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=== ENGLISH RESOURCES ===
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=== English Resources ===
  
Information about England and its genealogical records.<br>
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Information about England and its genealogical records.<br>  
  
*wiki.familysearch.org This site is being built and continually added to by the genealogical community. Always new information being added to help with any form of genealogical and family research.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page wiki.familysearch.org ]This site is being built and continually added to by the genealogical community. Always new information being added to help with any form of genealogical and family research.  
*www.genuki.org.uk Provides various links to research websites for England
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/ www.genuki.org.uk] Provides various links to research websites for the British Isles
*www.cyndislist.com (Great links to online English research)
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/ www.cyndislist.com] (Great links to online English research)  
*http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~origins/enggene.htm A vast collection of England genealogy websites
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*[http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~origins/enggene.htm England Genealogy Websites]&nbsp;A vast collection of England genealogy websites  
*Forums.familysearch.org Submit research problems or questions online and receive research suggestions and tips from experts all over the world.  
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/newfamilyhistoryengland/home England Online Links]&nbsp;Family History Online Links for England
*www.a2a.org.uk Search for records in county archives throughout England<br><br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/index.php Forums.familysearch.org] Submit research problems or questions online and receive research suggestions and tips from experts all over the world.  
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/ www.a2a.org.uk] Search for records in county archives throughout England
  
=== CHURCH RECORDS ===
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=== Church Records ===
  
 
Baptismal, marriage, &amp; burial records<br><br>'''Church of England (Anglican)''''''<br>''  
 
Baptismal, marriage, &amp; burial records<br><br>'''Church of England (Anglican)''''''<br>''  
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*[http://www.google.com/ www.google.com]- Just try Googling the name of the ‘county’ or ‘parish’ + ‘parish registers.’ I.e. ‘Worcestershire parish registers’ or ‘Churchill parish registers.’
 
*[http://www.google.com/ www.google.com]- Just try Googling the name of the ‘county’ or ‘parish’ + ‘parish registers.’ I.e. ‘Worcestershire parish registers’ or ‘Churchill parish registers.’
  
<br>'''Non-Conformists'''  
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'''Non-Conformists'''  
  
 
Those not belonging to the Church of England  
 
Those not belonging to the Church of England  
  
*www.familysearch.org Indexes to births/baptisms, 1620-1881; marriages 1619-1898;  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org] Indexes to births/baptisms, 1620-1881; marriages 1619-1898;  
*www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) FHL Subscription (Free indexes and images at the FHL)
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*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/user/subscriptions.php www.thegenealogist.co.uk] ($) FHL Subscription (Free indexes and images at the FHL)  
*www.bmdregisters.co.uk ($) (Indexes free)<br><br>
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*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bmdr/ www.bmdregisters.co.uk] ($) (Indexes free)
  
=== CENSUS RECORDS ===
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=== Census Records ===
  
 
(Records locating families &amp; individuals at a specific place and time)  
 
(Records locating families &amp; individuals at a specific place and time)  
  
*www.familysearch.org (free) 1841-1911 (Indexes only; images available via partner websites)  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND www.familysearch.org] (free) 1841-1911 (Indexes only; images available via partner websites)  
*www.ancestry.com ($) 1841-1911 (index &amp; images)  
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/group/ukicen/UK_Census_Collection.aspx www.ancestry.com] ($) 1841-1911 (index &amp; images)  
*www.findmypast.co.uk ($) 1841-1911 (index &amp; images)  
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys www.findmypast.co.uk] ($) 1841-1911 (index &amp; images)  
*www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) 1841-1901 (index &amp; images); 1911 (beta)  
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*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/user/subscriptions.php www.thegenealogist.co.uk] ($) 1841-1901 (index &amp; images); 1911 (beta)  
*www.britishorigins.com ($) 1841; 1861-1871; (index &amp; images)  
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*[http://www.origins.net/BritishOrigins/Search/Census/BOSearchCensus.aspx www.britishorigins.com] ($) 1841; 1861-1871; (index &amp; images)  
*www.censusfinder.com (free) transcripts of some England census records  
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*[http://www.censusfinder.com/ www.censusfinder.com] (free) transcripts of some England census records  
*www.freecen.org.uk (free) transcripts of numerous census records throughout England <br><br>
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*[http://www.freecen.org.uk/ www.freecen.org.uk] (free) transcripts of numerous census records throughout England
  
=== CIVIL REGISTRATION ===
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=== Civil Registration ===
  
