research
Directory of useful databases

The FreeREG Project's objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK.

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Genealogy Books by Peter Christian
Details of books and useful links

Genealogy on Google
How to use Google to research your genealogy.

Dedicated to bringing you the best and most comprehensive resources and services available on the Web.

Genealogy Links
Over 21,000 geneology links to ships passenger lists, cemetery transcriptions, censuses for UK & Ireland, USA, Europe, Canada, Australia & NZ

Genealogy Printers
Have your Family Tree custom printed on one sheet of paper at Genealogy Printers

Genealogy Toolbox
Sites within the Toolbox contain links to thousands of genealogically-related sites, profiles of genealogy software, articles on genealogy in the Journal of Online Genealogy, allow posting of genealogical queries, and provide information on genealogical books

General Register Office
How to Order a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate for England and Wales

General Register Office for Ireland
How to Order a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate for Ireland

General Register Office for Northern Ireland
How to Order a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate for Northern Ireland

General Register Office for Scotland (GROS)
How to Order a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate for Scotland.

Genes Reunited
Genealogy and family tree building.

Family History Books and much more from the Federation of Family History Societies

Gen Source
This site provides the online genealogist with three databases to assist them with their research online.

GENUKI is the genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland, containing a large structured tree of information

Google Surnames
A directory of surnames from Google

Gravestone Photos
Gravestone monument photographic image index

Great Britain Family Names
Profiling the distribution of surnames in Great Britain

Guild of One-Name Studies
The international organisation for everyone interested in one-name studies

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Historical Directories
A digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories from England and Wales

Historical Manuscripts Commission
HMC is the UK's central advisory body on archives and manuscripts relating to British history.

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IGI batch numbers
For advanced IGI searching.

Immigrant Ships
A group of volunteers dedicated to making our ancestors' immigration records easy and convenient to find

Internet Family Finder
Enter the name you want and see what there is

Internet Library of Early Journals
A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals

My Irish Ancestry
An Irish Genealogy/Ancestry page for ancestors of emigrants from Ireland

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Joes's Genealogy
A Genealogy site dedicated to helping you get the most from the Internet and your Family History researches


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Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
This site aims to extract and preserve the records from the various parishes and to provide online access to that data, free of charge.

Latter-day Saints Online
The UK genealogy section of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Provides information about their Family History Centre locations and how to get UK versions of their excellent software (e.g. the 1881 UK census)

Web sites, obituaries, biographies, and other material specific to a surname

Long, Long Trail
A resource for military historians, genealogists and others with an interest in the Great War of 1914-1918

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Mateson's Database
Distribution of surnames in Ireland in 1890.

Medieval Genealogy
Very useful if you've got this far!

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National Archives
The National Archives has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book to government papers recently released to the public.

National Archives of Ireland
The National Archives holds many records which are relevant to Irish genealogy and local history.

Newspaper Library Catalogue
Search the British Library newspaper catalogue for records relating to newspapers, periodicals, magazines and comics

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Old Bailey Online
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834

Genealogy data for family history research in England, Scotland and Ireland

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Powys Family History Society
The Powys Family History Society

Public Records Office
Advice and Resources for Family Historians.

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
The official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. .

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Quaker Genealogical Sources
If you believe that someone in your family was a Quaker, this guide may help you.

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Roots Web
Hundreds of gigabytes (millions of pages) of FREE genealogy data, with more added every day.

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Scottish Documents
Scottish documents has been created by the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN). They offer free access to a fully searchable index of over 520,000 Scottish wills and testaments dating from 1500 to 1901.

Scotland's People
The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland

Scot Roots
Scottish genealogy service for people with roots in Scotland

Search for Ancestors
All the major genealogy surname search engines on one page

Ships List
Helping those seeking the details of their ancestors' ships; passenger records; contemporary immigration reports; newspaper records; ship wreck information; ship pictures etc.

Society of Genealogists
It's well worth a trip to their library in London if you're getting nowhere

Surname DB
Database of surname origins

Surnames of England and Wales
How common (or rare) is your surname?

Surname Navigator
A one window megasearch jump-start engine for surnames - can simultaneously search various databases, using only one input screen.  There are also surname navigators for 26 countries

Surname Web
Use their Search Engine and search through their very large listing of surnames using a variety of methods.

Swancott family history
For people with the surname Swancott, Swancutt, Swancot, Swancoat and Swancote in their family tree

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Genealogy search engine.


You can select and search for web sites that are dedicated to providing on-line information for genealogists researching births, marriages and deaths in the UK

UK Family History Online
This site aims to give you easy access to information and links to the main UK family history sites on the web.

US Census
For finding relatives in the US


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War Times
Index of British Officers and men in Victorian wars

Web Publishing for Genealogy
Details of a book on this subject plus some excellent links

World Connect
Over 27 million individuals on file in RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project.  You can search by surname and/or place of birth/death and it's free!

World Gen Web
The goal of the WorldGenWeb Project is to have every country in the world represented by an online website and hosted by researchers who either live in their own country or who are familiar with their country's resources.

 World Roots
Genealogical collections (especially royalty!).


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