The National Archives
Register Office for Scotland
sites, have links to various Government sites such as births, marriages & deaths and census records, etc. Searching the site is free,
but you have to pay for any copies. The Free BMD
& Free CEN
sites provides free access to the Civil Registration index information for England & Wales for the period 1837 to 1983 and the UK census index from 1841 to 1891. When you have the index references you can
then order a copy of a certificate online from the General Register Office
If you have details of your ancestors with their census references, you can enter them on the lostcousins
site so that other
family members can locate you. Joining is free but a subscription fee is required to contact any members that have common ancestors. As the
1881 census records are free to access at sites such as Ancestry
, it is an easy, secure and cheap way to find lost relations.
I have not used DNA testing in my family research and so I cannot comment on which is the best one one to use, but they can sometimes be useful in getting past those dead ends when normal record searching fails. However, before you buy a DNA test kit it may be worth reading the DNA master class
section in one of the lostcousins news letters.
There are DNA test comparison sites and thanks to Maria Jones for telling me about the DNA Testing Guides
site which also has an interesting beginner's guide to genealogy
. Although the text is American biased, the tips and techniques can be applied to any country.
Thanks also to Madison Brown for suggesting the DNA Weekly
Some of the sites mentioned on this page are also listed on the iReviews
web site, but there a few other ones as well so it may be worth checking.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
site has search facilities for birth, marriage & death
records, plus individual family tree records or recommended sites.
The genesreunited web site is now owned by Bright Solid (D.C. Thomson) who also own findmypast, so if you are going to
subscribe to see records, etc, check which site you prefer.
Both the Ancestry
sites have free search facilities and allow the uploading of your family tree data to create a tree, but most data is only viewable after
paying a subscription. Both sites have the basic records such as births, marriages & deaths and census returns, but do differ in
other types of records so it is worth checking them out before subscribing to make sure they cover your area of interest.
The popular Ancestry records are birth,
marriages & deaths
, census & electoral roll
returns and various military
The popular findmypast records are birth, marriages, deaths & parish
, census, land & survey
returns and various military, armed forces & conflict
The 1881 census transcriptions & images on both sites are free to search and view. The 1911 census images are pay to view, but they do
show your ancestor's hand writing and not the enumerator's as with earlier census images.
Both sites occasionally have free access periods to its records so it's worth creating a free login to receive email notification of such
events. Also, most town libraries have free access to pay to view sites such as Ancestry so again you can try before you buy.
Various county family history societies have their own web sites, such as Bedfordshire Family History Society,
which have links to societies for other counties. The Federation of Family History Societies site has now joined with the findmypast
site to provide pay-per-view databases on-line. The England GenWeb Project is a site to help researchers find local resources and reference
information. The site has links to sites for various counties, e.g. Bedfordshire Genealogy. The Roll of Honour link from that site
gives details of a large number of men & women listed on War Memorials & in Rolls of Honour in Britain and abroad.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site has search facilities for basic commemorative information about
men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars. It also lists civilians who died during the Second World War as a result of enemy action.
The Charles Booth Online Archive
is a survey into life & labour in London dating from 1886 to 1903.
There are searchable poverty maps & original survey notebooks, plus digitised police notebooks.
The British Library Online Newspaper Archive
has facilities to search
through its collections of newspapers, magazines, documents & books.
The Society of Genealogists
site has some material on-line such as the list of Parish Register
copies held in its library, the Subject & Surname Index from its magazine & various information leaflets.
If you think some of your ancestors may have been a Red Cross worker or volunteer during WW1 then the
web site may have some more information. The records are searchable by name, location, etc.
For more links to genealogy related web sites, Lily Jones kindly sent me a link to her web page of Genealogy Resources
Thanks to Lilly Graham who reminded me of the web-site that has lots of links regarding immigrants entering America via
in New York.
Thanks also to girl scout Colleen and assistant scout troop leader Corrine Hayes for sending me the link to the Parker Waichman
web-site which has more history and links relative to Ellis Island.
This gateway into America was operational from 1892 to 1954, so if you have ancestors that emigrated between 1820 to 1892, the
web site would be more useful.
Thanks also to Tina Ruskin for sending a link to the U.S.
Immigration web site relating to international adoptions.
In tracing my great great uncle William Gibbs who emigrated to America in 1866, I came across the
Chicago Tribune Archive
site, the U.S. Archives site
and the Internet Archive site that proved very useful.
If you ever find documents giving details of an ancestor's wealth, you
can relate it to present values by using the Current Value of Old Money site.
When you need folders, software, etc, for your records, or large tree printouts, various companies such as
S & N Genealogy Supplies or Genealogy Printers or
Family Tree Folk are worth a visit.
Although not directly connected to family trees, the Britain From Above
web site has aerial shots of Britain dating from 1919 to 1953 that may show where some of your ancestors used to live. In order to be able to
zoom in on the images and add pin-marker comments you have to create a login, but it's all free and you don't get nagging emails or advert spam from the site.
Another good site for old photographs is the HistoryPin
web site. If you create a login then you can add
comments to photos already in the collection or add your own photos to it.
The Historic England
web site (used to be called English Heritage) also has old photos that may relate to your ancestors.
The site is accessible now but as it is still under development the content and layout may change in the future.