(Births, marriages, and death certificates)
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Births, marriages, and death certificates  
  
*www.freebmd.org.uk July 1837-1983 (indexes from the General Registrar’s Office; not yet complete for later years; indexes only; must order certificates from England)
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*[http://freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl www.freebmd.org.uk]- &nbsp;Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales starting July 1837-1983.&nbsp;Original certificates are located at the General Registrar’s Office in London. Using the information found in the index you then must order the certificate online at [http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp www.gro.gov.uk].&nbsp;
*www.ukbmd.org.uk (indexes from the local registrar’s office)
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*[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/ www.ukbmd.org.uk]- Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales &nbsp;from July 1837-1983 at the the local registrar’s office. Select a county and then click 'County.' Not complete for all counties and some counties may not have an index to the the local registrar's office. Includes other valuable links to records as well.&nbsp;
*www.ancestry.com ($) July 1837-2006 (indexes only; must order certificates from England)
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/Places/UK/England/Default.aspx?category=34 www.ancestry.com] ($) Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales starting July 1837-1915.&nbsp;Must order certificates from England.
*www.findmypast.co.uk ($) July 1837-2006 (indexes only; must order certificates from England)
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/life-events-bmds www.findmypast.co.uk] ($)&nbsp;Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales. Must order certificates from England.
 
*www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($)  
 
*www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($)  
*www.gro.gov.uk Order the certificates online from this website.
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*[http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp www.gro.gov.uk]- Website for ordering birth, marriage, and death certificates from England and Wales.
  
=== COURT RECORDS ===
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=== Court Records ===
  
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/Places/UK/England/Default.aspx?category=36 www.ancestry.com] ($) [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1590 England &amp; Wales Criminal Registers, 1791-1892] (Quarter Sessions &amp; Assize Courts). Also includes&nbsp;[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7919 indexes to Chancery records, 1386-1558].
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk]-&nbsp;Contains a vast amount of court records which can be ordered online.
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk]- Includes an online index to the Manorial Documents Registers for Manor records.
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*[http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ www.oldbaileyonline.org.uk]- Almost 200,000 criminal trials at London’s central criminal court.
  
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=== Directories  ===
  
*www.ancestry.com ($) England &amp; Wales Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 (Quarter Sessions &amp; Assize Courts).
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Locate ancestors at a specific location and time
*www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Contains a vast amount of court records which can be ordered online. Includes an online index to the Manorial Documents Registers for Manor records.
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*www.oldbaileyonline.org.uk Almost 200,000 criminal trials at London’s central criminal court.
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/ www.genuki.org.uk]- Links to English directories
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*[http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/ www.historicaldirectories.org]- Various directories throughout England. Images of the directories are available online for free.
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*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/books/books_index.php?rec_type=Directory www.thegenealogist.co.uk]&nbsp;- Contains various directories throughout England.&nbsp;
  
=== DIRECTORIES ===
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=== LDS Sources ===
  
(Locate ancestors at a specific location and time)
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Records of 19th Century LDS converts
  
*www.genuki.org.uk Links to English directories
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch/0,15773,3966-1-2068,00.html http://lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch]&nbsp;Mormon Overland Trail, 1847-1868; list of pioneer families and individuals who migrated to Utah across the plains.
*http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/b1.asp Various directories throughout England
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*[http://dupinternational.org/ www.dupinternational.org]- Contains submitted histories, biographies, articles, pictures, etc. of pioneer ancestors
*www.thegenealogist.co.uk
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*[http://immigrants.byu.edu/ http://immigrants.byu.edu] Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating across the ocean to America.  
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*[http://histfam.familysearch.org/ http://histfam.familysearch.org] Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific time periods &amp; geographic localities around the word.
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*[http://winterquarters.byu.edu/ Winterquarters.byu.edu]- Winter Quarters Project. Includes pioneer biographies, settlements, deaths, map of Winter Quarters, etc.
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*[http://lib.byu.edu/digital/mmd/ Lib.byu.edu/digital/mmd]- LDS missionary journals kept during their missionary service
  
=== LDS SOURCES ===
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=== Military ===
  
Records of 19th Century LDS converts
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Finding information/records if an ancestor served in the British military
  
