Great Britain and Ireland – Links

GREAT BRITAIN and IRELAND Genealogy Web Sites


GENUKI, UK + Ireland Genealogy guide to resources:
GENUKI Gazetteer:
GENUKI Church database:

FamilySearch, United Kingdom genealogy wiki:

International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.), FamilySearch Batch Numbers for the British Isles (and North America), Hugh Wallis Genealogical Web Site:

FamilySearch: A Guide to the British Batches (extracted batches, formerly in the IGI), Archer Software (updated October 2012):

PARLOC, UK and Ireland, Parish Locator software, Our Bennet Family History and Parish Locator:

British Genes blog, Chris Paton:

FreeReg, ongoing project, free indexes from UK parish and non-conformist registers:

Parish register Latin : an introduction by C. Russell Jensen, book on-line at both FamilySearch and Internet (Salt Lake City, Utah: Vita Nova Books,1988).

FreeCen, ongoing project, free indexes of UK censuses:

UKBMD, links to free and pay sites with indexes, transcriptions , images of UK birth, marriage and death (BMD) and censuses, includes some information on Brits abroard, e.g. ‘British’ cemeteries:

UKGDL (UK Genealogical Directories and Lists Online), a companion site to UKBMD (UK Birth, Marriages & Deaths). Links to both free and pay sites:

Family Relatives, some free indexes, other services. Also records for US, Australia, Canada:

Deceased Online, UK burials and cremations, $, free index:

Historic Graves (currently mostly Ireland):

The Church Monuments Society, church monuments, all types and periods, UK and abroad:

The National Archives of the UK (TNA):

The British Library, many resources:

British History Online, for England, Scotland and Wales. Transcriptions/indexes of documents, published sources, maps, gazetteers, dictionaries and research guides and catalogues. Free and subscription content, Institute of Historical Research, University of London:

COPAC academic library search, access to 70 + UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues:

Transcripts of Various Acts of Parliament [UK] of Interest to the Genealogist, Guy Etchells. Includes census enumerators instructions 1841-1901, the Act for Burying in Woolen, 1677, and the Deceased Wife’s Sister’s Marriage Act 1907 and the Deceased Brother’s Widow’s Marriage Act 1921 :

**For British Columbia and Yukon Residents ONLY** BC Points to the Past – Gale, CenGage Learning. Free access to some Gale databases including British newspapers and periodicals, literary manuscripts, government papers and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: An International Archive:

The British Newspaper Archive, pay site:

index to Digitalised Online British and Irish Newspapers, Richard Heaton:

UK Press Online, pay site:

ActivePaper Archive, a few issues each of the Manchester Guardian, Daily News, News of the World, and the Weekly Dispatch:

UK Lookup Exchange, volunteers will do lookups in their own books:

London Gazette, Edinburgh Gazette, and Belfast Gazette, official UK newspapers of record, historical and current (new website 2014, not all functional):

Researching Historic Buildings – and Maps and Surveying – in the British Isles:

Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP), 19th century children’s hospital records, including the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, the Evelina Hospital, the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow:

Capital Punishment UK:

United Kingdom maps – over 13,000 zoomable maps of the UK and beyond, National Library of Scotland:

GenMaps, historical maps of England, Scotland and Wales:

Britain from Above, Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. Search, browse; identify, annotate or pin, or join a research group:

Geograph Britain and Ireland – working to collect and display “geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland”:

Lost Cousins, match ancestors on these censuses – England & Wales 1841, 1881 1911; Scotland 1881; Ireland 1911. (Also Canada 1881; USA 1880):


British Telecom, residential search:

Royal Mail: htthttpp://

British Telegraph, for modern electoral rolls:

How to Find An Old Friend, WikiHow:

Welcome to the British Isles, links to transportation, major newspapers:


The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS):

Scottish Association of Family History Societies:

Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations:

Societies and Libraries and Archives for special topics

Families in British India Society (FIBIS):

Pub History Society:

Railway Ancestors Family History Society, library, publications, researchers:

Romany and Traveller Family History Society:

National Railway Museum Archive and Library collections, family history:


The British Monarchy:

British History Podcast series, Jamie Jeffers:

British History Timelines, flash & non-flash, BBC:

English Heritage:


Imperial War Museum :

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

United Kingdom Inventory of War Memorials, searchable (but currently not by surname):

The Dreadnought Project, naval history wiki, 1880-1920,

Lives of the First World War, Britain and the Commonwealth, Imperial War Museum and DC Thomson Family History:

The Army Children Archive:


Missionary collections, SOAS (School of African Studies), University of London. Collections for London Missionary Society (Council for World Mission), Methodist Missionary Society, Presbyterian Church of English Foreign Missions Committee, China Inland Mission (Overseas Missionary Fellowship),  Missionary Library collections:

Tracing Your Missionary Ancestors, .pdf format, SOAS (School of African Studies), University of London:

Worldwide Sources for Missionary and Church Archives, SOAS (School of African Studies) University of London:

See also ARCHON Directory of UK Archives, The National Archives of the UK (TNA):


The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd):

Tracing Anglican Clergy, History House:

Church of England, Libraries and Archives:

Church of England, Parish Locator (current):


British Methodist Heritage:

My Primitive Methodist Ancestors:

Methodist Archives and Research Centre, University of Manchester:

Presbyterian Churches. Ireland

Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland:

Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, including the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland:


Quaker Family History Society:

The Library of the Society of Friends. Catalogue, exhibits online:

Roman Catholic

Catholic Family History Society (England & Wales):

Catholic History, England & Wales 1550-1850:

Catholic National Library:

Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (English Presbyterian)

Unitarian Historical Society:


19th Century Poor Law Union and Workhouse Records, with research guides. The National Archives of the UK:

The Workhouse:

Poor Relief, Scottish Workhouses, SCAN:

Poor Law Records, Leaflet #13, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland:

Guide to the Records of the Poor Law, National Archives of Ireland:

Our ancestors and the fear of the Victorian workhouse, podcast, The National Archives of the UK:






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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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