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Genealogy and other useful sites

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All are derived from our favourites list and therefore simply indicate some of our reference points. If you cannot find what you want on our list try Cyndi's comprehensive listing.


Sources of information on people and names

Key Online Sources with UK information
  New to genealogy?   Look at sites with * first
LDS Database

parish registers etc.

* 1880/1 Census USA / UK / Canada * FreeCEN 

free census

* LDS IGI by UK County/Parish * FreeBMD Project

UK births,deaths & marriages from 1837 (a growing database)

* UKbmd  many links



United Kingdom & Ireland good for places

* Information on Places
Public Record Office Online    wills etc Search GENUKI United Kingdom & Ireland * Location of Streets, Towns and Villages
Probate Offices Family History Online 

PAYSITE with free information

Parish Locator (church database)
  * Census for England 1871

PAYSITE some free information: registration needed

  * Census for England and Wales  1901

PAYSITE with some free information

Medieval English Genealogy
Central Criminal Court (London)  Ancestry 

BMD & Census PAYSITE - some free information

Netserf - Medieval Resources
British History Online many Welles UK archives network A2A Database England Archives in London and the M25 area
 Equity Pleadings Database (UK PRO) UK National Register of Archives Collections Wales
 Surname Lists British Isles Manorial Documents for England & Wales Archives Hub
Historical UK Directories (1)   Archives Network Wales
 National Archives The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

London Ancestor

English & Welsh Register Offices * UK Family Records

(GRO) How to find govt. documents

UK Family Records Links Pages
Family History Societies

UK & Ireland


worldwide researchers of listed names


births,deaths & soon?

Rootsweb - Worldconnect  General Register Office: England and Wales The Peerage
Family History Societies  English Record Offices and Archives on the Web Burke's Peerage and Gentry message boards Partial St. Catherine's Marriage Index Criminals etc (1) (2) (3)
UK Genealogy Interests Directory Romany/Travellers and associated Links Yorkshire Links
GeneaSeek world Theatrical, Music Hall and associated links Document agents (1) (2) examples only
Sources of Surnames world The National Archivist (UK) PAYSITE S&N Genealogy census CDs etc
The Guild of One-Name Studies  The Country House Database UK & Ireland  
Gengateway Surname Database  Ship and Passenger Lists
Domesday Book - landowners    
   Cyndi's full UK listing
  Cyndi's finding people list (part of vast genealogy site)  
Scotland only North America / Australasia Ireland only
Genuki - Scotland * 1880/1 Census USA / UK / Canada  Genuki - Ireland
Scotlands Family * US Census - various years/states Irish Origins
General Register Office: Scotland

Ellis Island Records immigration into USA 

GRO Ireland
The Scot. Assoc. of Fam. Hist. Socs. Special US Collections (Early) Irish Family Research
Scottish Emigration Database   Irish Genealogy
Scotlands Clans Canadian 1901 Census National Archives of Ireland
Scottish Heraldry Canadian National Archives  
Scottish Archive Network

Canadian Genealogy and History



Scots Origins National Archives of Australia
Ancestry  some free information New South Wales BMD
Free Index to Wills but register first Care Leavers of Australia Network


Our Scotland site - Armadale New Zealand Society of Genealogists


Cyndi's Links: Scotland  Cyndi's Links: USA Canada Australia New Zealand Cyndi's Links: Ireland


General search engines

Google is used by many as a standard, however, here is a list of Worldwide Web Search Engines (1) or search by topic: Virtual Search Engines



General sources of information

Online Dictionaries, Glossaries and Encyclopedias Universities worldwide Refdesk
British Library see links at foot of page The Internet Public library  
Worldwide TV & Radio and Newspapers (1)  (2)  (3)  Cyndi's genealogy media list  
Online Newspapers (world) The Virtual Library Reuters
World telephone directories (1) and UK (2)   Radio
U.K. government , tourist and university sites can

often be useful sources

DMOZ Open Directory Project    
Friends Reunited UK schools etc    
UK Electoral Roll (2000AD) 50 million names (pay site)    
UK postal rates    



Set up a web page

The easiest way to set up a free webpage or small website is to register (i.e. give your e-mail address and pick a user-name and password) with a site like Freewebs (see other free pages )and use one of their professional-looking webpage templates (like filling out a form). It is that simple.

If you choose a user-name with Freewebs like 'Barbauchlaw'!! for example, your website will be called\barbauchlaw For most people, at least initially, this should be OK. But, if you have a business or club etc, you may wish to have your own domain name. So you would have your business name followed by .com , , , etc. For example, see

Many of these free website hosts, like Freewebs, post adverts on your website. This can be intrusive and inappropriate. You can pay for having your website hosted without adverts, see HERE for example. However, normally, the best choice is to use your internet service provider (ISP) as your free host.

With a word processor like Word, or the free AbiWord, simply type out your first page and use the 'save as' option to give the page the title 'index' and save the page as a 'webpage' (some programs may say 'save as HTML' instead of webpage). Then upload the page to your ISP (see FTP program below) or Freewebs etc. 

This site uses tables, as found in most word processors, to format the pages.

KompoZer Free dedicated wysiwyg html (webpage) editor

AbiWord Free word processor with 'save as HTML' feature

OpenOffice Free office suite with wysiwyg editor for setting up a website (very large download). Also available Here

FileZilla or Core FTP Lite Free FTP programs to upload webpages to the internet (eg to your internet service provider)

Google Sites


Family home pages (For your family history webpage - Free)


Other Free pages

If you develop a large website and want more services and efficient technical support you may want to buy webspace from an organisation like Ware Welch Web Hosting, for example.

Other UK broadband providers


Free software links

Freeware - updated Feb 2007

The Best 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Microsoft


Family History Software

Free LDS Genealogy Software Personal Ancestral File - Excellent free program for recording your family history etc

Cyndi's genealogy software and computer list



Webopedia Computer and Internet reference



Family trees and Gedcoms

There are links to other researchers and pedigree files available at:

Ancestry World Tree



Relationship chart and a Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit


Digital imaging and computer supplies

ePHOTOzine: equipment and techniques

Digital Camera Review also links to Digital Camera Resource Page,

Steves Digicams (reviews) and Imaging-Resource: cameras, printers, scanners etc.

Will your printer ink and paper stand the test of time? see:

Some online discount stores (mainly UK):

Computing/Computer Systems: ebuyer , Scan , Aria

Cameras: DigitalFirst , CamerasDirect , InternetCamerasDirect , Askdirect , EquipmentExpress , BestCameras , Buyacamera

Digital media: ebuyer , MX2 , Photoglossy , 7DayShop







National Library for Health (NHS - UK)

Biomed Search

Other Online Medical Libraries


Medical Resources

Medical conditions

Clinical Guidance Intranet

Cyndi's medical list

Medical Supplies

Medical Equipment Stores

Visual Aids

(An illustrative guide to what is available online.In the UK some products are available to visually impaired individuals through the NHS. Compare prices with other sites - there is a wide variation)

Reading Specs (1) which include prescription specs and (2)   (or see USA discount site )

Prescription Specs (1)  and for bi-focals and variofocals see (5)

Royal National Institute of the Blind

General visual aids (1) (2)