*http://lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch Mormon Overland Trail, 1847-1868; list of pioneer families and individuals who migrated to Utah across the plains.  
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm www.nationalarchives.gov.uk] The premier repository for military records in the United Kingdom. While many are now accessible online most are not and are housed at the National Archives but can be ordered online.
*www.dupinternational.org Contains submitted histories, biographies, articles, pictures, etc. of pioneer ancestors
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/default.htm http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/default.htm]-&nbsp;Information and guides on how to find military records.  
*http://immigrants.byu.edu Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating across the ocean to America.
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/our-online-records.htm http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/our-online-records.htm]- Military and other records available and accessible online through the National Archives website.  
*http://histfam.familysearch.org Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific time periods &amp; geographic localities around the word.  
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/digital-microfilm.htm http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/digital-microfilm.htm]-&nbsp;Microfilm records from the National Archives that’s been digitized and made available online for free.  
*Winterquarters.byu.edu Winter Quarters Project. Includes pioneer biographies, settlements, deaths, map of Winter Quarters, etc.  
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/armed-forces-and-conflict www.findmypast.co.uk] ($) Includes many British Military records including the [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/army-service-records/all British Army Service Records] from 1760-1915.  
*Lib.byu.edu/digital/mmd LDS missionary journals kept during their missionary service
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/Places/UK/England/Default.aspx?category=39&ldf=2 www.ancestry.com] ($) Indexes and images to many military records including British Army WWI Service and pension records.&nbsp;
  
=== MILITARY ===
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=== Newspapers ===
  
Finding information/records if an ancestor served in the military
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*[http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk] ($) (great newspaper collection)
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*[http://www.connectedhistories.org/ www.connectedhistories.org]- British Newspapers, 1600-1900
  
*www.nationalarchives.gov.uk The premier repository for military records in the United Kingdom.
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=== Miscellaneous ===
*http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/default.htm Information on how to find military records.
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*http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/our-online-records.htm Records available online through the National Archives website.
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*http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/digital-microfilm.htm Microfilm that’s been digitized and made available online for free.
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*www.findmypast.co.uk ($) Includes many British Military records
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*www.ancestry.com ($) Indexes to military records<br><br>
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=== NEWSPAPERS  ===
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*www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk ($) (great newspaper collection)
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*www.connectedhistories.org British Newspapers, 1600-1900
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=== MISCELLANEOUS ===
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND www.familysearch.org] &gt; United Kingdom and Ireland. Includes miscellaneous records such as poor law, tax assessments, probate, court, monumental inscriptions, etc. for select counties.  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND www.familysearch.org] &gt; United Kingdom and Ireland. Includes miscellaneous records such as poor law, tax assessments, probate, court, monumental inscriptions, etc. for select counties.  
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*[http://www.origins.net/ www.origins.net] Apprenticeship records
 
*[http://www.origins.net/ www.origins.net] Apprenticeship records
  
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=== Passenger Lists ===
 
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=== PASSENGER LISTS ===
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Tracing English emigrants/immigrants  
 
Tracing English emigrants/immigrants  
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*[http://immigrants.byu.edu/ immigrants.byu.edu]- Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating to America.
 
*[http://immigrants.byu.edu/ immigrants.byu.edu]- Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating to America.
  
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=== Wills / Probate ===
 
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=== WILLS / PROBATE ===
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May name spouse, children, or other family members  
 
May name spouse, children, or other family members  
  
*'''For wills pre-1858'''''':''' [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page wiki.familysearch.org] &gt; type the name of the county and then add Probate i.e. “Worcestershire Probate.” Gives step-by-step instruction on how to find a will. Click the letter of the alphabet to the parish where your ancestor died. May include links to online indexes and include the microfilm numbers to the images of wills at the Family History Library.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page wiki.familysearch.org]-&nbsp;'''For wills pre-1858.&nbsp;'''Wiki.familysearch.org&nbsp;&gt; type the name of the county and then add Probate i.e. “Worcestershire Probate.” Gives step-by-step instruction on how to find a will. Click the letter of the alphabet to the parish where your ancestor died. May include links to online indexes and includes links to the online Family History Library catalog listing&nbsp;film numbers&nbsp;for the&nbsp;wills&nbsp;on microfilm at the library and available through&nbsp;family history centers world-wide.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For wills post-1857.&nbsp; Search the library's online catalog, title search, for Principal Probate Registry.
*'''For wills post-1857'''''':''' [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1904 www.ancestry.com]&nbsp;(a direct link). Or go to the home page of Ancestry.com &gt; click Search &gt; click Card Catalog &gt; in the Keywords type National Probate. For microfilm image of the will go to wiki.familysearch.org &gt; type Principal Probate Registry. This links to microfilm numbers at the Family History Library. www.familysearch.org Kent wills online 1440-1881  
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1904 www.ancestry.com]-&nbsp;($) '''For wills post-1857'''.&nbsp;Go to Ancestry.com &gt; click on Search &gt;&nbsp;select the&nbsp;Card Catalog &gt; type in National Probate Calendar. No images provided.&nbsp;For a microfilm image of the will go to wiki.familysearch.org &gt; type Principal Probate Registry. This links to microfilm numbers at the Family History Library. www.familysearch.org Kent wills online 1440-1881  
*[http://www.origins.net/ www.origins.net ]($) Includes a National Wills Index  
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*[http://www.origins.net/ www.origins.net ]($)&nbsp;Contains a National Wills Index that includes indexes for the courts of several counties&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills-and-probate.htm www.nationalarchives.gov.uk] Index to wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury  
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills-and-probate.htm www.nationalarchives.gov.uk] Index to wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury  
 
