National Archives and Other Genealogy Sites

1911 Census Online

The site is a pay per view site in partnership between FindMyPast and The National Archives.

Ancestor Search

This site provides guidance on WHERE to find information on your English and Welsh ancestors. It aims to provide all the basic links for those tracing their English and Welsh ancestors, and to describe the main sources of information in clear understandable terms.

Ancient Faces

Contains thousands of old photo's, family stories, documents and other personal items that would have been passed down in masses of different families. The site provides access to a mass of resources that family historians would not otherwise know of.

Aldershot Library Military Collection

This resource that will be of interest to researchers whose ancestors served in the British Army. The Military Collection at Aldershot Public Library numbers nearly 20,000 books, of which approximately 18,500 are available for loan, either directly from the library itself or through the inter-library loan system at your local public library. The Collection includes a run of Army Lists, the earliest of which dates back to 1740, and several regimental histories giving a wealth of detail about the regiment's service, particularly during periods of conflict. They also have the facility to search the 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' and the 'Army Roll of Honour - World War II' databases and print out the Scrolls of Remembrance for individual soldiers who died in either of those wars.

Simply e-mail them as many details as you have of the person you are researching (name, regiment, date of death, service number), and they can send you a facsimile reprint of the appropriate Scroll, printed on quality paper. There is a charge of £1.50 per printed Scroll.

Black Sheep Index

Containing over 500,000 reference to men and women who served in WWI and lists many photos, as well stories of RN and MN Ships, RAF Squadrons and Army Regiments. Searches of over 500,000 Black Sheep and Police 1860-1920 and WWII.

British Library

The British Library holds a collection of 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and so much more.

Charles Booth's London Street Surveys and Maps

A survey carried out by Charles Booth's associates who accompanied beat policeman in the 19th century and very early in the 20th Century. Maps are colour-coded according to the level of affluence or poverty.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commission was established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware. You can search their full database on-line.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Huge list of worldwide genealogical sources on the web.

Directory of Royal Genealogical Data

This site has a database containing the genealogy of the British Royal family and those linked to it via blood or marriage relationships. It contains, in fact, the genealogy of almost every ruling house in the western world because of the intermarriage that took place between them at some time or another. There are in excess of 30,000 individuals from the earliest times to the present in the database. The date spread of the records is available for those interested, as well as statistics on the ten most popular monarchs, and the most prolific readers top 10.

The data may be browsed in several different ways. You can select indexes of the data that are ordered alphabetically, by dates, by ruling house or title or by some search string you specify. When you have located individuals you can then follow links to their most immediate family such as parents, spouse or children. You may also be able to follow links that lead to further data about a person held in this database or others (even at other sites), or further information such as a picture or sound recording.


This is the public "web-site" of the Family & Community Historical Research Society open to all members and non members alike. You are welcome to explore this web site! The Members Community, that contains specific project & research information is for subscribing FACHRS members.

The purpose of the society is to promote and communicate research in family & community history within a scholarly framework, with particular emphasis on the contribution of locally based and micro studies to the understanding of the wider picture (and vice versa).

You are welcome to explore this domain that embraces research topics such as Victorian social history, migration, Victorian social classes & history, local history projects, research projects for pre - Victorian England, plus many more aspects of UK 18th, 19th & 20th century family & community history research.

Family BMD

Making family history research easier - helping you to trace your roots.

Family Tree Magazine

The website of the publisher of Family Tree Magazine, and Practical Family History.

Family Tree Resources

The site to find information about different resources available to help you with your family tree research in England and Wales.

You will find information that will help and guide you in your own research, starting with how you first begin your journey into the past, and obtaining a birth, marriage or death certificate using the GRO Index. The site covers a large number of resources and is well worth consulting and adding to your favourites.

Federation of Family History Societies

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide.

Its principal aims are: to co-ordinate and assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual co-operation and collaborative projects to help researches; and to represent the interests of our members, and family historians generally, especially in the preservation and availability of archival documents.

To find your nearest Family History Society or one covering your area of research you can consult their list of Family History Societies.

They also have a "Really Useful Information Leaflet" available to download.

Federation of Family History Societies GENfair Online Bookshop - HGS Pages

Hampshire Genealogical Society Publications on CD and in book form together with membership are available from here.

