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The British Isles GenWeb is at www.britishislesgenweb.org

Government Archives

The British government National Archives, formerly the Public Records Office, is at ◊◊◊nationalarchives.gov.uk.
The A2A database at ◊◊◊nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A, contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England

DocumentsOnline (◊◊◊nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline ) allows you online access to the Public Record Office's collection of digitised public records. Searching the index is free, and it costs 3 to download a digital image. All PCC wills spanning the period 1384-1858 are now available.

The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland is at ◊◊◊www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk but there is a fee to access records.


The most important online British Isles resource is the
 1901 Census for England and Wales index at ◊◊◊www.1901censusonline.com

There is a large selection of U.K. Census Name Indexes at ◊◊www.thegenealogist.co.uk. Access is via subscription or by volunteering as an indexer.   Corresponding census data images on CD is available at the associated web site at ◊◊www.britishdataarchive.com.

Free UK census data is at http://freecen.rootsweb.com.
FreeCEN, FreeBMD, and FreeREG are parts of FreeUKGEN which is at http://freeukgen.rootsweb.com

The 1851 Census for the parishes of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire are at ◊◊ www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes/census.aspx

Dudley, Weetslade, Northumberland, England Census data 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 is at ◊ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tynesidehistory/census.html

Census Records for Hampshire, England 1851 & 1881 are at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wellsfam/country/hampshir/hamcen.html

South Derbyshire Transcripts of Census & Hearth Tax Assessments are at ◊http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~brett/censusindex.htm

Wirksworth Parish Derbyshire Records 1600-1900 are at ◊www.wirksworth.org.uk/MENU.htm

Vital Statistics

FreeBMD at ◊◊◊freebmd.rootsweb.com is a project to transcribe the Civil Registration index of Births, Marriages, and Deaths for England and Wales. The project is to transcribe the index only, not the records themselves. All that is recorded in the database is the name, date, event type (birth, marriage, or death), and the volume and page of the paper index. The idea is to find a name in the index and for a fee you can order the paper certificate from the GRO General Register Office.

There are a number of complete images of parish registers at ◊◊www.uk-genealogy.org.uk

A variety of Scottish Genealogy Databases are at ◊◊scotsfind.org

The UKGenScribe Transcription Archive is at www.ukgenscribe.org

UK Births, Marriages & Deaths on the Internet is at ◊◊www.ukbmd.org.uk. It includes references to sites like the following;


GENUKI Home page

The aim of GENUKI at ◊◊◊www.genuki.org.uk is to serve as a reference library of UK & Ireland genealogical information. It is organised by geographical localities, even down to parish level. It is a noncommercial service, provided by volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies. GENUKI provides primary historical material, e.g. parish register and census transcripts, etc.

Dumfries and Galloway Archives have Historical Indexes at ◊◊ www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes  


The findmypast.com website is at ◊◊ www.findmypast.com and has the following databases;

  • Index to Divorce and Matrimonial Causes 1858 - 1903
  • Index to Death Duty Registers 1796 - 1903
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea 1854 - 1890

Go to the Origins Network ◊◊◊ The Origins Network works in partnership with the custodians of historical records, making their material accessible via the Internet for a fee.

Go to Origin Search to search across the web ◊◊◊OriginSearch.com is a specialized genealogical search engine

Burke's Peerage is at ◊◊◊ burkespeerage.com. First published in 1826, Burke's Landed Gentry is a detailed listing of influential families in the British Isles.


The British Library Online Newspaper Archive is at ◊◊www.uk.olivesoftware.com

The London Gazette newspaper war archives is at ◊◊www.gazettes-online.co.uk

Military History

Land Forces of Britain is at ◊◊regiments.org.


Trade Directories

Direct resources has 19th century Trades Directories at ◊◊www.direct-resources.uk.com

The University of Leicester's digital library of 18th, 19th and early 20th century local and trade directories from England and Wales is at ◊◊www.historicaldirectories.org

Hogarth's 1758 oil painting "The Bench": 3 judges in formal robes and wigs, 2 asleep, with a shadowy figure in the backgroundLegal Records

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834 is a fully searchable online edition of accounts of criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. The web site is at ◊◊www.oldbaileyonline.org

Free access to a fully searchable index of over 520,000 Scottish wills and testaments dating from 1500 to 1901 is at ◊◊www.scottishdocuments.com

Local History

Local History and Photos of Wootton Bridge of the Isle of Wight is at http://woottonbridgeiow.co.uk


GenUKI has a UK & Ireland Church location database at ◊www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb

Modern maps are available at ◊ordnancesurvey.co.uk

GenUKI has a map of Counties of England, Wales and Scotland prior to the 1974 Boundary Changes at ◊www.genuki.org.uk/big/Britain.html

UK Placename Finder is at www.digital-documents.co.uk/archi/placename.htm

A nice British county map is at ◊www.abcounties.co.uk/counties/map.htm

Detailed county maps are at ◊www.londonancestor.com/maps/maps.htm

Historic county maps are at ◊http://web.ukonline.co.uk/badeslade

Tom's big chest of old maps for Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales is at ◊homepage.ntlworld.com/tomals/index2.htm

Brought to you by Landmark Information Group, ◊◊www.old-maps.co.uk provides online access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive which is jointly owned by Landmark and Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping agency.

Old Maps of Great Britain are at ◊ freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~genmaps

The Association of British Counties (ABC) has a Gazetteer of British Place Names at ◊www.abcounties.co.uk

Professional Research

Debrett Ancestry Research is at www.debrettancestry.co.uk

Alan Clarke's Northamptonshire site is at northants1841.fsnet.co.uk

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