Very long and growing list of very useful websites
The list was originally posted on a news group but I have spent some time reviewing the sites and adding many new ones. If you gave a suggestion please email me.
Please note that all links open a new window.
- [1871 CANADA CENSUS - ONTARIO]
Searchable database of Heads of Households
- [DECIPHERING OLD HANDWRITING]
Not only have our words and their meanings changed throughout the years, the way we form the letters have too. This site will give you some insight when reading old documents
- [UK SCHOOLS HISTORY SITE]
Useful site listing 100's of Schools in the UK including closed schools.
- [IDEA'S FOR PRESENTS]
This site has a range of Comical Family Tree products ideal for anyone with ancestors
- [POUND - MONEY TRANSLATOR OLD-NEW OR NEW-OLD]
Comparing the purchasing power of money in the Great Britain from 1264
- [DOLLAR - MONEY TRANSLATOR]
Comparing the purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1665
- [FreeBMD BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS]
FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.
- [19TH CENTURY UK CENSUS]
U.K. Census data available free. Trace your ancestors from 1841 to 1891?
- [Surname Resources]
List of Surnames at ROOTSWEB
- [BARBARA'S England & Wales BMD Registration Certificate Tutorials]
These Web Pages have been written by someone with lots of experience of birth, death and marriage registration in England and Wales.
- Kevin Aspin's Military History Resources
various materials and lists that may be of interest to the Victorian military historian and researcher
- [BIRTH DATE CALCULATOR]
calculate the birth date when the age at death and the date of death are the only facts known or just use a calculator type in the year of death and minus the age at death.
- [WORLDWIDE OBITUARIES]
Large Archive of Obituaries (mainly USA and Canada) with hundreds of thousands to search through!
- [500,000 UK & IRELAND RECORDS]
47039 distinct surnames at ROOTSWEB
- [PARTS OF 1851 CENSUS]
This site contains only partial data but does give all the facts needed on those families listed and shows name, age, marital status, occupation, abode, town and county of birth
- [Birth, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales from 1837]
1837 Online Contains an entire copy of the indexes of Birth, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2002
If your Ancestor was a soldier of the Great War 1914-1918? This site will help guide you with detailed hints and knowledgeable guidance
- [The English strand of the UK Archive database]
This site contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.
It is estimated that there are around 28 million people in the world who can claim Scots ancestry, perhaps you are one of them? This site will let you search for a surname and then pinpoint where in Scotland they lived.
This site is trying to build up a list of residents throughout the history of 100's of villages. You may find other branches of your family tree.
UK & Ireland Parish and Probate Records, England & Wales Civil Registration, Pallot Marriage Index, Irish Immigrants: very useful resource part of ancestry.com
- [SOLDIERS MEMORIALS]
Here is a list of memorials to fallen soldiers
- [Archive books on CD]
The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians.
- [Easy Google Search]
Easy Google Genealogy Searcher Click on the "How is this Useful" to learn how each type of Google search can be used for genealogy. Learn the Google tricks to search for surname websites, search for definitions (even for old-fashioned words). Google calculator (converts terms found in old wills i.e. rod) Search by location (current US) for cemeteries, churches by denomination, historical societies, libraries) Search for images (photos of ancestor, images of documents (wills, military papers), tombstones, ancestral hometown, immigration ship.)
- www.b4usearch.co.uk [FREE ELECTORAL ROLL SEARCH]
- www.bl.uk/catalogues/newspapers.html [OLD NEWSPAPERS]
- www.bt.com [UK PHONE DIRECTORY]
- www.cemsearch.co.uk [CEMETERIES]
- www.censusfinder.com/ [CENSUS]
- www.chapelbooks.co.uk [BOOKS, DEEDS, ETC FOR SALE]
- www.col.statistics.gov.uk [ORDER CERTS ONLINE]
- www.cotswoldedge.org.uk [GLOUCESTERSHIRE/COTSWOLDS]
- www.cmcrp.net/Wicklow/Wicklcen1.htm [IRISH RELATIVES]
- [MARRIAGE ENTRIES]