*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/user/subscriptions.php www.thegenealogist.co.uk] ($) Index &amp; images to wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury  
 
*[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/user/subscriptions.php www.thegenealogist.co.uk] ($) Index &amp; images to wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury  
*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/probate-and-wills www.findmypast.co.uk] ($) Includes transcripts of various probate courts.
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/probate-and-wills www.findmypast.co.uk] ($) Includes transcripts of various probate courts
  
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=== Maps, Gazetteers, and Placenames ===
 
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=== MAPS, GAZETTEERS, AND PLACENAMES ===
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Helps understand where ancestor came from  
 
Helps understand where ancestor came from  
  
 
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ maps.familysearch.org] - An excellent resource for finding neighboring parishes, distance between parishes, jurisdictions of the parish, when records begin, viewing old ordinance survey maps of the parish, view your ancestor’s parish in relations to Google maps and Google Earth.  
 
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ maps.familysearch.org] - An excellent resource for finding neighboring parishes, distance between parishes, jurisdictions of the parish, when records begin, viewing old ordinance survey maps of the parish, view your ancestor’s parish in relations to Google maps and Google Earth.  
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*[http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/valuation.html http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/valuation.html]- Valuation Office map finder. <br>
 
*[http://visionofbritain.org.uk/ www.visionofbritain.org/uk]&nbsp;Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales  
 
*[http://visionofbritain.org.uk/ www.visionofbritain.org/uk]&nbsp;Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales  
 
*[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ http://www.british-history.ac.uk] Topographical Dictionary of England  
 
*[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ http://www.british-history.ac.uk] Topographical Dictionary of England  
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*[http://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html www.old-maps.co.uk] ($) -Access to historical maps in England
 
*[http://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html www.old-maps.co.uk] ($) -Access to historical maps in England
  
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=== Cemeteries &amp; Burials ===
 
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=== CEMETERIES &amp; BURIALS<br> ===
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Find where an ancestor is buried  
 
Find where an ancestor is buried  
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/parish-records/burials?tab=3 www.findmypast.co.uk]- has the largest online burials databases for England  
 
*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/parish-records/burials?tab=3 www.findmypast.co.uk]- has the largest online burials databases for England  
 
*[http://www.deceasedonline.com/ www.deceasedonline.com]- Wants to become the premier database for cemetery records in the United Kingdom post 1858.  
 
*[http://www.deceasedonline.com/ www.deceasedonline.com]- Wants to become the premier database for cemetery records in the United Kingdom post 1858.  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=country&FScountryid=5 www.findagrave.com]- Includes England burial grounds
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=country&FScountryid=5 www.findagrave.com]- Includes England burial grounds  
 
*[http://www.cwgc.org/ www.cwgc.org]- Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Graves of British soliders throughout the British commonwealth.<br><br>
 
*[http://www.cwgc.org/ www.cwgc.org]- Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Graves of British soliders throughout the British commonwealth.<br><br>
  
=== REPOSITORIES IN ENGLAND ===
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=== Repositories in England ===
  
Repositories are where original records are kept and housed. These include archives and libraries and County Record offices.
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Repositories are where original records are kept and housed. These include archives and libraries and County Record offices.  
  
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk]- The National Archives website. Great for military and other government created records many of which are [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/our-online-records.htm online].  
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk]- The National Archives website. Great for military and other government created records many of which are [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/our-online-records.htm online].  
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*[http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml Society of Genealogies]- Britain’s premier family history society. Includes many register transcriptions to thousands of parishes.  
 
