England & Wales – Links

England & Wales – Links


FreeBMD Project, free Civil Registration index information for England and Wales, 1837-1983. Not complete; ongoing indexing: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com

England – Online Parish Clerks projects, so far covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Somerset, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire: http://www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/OPC.html

Registrum ecclesiae parochialis: the history of parish registers in England : also of the registers of Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies, the dissenters, and the Episcopal chapels in and about London: with observations on bishops’ transcripts and the provisions of the act of the 52nd George III. cap. 146. by John Southerden Burn (London: J.R. Smith, Second Edition, 1862) on-line at the Internet Archive, various formats: https://archive.org/details/registrumecclesi00burnrich

The parish registers of England by John Charles Cox (London Methuen, 1910) on-line at the Internet Archive, various formats: https://archive.org/details/parishregisterso00coxjuoft

General Register Office (GRO), Life Event registration information, Directgov: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/index.htm
To order GRO certificates on-line: http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates

England and Wales Birth Certificate Information, details and history for certificate headings, etc. Barbara Dixon: http://www.dixons.clara.co.uk/Certificates/indexbd.htm

Historical Directories, England and Wales. Note new website address:  http://cdm16445.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4 [Old URL: http://www.historicaldirectories.org ]

Protestation Returns from 1642, when all adult men were asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the Protestant religion, are coming on-line free. Check Peter Calver of Lost Cousins’s handy list of Returns by county and parish with links. About 3500 returns survive, including about 1/3 of English parishes. If you do not see your parish listed, check the local records office and family history societies. Parliamentary Archives, UK: http://archivesmapsearch.labs.parliament.uk

Selected Commercial (pay) Genealogy Sites for England and Wales. Some of these sites may include information for Ireland and Scotland as well. Some may include free information and free searches.

Connected Histories, search through a number of website holdings including  British History Online, British Museum Images, Charles Booth Archive, Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835, Convict Transportation Registers Database,  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments Online,  John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, John Strype’s Survey of London Online,  London Lives 1690-1800, Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets, Origins.net,  The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913. Incudes research guides including one for Family History:  http://www.connectedhistories.org

England’s Immigrants 1330-1550, Arts and Humanities Research Council: http://www.englandsimmigrants.com/
“England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 – Resident Aliens in the Later Middle Ages”, video of talk by Dr Bart Lambert, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YdVCl34iLg&feature=youtu.be

One-Step Webpages, Stephen P. Morse, search tool for 1841-1901 UK census: http://stevemorse.org

The Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org

Executions in England from 1606:http://www.fred.net/jefalvey/execute.html

Roy Stockdill’s ‘Famous Family Trees’ blog, Find My Past: http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/category/famous-family-trees

A Millennium of Records by Roy Stockdill, a timeline showing dates important records introduced, along with a list of useful books. From his British Columbia, Canada tour, 2002. British-Genealogy.com: http://www.british-genealogy.com/resources-and-guides/seminal-dates.php

Research Tools, Census schedules and listings, 1801 – 1831: an introduction and guide by Richard Wall, Matthew Woollard and Beatrice Moring, University of Essex (.pdf format): http://www.essex.ac.uk/history/documents/research/RT2_Wall_2012.pdf

Census guide, 1841 on, National Archives of the UK: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/census-returns.htm

1910 Valuation Office Survey

“The largest valuation since Domesday” by Philippa McCray, Family Tree Magazine, January 2010, pp. 13-16. BCGS Library call # 942 FT V26#3 01’10

Valuation Office Survey, Land Value and Ownership, 1910-1915, National Archives of the UK: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/valuation-office-survey-land-value-ownership-1910-1915/

Historic Property Taxation and Valuation in Britain and Ireland, Researching Historic Buildings in the British Isles: http://www.buildinghistory.org/taxation.shtml

1910 Land Tax Valuation Index for London, England, See Ancestry.com or Ancestry Library Edition, BCGS Library.

British Record Society, publication of indexes to hearth taxes, probate: http://www.britishrecordsociety.org

