Useful Websites

1. GenUKI – Free site, maintained by volunteers. Features county by county descriptions, directions as to how to research each county, and a variety of websites covering specialized interests. Gazetteers, church databases, societies, etc. are also included.  = main page, containing Regional Page links, Technical Links, and Quick Links

2. The Genealogist’s Internet – Free site, maintained by Peter Christian. Contains pages of links to sites offering a broad spectrum of subjects, including the National Archives. Updated yearly. = All links mentioned in Peter Christian’s book are included; some are pay sites, but most are free.

3. RootsChat forum, UK – Very popular free forum for discussing UK genealogy.

4. British History Online Records –  free site

5. FreeBMD – UK – Free site, with data from July 1, 1837, when official Registrars took over the duty of recording births, marriages, and deaths. Records of some counties have not been fully transcribed; others are completed.

FreeCEN (a related group).  Transcriptions of the 1841 through 1891 censuses; some counties are completely done. (Cornwall has been completed)

6. Find My Past – fee based – compilation of UK records, many from transcriptions provided by various County Family History societies. Rapidly growing and evolving site, adding collections including some governmental records; images of original documents. Free at the MGS library and at LDS family history centers.

7. Eastman’s Newsletter blog, USA – a free blog relating to all aspects of Genealogy, some of which relate to the UK, but all interesting.

8. Newspapers –  Free access –
Wales =

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser newspaper transcriptions from 1837 to 1858 thusfar; includes BMDs published weekly, all court cases, news of suicides and coroner’s inquests, and “local” news often featuring ordinary people.

British Newspapers Online – fee based –

9. The Peerage Records, UK – free

10. Forces War Records, UK – pay

11. The Genealogist records, UK –  pay site for a wide selection of records –

12. Commonwealth War Graves Records, UK  – free                               

13. Genes Reunited, UK – pay –

14. Cyndi’s List – England –  free – Has extensive links to various sites relating to UK genealogy and history

15. Genealogy In Time, free magazine – Canadian, with links to the US and UK

16. National Archives –  to access collections, go to

This is also a way to find a good link to research guides–

They also have a wonderful course on paleography – the study of Secretarial hand, a type of shorthand used by courts and lawyers for all sorts of records, especially wills, with letters a modern reader would not recognize.

Use Discovery to find what is held in County Offices, as well as the N.A.; includes records of land transactions (including by witnesses), court cases, etc. Very good to excellent descriptions of these documents. Also has wills one can order for online viewing at a nominal cost.

17. – fee-based site with “complete access to GRO records”

Revised 28 March 2015


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