Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top 10 websites for English genealogy

Following is a list suggested by FamilyTree University. Just take the major title and Google it. For instance, from #1, copy FreeBMD and paste that into your search engine. For me to put the direct link would take me too much time, AND it's good practice for you!! Yay, that's my story and I'm stickin with it!! hahaha

1. FreeBMD. Civil registration records. Free.

2. FreeReg. Parish registers. Free.

3. FindMyPast. Most searches free. Views by subscription or pay-per-view. FindMyPast has acquired rights for many databases compiled by the Federation of Family History Societies.

4. Origins. Wills indexes, marriage indexes, censuses, electoral registers. Free searches. Views by hourly, monthly or annual subscription.

5. The Genealogists. Parish records, non-conformist church records (in cooperation with The National Archives), some newspapers, Canterbury wills.

6. British Library Newspaper Archive has searchable images of a handful of English newspapers.

7. Fold3 has images of the London Times from 1788-1820 (originals at Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana).

8. The National Burial Index. A project of FFHS, the National Burial Index is a database of entries from English and Welsh burials registers - both Church of England and non-conformist. It is available only in libraries and archives in England and Wales, or at the Family History Library. It can be ordered from FFHS Services for £27.95. FFHS also has a Monumental Transcriptions Project to index cemetery transcriptions.

9. Ireland and United KingdomGenweb Project. Part of WorldGenweb, the Ireland and United Kingdom Project, has separate sites for each English County (hosted by Rootsweb at Ancestry.com). Contents vary by county. The Yorkshire site has links to family history sites, local family history organizations, and various record indexes. Some links connect to Genuki (see below); you will encounter broken links. Overall, Genuki is probably a better starting point for your local research.

10. GENUKI. Genuki is a free British Isles help-site similar to U.S. Genweb. Within Genuki are websites for each county in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Genuki also offers a church database (http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb/).

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