General Genealogy Sites of Interest

Below are listed just a selection of sites you might find useful.

The National Archives

  The National Archives are making more records available on-line. Generally the index searches are free but there is a fee to see the image of the document ( If you visit Kew and search on their machines the images may be viewed without charge and printed for normal photocopying charges
  TNA, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
  020 8876 3444

  • Military Records See this section for military records held at The National Archives and elsewhere
  • 1901 Census Free searchable index of census. Charge for images/transcripts. Note Many other commercial sites also offer access
  • PCC Wills 1384- 1858 All PCC wills held by the National Archives(PROB11) are available on line. During this period all wills had to be proved in the Church courts, the Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the most important and dealt mainly with wealthy individuals but also included seamen and soldiers dying overseas
  • Victorian Prisoners Photographs An incomplete photographic gallery of prisoners covering the period 1800-1890
  • Death Duty Registers 1796 - 1903 in 1796 legacy duty was a tax payable on money left in wills of a personal estate. Close relatives such as wives & children did not have to pay. More distant relatives had to pay on a percentage depending upon the relationship. In 1805 real estate or the money received from real estate was added. Throughout the years the name of the tax changed and the duty extended. Full Description of the Duty

Federation of Family History Societies
The umbrella organisation for many family history societies. They maintain a list of member societies if your interests lie outside Buckinghamshire. The Federation also operates Family History On Line which contains over 66 million records. Bucks FHS contributes some records

Society of Genealogists

  14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
  020 7251 8799

Mormons- Church of the Latter Day Saints - Family Search

The Church has a free site with the IGI, 1881 Census, Vital records all searchable by name.

Free BMD
  A group of volunteers is entering the data from the GRO indexes of all births, deaths & marriages from 1837 to the present day. The index is not complete but if you find your ancestor it could save you a trip to the library or London.

Ordering Certificates On-line
  It now costs the same to order a certificate on line as it does to go to London and order them. For more information about certificates try the Registering Life Events site

Scotlands People
  The Scottish record system is different. Scotland has one of the most complete on-line systems. You need to register and pay for viewing the certificates


  The site is devoted to an index of resources held in the major libraries of the UK

Access to Archives

The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. It is searchable by name. The site does not yet cover the whole of England and will only tell you where the archives are held

Surname Distribution
  You can see the results of an academic survey into the distribution of surnames in the UK.

Genuki -British & Irish Genealogy

  The Genuki site has information about each county, including record offices, publications, parishes etc

Cyndi's List

The site lists gives links to various genealogical sites but many are American

Genealogy Today(UK Edition)

  The site has Newsletters, Advice and Databases all with a UK bias

Genes Reunited

  Devoted to help you find other people researching your family and sharing your research with others.

Guild of One Name Studies

  This is an organisation for people making a study of a specific name. It is worth looking here to see if someone else has already researched your name

The Workhouse iconThis site has information above the way workhouses evolved over the centuries and the legislation that impacted them. Also has information on specific workhouses

New Zealand Newspaper Announcements

Extracts from Birth, Marriage & Death announcements in mostly New Zealand Newspapers

Children sent to Canada 1870-1940

A list of children, their age and the ship they sailed on

War Brides

Index of women emigrating to USA, Canada, Australia etc as war brides

Dating Old Photographs

Help dating Edwardian & Victorian photographs with numerous examples of costume

British Pathe News Archives

A library of 12 million images from the years of Pathe News

Adoption Research Reunion
Databases of agencies offering support, counselling and intermediary services, and a databses to help find where adoption records are held

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