*[http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml Society of Genealogies]- Britain’s premier family history society. Includes many register transcriptions to thousands of parishes.  
 
*[http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/ http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/]-&nbsp;Information on major repositories in London.
 
*[http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/ http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/]-&nbsp;Information on major repositories in London.
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[[England Major Websites|For additional information on major England websites click here]].
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Revision as of 18:09, 31 January 2013

Contents

English Resources

Information about England and its genealogical records.

Church Records

Baptismal, marriage, & burial records

Church of England (Anglican)'

Non-Conformists

Those not belonging to the Church of England

Census Records

(Records locating families & individuals at a specific place and time)

Civil Registration

Births, marriages, and death certificates

  • www.freebmd.org.uk-  Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales starting July 1837-1983. Original certificates are located at the General Registrar’s Office in London. Using the information found in the index you then must order the certificate online at www.gro.gov.uk
  • www.ukbmd.org.uk- Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales  from July 1837-1983 at the the local registrar’s office. Select a county and then click 'County.' Not complete for all counties and some counties may not have an index to the the local registrar's office. Includes other valuable links to records as well. 
  • www.ancestry.com ($) Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales starting July 1837-1915. Must order certificates from England.
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales. Must order certificates from England.
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($)
  • www.gro.gov.uk- Website for ordering birth, marriage, and death certificates from England and Wales.

Court Records

Directories

Locate ancestors at a specific location and time

LDS Sources

Records of 19th Century LDS converts

Military

Finding information/records if an ancestor served in the British military

Newspapers

Miscellaneous

  • www.familysearch.org > United Kingdom and Ireland. Includes miscellaneous records such as poor law, tax assessments, probate, court, monumental inscriptions, etc. for select counties.
  • www.connectedhistories.org A variety of digital British records & papers including: Convict Transportation Registers, House of Commons papers, London Lives, 1690-1800, Charles Booth Archive, Old Bailey records, British Newspapers, 1600-1900, and more.
  • www.google.com Use this search engine to find your ancestors (in a Google search type “Surname” (of your ancestor) + name of the parish or county from where they came from.
  • Other Search Engines: (www.bing.com, www.yahoo.com, www.ask.com, www.dogpile.com)
  • www.Mocavo.com ($) A genealogy search engine. Type the name of an ancestor and watch as the search results only appear if they may have genealogical value pertaining to your ancestor.
  • www.genesreunited.com Use this website to find distant relatives via a common ancestry.
  • www.origins.net Apprenticeship records

Passenger Lists

Tracing English emigrants/immigrants

  • www.ancestry.com ($) Many passenger lists including those arriving at US and Canadian ports. Also a database for those returning or visiting the British Isles from 1878-1960.
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) Passenger lists of those leaving the British Isles (1890-1960); also a Register of passport applications, 1851-1903.
  • www.ancestorsonboard.com ($) Passenger lists of those leaving the British Isles (1890-1960)
  • www.ellisisland.org- 1892-1956 (New York passenger lists)
  • www.castlegarden.org- 1820-1913 (New York passenger lists pre Ellis Island)
  • www.immigrantships.net- Passenger lists from all over the world- must search each volume as there is no searchable index.
  • immigrants.byu.edu- Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating to America.

Wills / Probate

May name spouse, children, or other family members

  • wiki.familysearch.orgFor wills pre-1858. Wiki.familysearch.org > type the name of the county and then add Probate i.e. “Worcestershire Probate.” Gives step-by-step instruction on how to find a will. Click the letter of the alphabet to the parish where your ancestor died. May include links to online indexes and includes links to the online Family History Library catalog listing film numbers for the wills on microfilm at the library and available through family history centers world-wide.                For wills post-1857.  Search the library's online catalog, title search, for Principal Probate Registry.
  • www.ancestry.com- ($) For wills post-1857. Go to Ancestry.com > click on Search > select the Card Catalog > type in National Probate Calendar. No images provided. For a microfilm image of the will go to wiki.familysearch.org > type Principal Probate Registry. This links to microfilm numbers at the Family History Library. www.familysearch.org Kent wills online 1440-1881
  • www.origins.net ($) Contains a National Wills Index that includes indexes for the courts of several counties 
  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Index to wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) Index & images to wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) Includes transcripts of various probate courts

Maps, Gazetteers, and Placenames

Helps understand where ancestor came from

Cemeteries & Burials

Find where an ancestor is buried

Repositories in England

Repositories are where original records are kept and housed. These include archives and libraries and County Record offices.


For additional information on major England websites click here.