UK Genealogy Interests Directory

"The UK Genealogy Interests Directory" is a Family History site that allows a researcher to contact other people who are researching the same surnames in the UK or Ireland.

GENUKI - Genealogy for the UK and Ireland

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the world's leading organisation for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple).


Hospital Records Database. The joint Wellcome and PRO Database of over 2,800 entries to be searched by name and town. For records held in County Record Offices or held by Health Authority archivists - the database identifies what administrative and clinical records survive for which date span, where they are held and what finding aids are available.

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The newly opened Jersey Archive produce a catalogue of their holdings, (it can be seen on the Jersey Heritage Trust Website). It will be updated every 3 months

London Ancestors'

Has its own search engine and despite its name doesn't just cover London!

Marriage Records new

Aims to be a comprehensive source for marriage records, certificates and the history of marriage.

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum comprises three sites: the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and the Queen's House. Together these constitute one museum working to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.

Naval History

The site now has complete Royal Navy and Royal Marine casualty lists from pre-1914 to 2008, including both World Wars, listed both alphabetically and chronologically by ship.

By including the inter-war and post-war years, providing background information and allowing for the addition of photographs of those lost, these pages offer a valuable complement to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site

There is also considerable supporting information on battles, actions, convoys, warships, merchant ships and ship losses on the site.

Parish Register Transcript Society

The Parish Register Transcription Society was formed in April 1999, with the aim of publishing transcripts of Parish Registers and/or other manuscripts/records of use to researchers in family history. The Society has no particular ties to any county, and will consider publishing any suitable material which is of genealogical interest. The Society consists of a very small group of volunteer transcribers who donate their work for publication. As a non-profit making organisation, all proceeds from the sale of published material is used to fund further transcription and publication projects.

Portsmouth Historic Ships

Visit the world famous historic ships at the home of the Royal Navy. Go aboard HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and see the Mary Rose for the best day out in the South of England.

Portsmouth Harbour’s leading attraction also includes the Royal Naval Museum, Action Stations and Harbour Tours.

The Historic Dockyard is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings.

The National Archives

The National Archives is the official archive of the UK Government. We help government departments manage their information more effectively and promote the re-use of public sector information. This work helps inform today's decisions and ensures that they become tomorrow's permanent record.

We also lead on developing cutting edge preservation techniques for records of any format, from parchment to digital, and advise others on the care of archives.

We hold over ten million records - from Domesday Book to the most recent government papers. Whatever your research interests, whether professional, academic or personal, we have documents that will bring you closer to history as it happened.

Romany & Traveller FHS

A non-political non-profit making self help group by Alan McGowan. The group is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

The Romany & Traveller Family History Society are a group of over 600 keen family historians with a special interest in their British Gypsy and Traveller roots.

The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts

From this page you can access:

  • The indexes to the National Register of Archives (NRA) containing information about collections of manuscript sources for British history.
  • ARCHON, the UK Archival Gateway
  • The Manorial Documents Register (MDR), a register of English and Welsh manorial documents, partly available on-line.
  • Information about the Commission, its advisory services, and electronic and hard-copy publications
  • Also, newly available, is the Artists' Papers Register, hosted by the Commission.
The Royal Observer Corps Museum

The Royal Observer Corps Museum is the national Museum of the ROC and has an unrivalled collection of photographs, documents, records, equipment, artifacts and memorabilia covering the history of the ROC from its formation in 1925 until final standdown in 1995.

The ROC Museum is now in possession of the official service record cards for past members and operates a Search Service for those wishing to research former members (subject to a valid reason). It also has the complete official index of holders of the ROC Medal. Download the search form from their website and complete as much detail as possible. There is an administration charge of £10 for each search. This is waived for next-of-kin enquiries.

Scots Origins

Scottish records fully on-line

Society of Genealogists

The main site of the SOG

SOG Online

The first online databases of records are now available from the SOG

Victorian Military Society

The Victorian Military Society (VMS) was founded in 1974, by the late John Crouch RIBA, to foster interest in the military aspects of the Victorian period. This was later extended to include the campaigns of the early part of the twentieth centry. The dates of study are 1837 to 1914.

The society is principally concerned with the forces of the British Empire and its adversaries, but does not exclude other armies. Research is encouraged and the results of this, together with items of interest are published in their quarterly journal, Soldiers of the Queen. In addition, matters of immediate interest are circulated in their newsletter, the Soldier's Small Book.


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