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Useful links for family history research

General sites
Step one: Get the GRO reference: Year, Quarter, District, Volume number and Page number:
FreeBMD - births, marriages and deaths records (UK) - GRO ref for free - As above but full, official but pay to view.
Step two: Use the GRO reference to apply for the certificate online: - order certificates online when you have the reference
The Births, Marriages and Deaths certificate exchange - you might strike lucky!
1901 census online (free to search, details cost)
The Leeds Indexers - how to best use the 1901 census without wasting cash!
1881 census online (free!) - 1841,1851,1861,1871,1891 censuses for free (incomplete)


LostCousins - Click on the banner below to input your 1881 ancestors and await contact from others with the same ancestors!

International Genealogical Index
Ancestry - the no.1 source for family history online - UK portal - USA/Rest of the world portal
Rootsweb - the oldest and most comprehensive genealogy website
Cyndi's list (enormous website full of links for the family historian)
The Guild of One Name Studies - is your name being researched by someone in detail?
GenesConnected (the sister site to Friends Reunited)
The National Archives at the Public Records Office
Opening hours of the Public Records office at Kew
Genuki - UK and Ireland Genealogy
Family history websites - a general list
Find A Grave (best if you have famous ancestors, but worth a try!)
Commissary Court of London Will Abstracts
Yahoo's list of genealogy personal webpages - lineages and surnames
MyCinnamonToast: a huge index of links to genealogy web sites and databases
ABEBooks - for old, second-hand or out-of-print books
British History online
Parish Chest - family history and genealogy store

Theatrical resources - was your ancestor in the theatre?
Theatrical collections and memorabilia
Theatre UK Mailing list - including links
Backstage: find and search performing arts collections in the UK

Military connections

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Information about soldier's equipment 1910-1939
An Internet History of the Great War
The World War 1 Document Archive
Fallen Heroes

Victorian Britain

Victorian London A-Z street index for genealogists
Victorian Dictionary - The Social History of Victorian London
The National Archives - Victorian Britain
Charles Booth's poverty maps - classification of streets


Ramsbury homepage

Scotland's people - for online access to BMD details


Webb one name study site

India connections

Family History in India
National Archives of India

Spain connections

Spain genealogy links (in English)
Genealogia Española (in Spanish)
Andalucía connections (in Spanish)

Gibraltar connections

Gibraltar Genealogy

Australia Connections

Gateway page to Online AUSNZ Passenger Lists

The Cadbury connection

Archives of Cadbury family papers
Cadbury history - an Australian site