England Websites Arranged by Record

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Information about England and its genealogical records.

  • 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
  • www.cyndislist.com (Great links to online English research)
  • http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~origins/enggene.htm 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.
  • www.a2a.org.uk Search for records in county archives throughout England


Baptismal, marriage, & burial records

Church of England (Anglican)'


Those not belonging to the Church of England

  • www.familysearch.org Indexes to births/baptisms, 1620-1881; marriages 1619-1898;
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) FHL Subscription (Free indexes and images at the FHL)
  • www.bmdregisters.co.uk ($) (Indexes free)


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

  • www.familysearch.org (free) 1841-1911 (Indexes only; images available via partner websites)
  • www.ancestry.com ($) 1841-1911 (index & images)
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) 1841-1911 (index & images)
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) 1841-1901 (index & images); 1911 (beta)
  • www.britishorigins.com ($) 1841; 1861-1871; (index & images)
  • www.censusfinder.com (free) transcripts of some England census records
  • www.freecen.org.uk (free) transcripts of numerous census records throughout England


(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)
  • www.ukbmd.org.uk (indexes from the local registrar’s office)
  • www.ancestry.com ($) July 1837-2006 (indexes only; must order certificates from England)
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) July 1837-2006 (indexes only; must order certificates from England)
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($)
  • www.gro.gov.uk Order the certificates online from this website.


  • www.ancestry.com ($) England & Wales Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 (Quarter Sessions & Assize Courts).
  • 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.
  • www.oldbaileyonline.org.uk Almost 200,000 criminal trials at London’s central criminal court.


(Locate ancestors at a specific location and time)


Records of 19th Century LDS converts

  • http://lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch Mormon Overland Trail, 1847-1868; list of pioneer families and individuals who migrated to Utah across the plains.
  • www.dupinternational.org Contains submitted histories, biographies, articles, pictures, etc. of pioneer ancestors
  • http://immigrants.byu.edu Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating across the ocean to America.
  • http://histfam.familysearch.org Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific time periods & geographic localities around the word.
  • Winterquarters.byu.edu Winter Quarters Project. Includes pioneer biographies, settlements, deaths, map of Winter Quarters, etc.
  • Lib.byu.edu/digital/mmd LDS missionary journals kept during their missionary service


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



  • 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


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.


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 include the microfilm numbers to the images of wills at the Family History Library.
  • www.ancestry.comFor wills post-1857 (a direct link). Or go to the home page of Ancestry.com > click Search > click Card Catalog > in the Keywords type National Probate. For 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 ($) Includes a National Wills Index
  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Index to wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) Index & images to wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • www.findmypast.co.uk ($) Includes transcripts of various probate courts.


Helps understand where ancestor came from


Find where an ancestor is buried


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