This is the definitive lists site containing over 200,000 genealogy related links
From Columbus to Sinatra, 500 years of the Italian-American genealogy. This site has many lists not available elsewhere including ships lists and many other useful genealogical databases
This site has 100's of old photographs which people have posted trying to locate relatives "WORTH A LOOK"
- [INCLUDES BREAKDOWN OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE]
- [SHIPS MANIFESTS ENTERING ELLIS ISLAND NEW YORK 1892-1924]
- [MODIFIED FORMS FOR SEARCHING ELLIS ISLAND LIST]
- www.eolfhs.org.uk [EAST OF LONDON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY]
- www.exresidents.co.uk [HOMES WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS LIVED]
- www.familia.org.uk [GUIDE TO RESOURCES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES]
- www.familysearch.org [FREE GENEALOGY INFORMATION]
- [INFO ON FAMILY RECORDS CENTRE]
- [General BMD Register office for the UK NEW SITE]
- www.ffhs.org.uk/general/help/strays.htm [MISSING RELATIVES]
- www.findachurch.co.uk [CEMETERIES/CHURCHES]
- www.fleggisland.co.uk [EAST AND WEST FLEGG – NORFOLK]
- www.framland.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ [CEMETERIES/CHURCHES]
- www.freebiersclub.co.uk [FREE FAMILY TREE SOFTWARE]
- [GENEALOGY TERMS AND LONDON BASED INFO]
- www.genealogy.demon.co.uk [S&N GENEALOGY SUPPLIES]
- www.genealogy.co.za/downloads.html [SOUTH AFRICA]
- www.genealogy.org.uk [FREE ONLINE DATABASE]
- www.genealogyhelp.co.uk [SOMERSET]
- www.genealogyprinters.com [CHARTS FOR SALE]
- www.genealogysupplies.com/ [CD SITE]
- www.gengateway.com [SALFORD MANCHESTER]
- www.georgespub.co.uk [MARRIAGE WITNESS DATABASE]
- [WAR RELATED MEMORABILIA IN HERTFORD]
- www.historicaldirectories.org [TRADE DIRECTORIES]
- www.hmc.gov.uk [HISTORIC MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION]
- [SOUTH AFRICA]
- www.hunimex.com/warwick [PICKARD'S PINK PAGES]
- www.immigrantships.net [SHIP LISTS]
- www.interment.net [CEMETERY'S, BURIALS AND INSCRIPTIONS]
- [Jewishgen Discussion group]
- [US-BASED SITE - SOME UK INFO - FREE FOR A MONTH]
- www.lancslist.com/ [LANCASHIRE ANCESTORS]
- www.leodis.org/ [LEEDS]
- www.lib.sun.ac.za/roh/roh.exe? [BOER WAR ROLL OF HONOUR]
- [20,000 NAMES FROM 1850 -1920 PRESS CUTTINGS]
- [Lincolnshire Convict Archive]
- www.locatefirst.com/uk/ [ELECTORAL ROLL]
- [MANCHESTER PARISH REGISTER AND ARCHIVES ORDER SERVICE]
- www.mawer.clara.net/history.html [SUGAR/COTTON MILLS]
- www.mawer.clara.net/webaddresses.htm [USEFUL WEB LINKS]
- [SCOTTISH WEBSITES]
- [LOST LONDON STREETS]
- [ANCESTORS WHO DIED WHILST SERVING FOR THE MET]
- www.nls.uk/maps/index.html [OLD SCOTTISH MAPS]
- www.monmouth.com/~sorourke/disease.htm [CAUSES OF DEATH]
- www.motco.com/map [LONDON MAPS]
- www.old-maps.co.uk/ [MAPS]
- www.parishchest.com [NORTHERN SITE]
- [WATERMEN & LIGHTERMEN ANCESTORS]
- [CAUSES OF DEATH]
- [LANCASHIRE ONLINE PARISH CLERK]
- www.photolondon.org.uk [OLD PHOTOS]
- www.pubhistorysociety.co.uk [PUB HISTORY'S]
- [SURNAME NAVIGATOR]
- [GLOUCESTER & SOUTH WARKS 1851 CENSUS]
- www.salfordroots.com [SALFORD MANCHESTER]
- www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [SCOTTISH BMD]
- www.scottishdocuments.com [SCOTTISH WILLS]
- www.sfhs.org.uk [SHROPSHIRE]
- www.softley.demon.co.uk www.sog.org.uk
- www.south-norfolk.gov.uk [NORFOLK MAPS]
- [WEBSITES MENTIONED IN THE GENEALOGISTS]
- www.stepping-stones.co.uk/ [CD SITE]
- www.streetmap.co.uk/ [MAPS]
- www.talksileby.tk [SILEBY LEICESTERSHIRE]
- [SOME CHESHIRE CEMETERIES]
- [CANADIAN RELATIVES]
- www.thegenealogyclub.co.uk [ONLINE MAGAZINE]
- www.tngenweb.org/franklin/frannick.htm [NICKNAMES]
- [OLD PHOTOS OF WEST YORKSHIRE]
- www.victorianlondon.org [OLD LONDON MAPS]
- www.warlinks.com could be .co.uk or.org [WW2 SITE]
- www.wirksworth.org.uk/census.htm [DERBYSHIRE]
- www.wirksworth.org.uk/Menu.htm [DERBYSHIRE]
- www.yorkshireparishregisters.com/ [YORKSHIRE]
- [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]
The LDS was founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their family history, today the majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1920. Records have been recorded in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.
- [Russian Surname Finder]
This site does searches for Russian names on several different databases.
