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This site provides guidance on WHERE to find information on your English and Welsh ancestors

Where to Start

      If you are a new to tracing your English and/or Welsh ancestors then you are well advised to look at this section first. It provides a methodical step-by-step approach to successfully tracing the English and Welsh side of your family tree.
Organise Yourself
      Courses for Beginners
      Courses for Experienced Family Historians
      Family History Fairs Calendar
      Genealogy Talks
      Planning Archive Visits
      Photographing Documents
      Topics related to improving the effectiveness of your family history research.
Sources of Information
      General Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths
      Census Returns
      International Genealogical Index (IGI)
      National Burial Index
      Parish Registers
      Wills and Other Probate Documents
      Other Sources
      This section describes the main sources of information for family historians tracing their English and Welsh pedigree. For each source it details where to access it and how to use it. In addition to the key sources this section also covers Criminal Records, Education Records, Electoral Registers, Manorial Records, Migration Records, Military Records, Newspapers, Non Parochial Registers, Occupational Records and Trade, Telephone and Professional Directories (see Other Sources).
Researching from Home
      Internet Sources
      Subscription Sites
      CD Publications
      Microfilm & Microfiche
      Copy Documents
      This section details the rapidly growing body of genealogical information that can readily be accessed in the comfort of your own home. In addition to the wealth of information available over the internet this section also covers family history information available on CD-ROMs, microfiche and in books.
Local Centres of Information
      Record Offices
      Local Studies Centres
      LDS Family History Centres
      Family History Societies
      Local History Societies
      This section details county and other locally based repositories of genealogical information. On a county-by-county basis it provides contact details for the local Record Offices, the principal council run Local Studies Centres, the local Family History Societies and the Local History Societies. For each Record Office it indicates the area covered if there is more than one office within the county (very pertinent in the case of Yorkshire!) and provides a breakdown of the level of information held on the Record Office's web site. This section also includes a page on the 80 plus Family History Centres spread across England and Wales. These local centres are effectively branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and as such provide access to worldwide genealogical information including a wealth of information specific to England and Wales.
National Centres of Information
      Street Map of Archives in Central London
      National Archives
      Probate Registry
      National Libraries
      Principal Societies
      Special Interest Societies
      For each of the key national repositories of genealogical information in England and Wales (National Archives, Probate Registry, British Library, National Library of Wales, Society of Genealogists, Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies), this section describes the main categories of information held, services provided and contact/access details. It also provides contact details for the Federation of Family History Societies and for special interest family history societies (occupational, Catholic, Jewish, nonconformist, etc.).
International Centres of Information
      Single Surname Sites
      Societies in Australia
      Societies in New Zealand
      Societies in South Africa
      This section currently provides links to single surname web sites for English and Welsh surnames starting A to N plus family history societies in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
General Information
      Site Objectives
      About Us
      This is a "catch-all" section for information that does not naturally fit into any of the other sections on the site.
Site last updated: 6 December 2016
Site last checked for broken links: 30 August 2014
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