A to Z of British Genealogical Research
Everything from adoption to wills!
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
The ARCHON Directory provides contact details for record offices, libraries and other record collecting institutions throughout the United Kingdom and overseas
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
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
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
Cemetries & Cemetry Records
Browse 3,569,011 cemetery records across 7,500 cemeteries from around the world
Free census records online
Census Pre 1841
A guide on where to find census listings and schedules 1801-1831
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
A place to post your genealogy queries
Over 263,000 links for genealogists, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 100 categories
Digital images of wills (probate records), Cabinet Records, pictures, photographs and historical documents from the Public Record Office
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.
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
This was a good site (it’s no longer active), provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium.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.
Births, marriages, and deaths, military records, parish records and more.
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
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.
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.
Over 21,000 geneology links to ships passenger lists, cemetery transcriptions, censuses for UK & Ireland, USA, Europe, Canada, Australia & NZ
Have your Family Tree custom printed on one sheet of paper at Genealogy Printers
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
Genealogy and family tree building.
Family History Books and much more from the Federation of Family History Societies
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
A directory of surnames from Google
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
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.
IGI batch numbers
For advanced IGI searching.
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
A Genealogy site dedicated to helping you get the most from the Internet and your Family History researches
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
Distribution of surnames in Ireland in 1890.
Very useful if you’ve got this far!
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
Old Bailey Online
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834
Genealogy data for family history research in England, Scotland and Ireland
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. .
Quaker Genealogical Sources
If you believe that someone in your family was a Quaker, this guide may help you.
Hundreds of gigabytes (millions of pages) of FREE genealogy data, with more added every day.
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.
The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland
Scottish genealogy service for people with roots in Scotland
Search for Ancestors
All the major genealogy surname search engines on one page
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
Database of surname origins
Surnames of England and Wales
How common (or rare) is your surname?
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
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
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.
For finding relatives in the US
Index of British Officers and men in Victorian wars
Web Publishing for Genealogy
Details of a book on this subject plus some excellent links
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.
Genealogical collections (especially royalty!).