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GREAT BRITAIN and IRELAND Genealogy Web Sites

GREAT BRITAIN ESSENTIAL GENEALOGY SITES

GENUKI, UK + Ireland Genealogy guide to resources: http://www.genuki.org.uk
GENUKI Gazetteer: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Gazetteer
GENUKI Church database: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb

FamilySearch, United Kingdom genealogy wiki: https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_Kingdom

International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.), FamilySearch Batch Numbers for the British Isles (and North America), Hugh Wallis Genealogical Web Site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis

FamilySearch: A Guide to the British Batches (extracted batches, formerly in the IGI), Archer Software (updated October 2012): http://www.archersoftware.co.uk/igi/index.htm

PARLOC, UK and Ireland, Parish Locator software, Our Bennet Family History and Parish Locator: http://www.parloc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

British Genes blog, Chris Paton: http://britishgenes.blogspot.ca

FreeReg, ongoing project, free indexes from UK parish and non-conformist registers: http://www.freereg.org.uk

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

FreeCen, ongoing project, free indexes of UK censuses: http://www.freereg.org.uk

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: http://www.ukbmd.org.uk

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

Family Relatives, some free indexes, other services. Also records for US, Australia, Canada:  http://www.familyrelatives.com

Deceased Online, UK burials and cremations, $, free index: http://www.deceasedonline.com

Historic Graves (currently mostly Ireland): http://historicgraves.com/

The Church Monuments Society, church monuments, all types and periods, UK and abroad: http://www.churchmonumentssociety.org/Links.html

The National Archives of the UK (TNA): http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

The British Library, many resources: http://portico.bl.uk

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: http://www.british-history.ac.uk

COPAC academic library search, access to 70 + UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues: http://copac.ac.uk/search

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 : http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~framland/acts/actind.htm

The British Newspaper Archive, pay site: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

ActivePaper Archive, a few issues each of the Manchester Guardian, Daily News, News of the World, and the Weekly Dispatch: http://www.uk.olivesoftware.com

UK Lookup Exchange, volunteers will do lookups in their own books: http://aztecrose.tripod.com/LookupExchange.htm

London Gazette, Edinburgh Gazette, and Belfast Gazette, official UK newspapers of record, historical and current (new website 2014, not all functional): https://www.thegazette.co.uk

Researching Historic Buildings in the British Isles: http://www.buildinghistory.org

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: http://www.hharp.org

Capital Punishment UK: http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/contents.html

GenMaps, historical maps of England, Scotland and Wales: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~genmaps

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

Geograph Britain and Ireland – working to collect and display “geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland”:
http://www.geograph.org.uk

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

UK LOCATOR SITES

British Telecom, residential search: http://www.thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/search/residential/search.publisha

Royal Mail: htthttpp://www.royalmail.co.uk

British Telegraphhttp://www.bt.com/index.jsp

192.com, for modern electoral rolls: http://www.192.com

How to Find An Old Friend, WikiHow: http://www.wikihow.com/Find-an-Old-Friend

Welcome to the British Isles, links to transportation, major newspapers: http://www.the-british-isles.com/links.html

UK FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY SOCIETIES

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS): http://www.ffhs.org.uk

Scottish Association of Family History Societies: http://www.safhs.org.uk

Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations: http://www.cigo.ie

Societies and Libraries and Archives for special topics

Families in British India Society (FIBIS): http://www.new.fibis.org

Pub History Society: http://www.pubhistorysociety.co.uk

Railway Ancestors Family History Society, library, publications, researchers: http://www.railwayancestors.org.uk

Romany and Traveller Family History Society: http://www.rtfhs.org.uk

National Railway Museum Archive and Library collections, family history: http://www.nrm.org.uk/ResearchAndArchive.aspx

BRITISH HISTORY

The British Monarchy: http://www.royal.gov.uk

British History Podcast series, Jamie Jeffers: http://thebritishhistorypodcast.com

British History Timelines, flash & non-flash, BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_british.shtml

English Heritage:http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

UK MILITARY GENEALOGY

Imperial War Museum : http://www.iwm.org.uk/lambeth/famhist.htm

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: http://www.cwgc.org

United Kingdom Inventory of War Memorials, searchable (but currently not by surname): http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.002006

The Dreadnought Project, naval history wiki, 1880-1920, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Main_Page

Lives of the First World War, Britain and the Commonwealth, Imperial War Museum and DC Thomson Family History: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/

The Army Children Archive: http://www.archhistory.co.uk/taca/home.html

RELIGIOUS ARCHIVES

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: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/archives/collections/missionary-collections/

Tracing Your Missionary Ancestors, .pdf format, SOAS (School of African Studies), University of London: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/archives/specialist-guides/subject/file76134.pdf

Worldwide Sources for Missionary and Church Archives, SOAS (School of African Studies) University of London: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/archives/links/missionary/

See also ARCHON Directory of UK Archives, The National Archives of the UK (TNA): http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon/default.htm

Anglican

The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd): http://www.theclergydatabase.org.uk/index.html

Tracing Anglican Clergy, History House: http://www.historyhouse.co.uk/articles/anglican_clergy.html

Church of England, Libraries and Archives: http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchcommissioners/church-administration/librariesandarchives.aspx

Church of England, Parish Locator (current): http://www.achurchnearyou.com

Methodist

British Methodist Heritage: http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/index.htm

My Primitive Methodist Ancestors: http://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/

Methodist Archives and Research Centre, University of Manchester: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/searchresources/guidetospecialcollections/methodist/

Quaker

Quaker Family History Society: http://www.qfhs.co.uk/

The Library of the Society of Friends. Catalogue, exhibits online: http://www.quaker.org.uk/library

Roman Catholic

Catholic Family History Society (England & Wales): http://www.catholic-history.org.uk/cfhs/

Catholic History, England & Wales 1550-1850: http://www.catholic-history.org.uk/index.php

Catholic National Library: http://www.catholic-library.org.uk/

BRITISH WORKHOUSES AND POVERTY

19th Century Poor Law Union and Workhouse Records, with research guides. The National Archives of the UK: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/workhouse.asp

The Workhouse: http://www.workhouses.org.uk

Poor Relief, Scottish Workhouses, SCAN: http://www.scan.org.uk/knowledgebase/topics/poorhouses_topic.htm

Poor Law Records, Leaflet #13, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland: http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/research_and_records_held/catalogues_guides_indexes_and_leaflets/information_leaflets.htm

Guide to the Records of the Poor Law, National Archives of Ireland: http://www.nationalarchives.ie/research/research-guides-and-articles/guide-to-the-records-of-the-poor-law

Our ancestors and the fear of the Victorian workhouse, podcast, The National Archives of the UK: http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/our-ancestors-and-the-fear-of-the-victorian-workhouse

ENGLAND AND WALES

IRELAND

NORTHERN IRELAND

SCOTLAND

WALES

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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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