Birth Certificate-thumbnailThe Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths started in 1837. The registers are held by the local Registrar with a copy deposited at the General Register Office (GRO). Copies of these certificates can be obtained either by ordering on-line or by post. The cheapest way to obtain copy certificates is to order direct from the GRO.

Old Bailey Records On-line.

Have you got any ancestors you prefer not to talk about?  The Old Bailey has on line the accounts of 197,745 trials.  Search the index by name of accused, witnesses etc and get a full account of the trial

The State Library of Queensland, Australian has created a database from the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867. The database has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm. You can find details for over 123 000 of the estimated 160 000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries - names, term of years, transport ships and more.

In response to growing demand, The National Archives has agreed free onsite internet access to the birth, deaths and marriages indexes, through, the UK family history website.

'Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600 - 1807' ( is a new website from the Parliamentary Archives, using original source material, interwoven with narrative from expert historians, to tell the story of Parliament's complex relationship with the British slave trade. The website enables visitors, anywhere in the world, to examine key documents, engage with the issues and voice their views.

newspapersThe British Library announced in March 2007 major plans to move its historic newspaper collection from Colindale in North London to Boston Spa in Yorkshire. It is anticipated that by 2011 access to the Newspaper Library will be at St Pancras by means of microfilm or digital copies (referred to as surrogates), with access to the original documents being allowed only in exceptional circumstances.