- [Argentinean Surname Finder]
- http://www.bh.org.il/ [Jewish Family trees]
- http://www.hias.org [Jewish US Assistance org]
- http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/ [Canadian Archive]
- [JGS Quebec Vital Documents]
- [Source for UK wills pre 1858]
- [South African Archives]
- [1901 UK census]
Census information for the UK Dates of Census, Years etc
- [Street index of Warsaw, Poland]
- [Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page]
- [French genealoj site]
- [English - Yiddish translation]
- [Kew Public Records Office]
UK Public Records Office
- [Czestochowa-Radmsko area Poland]
- [Forgotten New York article on Mt Zion Cemetery in New York]
- [How to research a WW1 soldier]
- [British Jewry]
This site is a useful resource if you are tracing family members that settled in the UK the regulars here are very knowledgeable and helpful with enquiries relating to British Jewery.
- [Jewishgen - Jewish Genealogy]
Best site for Jewish Genealogy
- [JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry]
This site contains the records of 100's of jewish cemeteries worldwide
- [JRI-Poland Jewish Record Indexing Poland]
Jewish record Indexing for Poland, Vital documents over 100 years old.
- [Polish State Archive]
Polish Vital records over 100 years old. Order BMD records online.
- [UK BDM Exchange]
Copies of 100's of certificates online, Look here to see if the certificate you are looking for is available.
- [YIVO Home Page]
Founded in 1925 in Wilno, Poland, YIVO is an acronym for Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut - Yiddish Scientific Institute. Here is one of the greatest archives on Eastern European Jewry.
- [YIVO Institute for Jewish Research]
People of a Thousand Towns: The Online Catalogue of Photographs of Jewish Life in Pre-war Eastern Europe
- [National Archives and Records Administration]
Here you will find a simple description of what the Soundex Indexing System is and it's rules
Did your ancestors immigrate by ship? this handy site lists passenger lists some online
It is a searchable database put together by a Polish NGO called Karta. It contains the names and a few vital details of Poles and other Polish Citizens (ie Jews) detained by the Soviets in the 1940's, after the Soviets invaded the western half of Poland. It is based on information recently released from Soviet archives. The database includes many who were later were in Ander's Army. if your polish is not good try using % as a wildcard.
nazwisko - Last Name
imie - First Name
imie ojca - Father's First Name
data urodzenia - Date of Birth
Kategorja - Category of Repression
other useful terms:
Shukaj = Find
Wyczysc = Reset
proste = Simple
zaawansowane = Advanced
wyniki = Results
szczegoly = Details
pomoc = Help (in Polish)
wyszukiwanie = search
Very useful site with links to many UK resources
- Lists of Surname websites at YAHOO
[Check yahoo for 1000's of websites dedicated to a single surname.]
- [A-Z of BRITISH GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH by Dr Ashton Emery]
A concise guide to researching British ancestry both locally and at a distance.
This is a useful FREE site that has lots of news lists and helpful links. It also has an extensive archive which is well worth a search.
- [Historical Directories]
Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.
- [Grand Duchy of Lithuania Research Project]
The Grand Duchy Research Project has and is translating documents relating to Jewish families who lived in the Grand Duchy region during the 17th and 18th centuries. Tax and census lists made in 1784 and 1765 are among the documents included in this project.
- [Free BMD for Yorkshire and LEEDS]
If you have relatives that originate from Yorkshire this Births deaths and marriage register will be of great use.
- [Interactive map of Israel]
map of Israel with You can search every city and every street in it.
When you use the first letter you can see all the cities, towns villages and kibbutzim starting with that letter.
- Lists of people who where murdered by the Nazi's at Auschwitz
Although not complete this site allows an English search on this polish website.
an online archive of genealogy records and scanned images of historical documents from a wide variety of sources, such as newspaper obituaries, city directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records, and more. In all there are more than 6 million genealogy records from over 1,500 sources online. There are no fees or memberships required
Mostly commercial online telephone directories
This site contains a list of countries. Each page contains another list of the online telephone directories for the providers in that country.
- South African White pages
Several online translator/transliterating site 2 are free Polish Translation sites
Hebrew date converter
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. This data base uses the partially preserved Death Books (Sterbebücher) of Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoners. The 46 volumes of political department (camp Gestapo) record the deaths of almost 69,000 prisoners who were registered in the camp and who died between July 29, 1941 and December 31, 1943. Their names have been entered in the data base.
Sites still to be reviewed
New York City Department of Records and Information Services:
New York City Department of Health vital records:
South African Genealogy FAQ
GENEALOGY AND THE INTERNET by Bruce Kahn
Really useful page of links
Did one of your relatives die in an American war?
Maps of Russia
You may find the following site helpful as it gives a transliteration of
the Cyrillic alphabet to Latin letters.
This is a MUST read site for anyone tracing their roots
American Historical Society of Germans From Russia
Swedish telephone book. The page is in Swedish but not so difficult to understand and use.
Origin of names
THIS IS AN EXPANDING LIST
This list will be updated regularly last update on 07 January, 2005 11:15:53 the date will update each time a new site is added