Hearth Taxes Online: http://www.hearthtax.org.uk/index.html

Introduction to Manorial Records: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ManuscriptsandSpecialCollections/ResearchGuidance/Manorial/Introduction.aspx

The Manorial Documents Register, The National Archives of the UK (TNA): http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr/default.htm

Family Deeds, transcriptions of documents, search by name or county/topic : http://www.familydeeds.org/index.php

Dr. Williams’s Library – Protestant Nonconformity research: http://dwlib.co.uk/ For nonconformist BMDs, see first The National Archives UK guide: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/nonconformists/ and records at Ancestry, FindMyPast and The Genealogist websites. The Protestant Dissenters’ Registry of Births from Dr Williams’ Library (covering 1716-1837) is available on-line.

Parliamentary Archives, UK – See the family history section and for suggestions on researching Members of Parliament, Peers and those who worked in the Commons, House of Lords, etc., see the FAQ section: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/ See also Publications section: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/

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

Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England: http://www.pubsindex.net/

ENGLISH and WELSH PLACES – to add to this list, please contact the webmaster or comment below.

United Kingdom and Ireland, on-line gazetteer, GENUKI: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Gazetteer/

England only, Interactive map,lists parishes in each county, or nearby (contiguous) counties: FamilySearch: http://maps.familysearch.org

English Counties, Parish, etc. for Genealogists, types of administrative areas, settlements. Jim Fisher: http://www.jimella.me.uk/counties.cfm

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516, outlines 2,400 places, 2,600 markets, 3,000 fairs, indexes of persons and institutions involved. Centre for Metropolitan History: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/gaz/gazweb2.html

Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading. Archival catalogue, library, digitized photos, gardens: http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl

Rural Museums Network, United Kingdom: http://ruralmuseums.ssndevelopment.org/”>http://ruralmuseums.ssndevelopment.org

Coldingham parish, Berwickshire – one place study. Indexes, lookups, blog. Vivienne Dunstan: http://www.vivdunstan.co.uk/coldingham-ops.html

Cotswolds parish churches, genealogy and researchers’ interests:http://members.shaw.ca/panthers1/tayfam.html


White Rose Genealogy, Holme Valley Families & index to use of West Yorkshire non-conformist index for use with Ancestry databases, Peter Sandford: http://www.familiesrevealed.com/

West Yorkshire Archive Service: www.wyjs.org.uk/archives-kirklees.asp‎

Huddersfield & District FHS: www.hdfhs.org.uk/

Huddersfield Local History Society: http://huddersfieldhistory.wordpress.com/research-resources/

St. Mary’s Church, Honley, Yorkshire, cemetery inscriptions by Glynn Burhouse: http://honleystmary.btck.co.uk/CemeteryInscriptions

Colne Valley (Huddersfield area), Yorkshire, Steve Whitwam’s Family History site: http://www.whitwam.freeserve.co.uk/intro.htm

Bradford World War I, Yorkshire, includes a name index from many sources, including newspapers, but also council minutes, or employment (including police) or relief records. Kathryn Hughes: http://www.bradfordww1.co.uk

Sheffield Indexershttp://www.sheffieldindexers.com/AboutIndex.html


London, genealogical resources, GENUKI: http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA): https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/search.aspx Some 20 million parish records from LMA are on Ancestry.

ParishRegister.com (Docklands Ancestors), London parish registers, Watermen and Lighterman: http://parishregister.com

London Old Maps: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~genmaps/genfiles/COU_Pages/ENG_pages/lon.htm

LondonRoll or ROLLCO, records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies, 1400 – 1900: http://www.londonroll.org

London Surname List, Hugh Winters: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~hughw/london.html

Lost Hospitals of London – to 1948: http://www.ezitis.myzen.co.uk/index.html

Bedlam Burial Ground, reconstructed burial register, searchable: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/sustainability/archaeology/bedlam-burial-ground-register