British Web Sites
Genealogical Web sites are beneficial to those searching English ancestors. The following is a sampling that offers British researchers information and additional links.
The Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland (GenUKI) Web site at www.genuki.org.uk/big/ links to a number of other sites where you can learn about a variety of British genealogical records. The site is arranged by country, county, and topic.
The Family Records Web site at www.familyrecords.gov.uk/default.htm aims to help a person find the government records and other sources needed for family history research.
The Ancestry Web site at www.ancestry.com offers a UK Collection that includes census records.
Cyndi’s List at www.cyndislist.com/england.htm contains links to many English research sites. Links are suggested by individual researchers.
England and Wales
The Family Records Centre at www.familyrecords.gov.uk/frc/default.htm explains how to access English genealogical records, including civil registration, census, and probate records.
The National Archives at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ holds material that relates to the country as a whole. The site includes an online catalog, information leaflets, and an education center.
The General Register Office Web site at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ contains a link to online ordering of civil birth, marriage, and death certificates for England and Wales.
The Federation of Family History Societies is an umbrella group which oversees the activities of many English family history societies. Their Web site is www.ffhs.org.uk/ Contact information is given for the individual societies, including links to their Web sites. The Federation also offers for sale many economically-priced research booklets.
The National library of Wales at www.llgc.org.uk/ is the premier archive for Welsh family history records. A list of genealogical records in the National Library is discussed in several online guides. A section on this site provides information for those preparing to visit their library.
The Association of Family History Societies of Wales at www.fhswales.info promotes the study of family history and genealogy in Wales.
The Irish Family History Foundation at www.irish-roots.net/ is the coordinating body for a network of government approved genealogical research centres in the Republic of Ireland (Eire) and in Northern Ireland, which have computerized millions of Irish names in genealogical records.
The National Archives of Ireland at www.nationalarchives.ie/ contains information about useful Irish genealogical sources.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland at www.proni.gov.uk/ has several family and local history articles, and some online indexes.
The National Library of Ireland at www.nli.ie/ holds estate records, valuation records, trade directories, and other records that are useful in finding Irish ancestors.
Scotland’s People at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ provides access to online indexes and digital images for many genealogical records, such as census, church and civil registration records.
The National Archives of Scotland at www.nas.gov.uk/familyHistory/ gives information about the records of interest to genealogists and links to other sites that discuss Scottish genealogical information.
The National Library of Scotland at www.nls.uk/ collects print and nonprint materials for Scotland. Of interest to family historians are the special collections of books and pamphlets, and a digital library.
The Scottish Association of Family History Societies at www.safhs.org.uk/ promotes and encourages the study of Scottish family history, and provides a forum for the exchange, collection and distribution of information among members. A list of publications is included.