4. Using internet sites.


Always enter dates - as day -month in letters and year this is because Americans transpose dates

Be aware that an American may transpose day and month when entering date.

Always double check information someone as entered to ensure it is accurate. Only add information to online trees when you have checked information.


Main Sites to find Records Censuses and BDM’s 

These are the main four sites to search records. They are continually being up dated.

They also contain alot of other information relating to Genealogy and how to search




Access by subscription but some information obtainable

http://findmypast.com This site has census, BDMs, military records, parish records, newspapers and other information. It is being continually updated. 

By putting in a general search in to the censuses  i.e. a persons name and date of birth if known, then redefining search if you can identify place of birth and removing date of birth and first name and putting in place of birth, you can find the families of the surname in that area.

You can enter your own tree


ancestry.com/ Ancestry.co.uk

Access by subscription 

This site is available free at the Library, has occasional free weekends

http://ancestry.co.uk It may be possible by accepting free trial and then cancelling it to set up access to site.  Limited information can then be accessed on the site for free.

You can enter your own tree. The site will then give you hints. Has an app. Your tree will remain accessible even if no subscription.

It has occasional free weekends.



Access is free for some information by subscription for full records

http://thegenealogist.co.uk Easily search marriages and order official government certificates(Cheaper from GRO) The genealogist also has newspapers, Court and Criminal records and tithe maps.


family Search.org

Access  is free

http://familysearch.org  The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints site

A search can be made without paying subscription.

You can enter names in family tree.  Once names have been entered into tree it can be cross checked with information on other people searching the same people.  You can also search the records held by the Latter Day Saints.  Information held by Findmypast, My Heritage and Ancestry is shown but it only tells you the record is there does not allow you to see the original unless you have subscription to the site.

The site a other useful information including a catalogue of where records can be found such as National Archives and History centres. also a index of books by authors and subjects.

Has Protestant nonconformist Records


Always double check information to ensure it is accurate





Free Sites which refer you to other sites


Forebears.co.uk (English)

Free access

http://forebears.co.uk  This site directs you to other sites mainly Ancestry. Also contains Maps of spread of surnames based on 1881 census. There are directions to newspaper items, wills etc.



Free access

 http://dustydocs.com.au This site directs you to other sites and has information on how to search records,  Has English Records.



free access

 http://ukbmdsearch.org.uk  This site allows you to search records of births and censuses by directing you to other sites. It also has an A-Z of registration districts.


Cyndi's List

free access

 http://www.cyndislist.com/uk/eng/  This site has a list of sites on a multitude of Genealogy subjects.



Site to find where which county a parish is in



Free access

Check  http://www.genuki.org.uk/  to discover which district parishes come under.  You may be surprised. Mitton was a parish before the canal joined the Severn  and became Stourport.  The village 

on some Censuses is in Ombersley.




Sites to find BMD’s, Wills and censuses



Free Access

http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificatesThe General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales. Local Register Offices also hold records of events registered in their area. Searchable by name,  Certificates can be ordered. (Cheapest way to obtain certificates)



Free acess

 https://www.freereg.org.uk  This site gives lists of birth, marriages and deaths in areas.

They ask for a donation.



Free Access

 http://freebmd.org.uk This site enables a free search for births and marriages from Sept 1837 and is still being updated with more recent entries



https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills  Wills and probate from1858 to present day


Deceased on Line

 https://deceasedonline.com There is a charge for some information but a free search by name , not by parish or county. With a common name this may give a large number of results.


The 1921 Census

https://1921census.org.uk   Information site for the next census to be published


1642 Protestant Returns

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/explore-guides-to-documentary-archive-/familyhistory/sources/protestations1642 'Census' begins to appear online The House of Lords is very much in the news at the moment - but for family historians the best news is that digitised images of some of the Protestation Returns of 1642 (held in the House of Lords archives), are now available online.


Censuses can be found on all the main sites.  Only Findmypast has the 1939 register.

There are several site for villages and town which also holds Census and Parish records. These have been transcribed individually.  It's useful to do a Google search for parish records for the village or Town you are interested in

Many sites have transcription errors so it's worth checking on more than one site. 

Always look at the original as well as the transcription.

Next census to be released is the 1921 census but the hundred year rule will apply.



Ordering  Certificates

Find the correct reference from freebmd.org.uk or www.gro.gov.uk before ordering from www.gro.gov.uk

Other sites offering this service might cost considerably more.



Sites with family trees 


To keep your research private use a tree that does not publish online Example "RootsMagic" or from a disc.  Using an online tree you can make private but this may limit your research and contact with others researching the same persons.  Never put information about a living person or disguise some information such as referring to a person by initial not name and only put birth date as about year not month and day. This will help protect personal data from fraud.

FindmyPast, Ancestry, Family Search already referred to



Access by subscription but some information obtainable

https://genesreunited.com The subscription to this site is under £10 and enables you to contact other people researching the same names.

Extra subscription can be paid to access census information.

Always double check information to ensure it is accurate



Access is free for limited amount of entries into Family tree

http://myheritage  Once names have been entered into tree it can be cross checked with information on other people searching the same people. It will give hints and offer possible connections.  It can give useful information which you may not have found.

This site offers good charts which can be downloaded. This site is based in Israel.

Always double check information to ensure it is accurate




Access is free for family tree and some information

https://geni.com This site allows you to enter a family tree.  It gives you access to documents relating to a surname.  This is an American site but has some English documents.  Day and month may be transposed

This site may be useful if you have American connections but the above sites may be better.




Sites with information



Free access to some information entered by users but linked to Ancestry.com which has a subscription

 https://rootsweb.comA resource site to find information people have put on line and to get access to Ancestry.  Then when you have established which information you want get it printed off for small charge at library from Ancestry  if you do not have subscription to Ancestry. Some are personal trees and therefore information needs checking. Some trees however have been posted by researchers.

This site also has access to useful information including a List of occupations and abbreviation.


Always double check information someone has entered to ensure it is accurate



Access is free

https://lostcousins This site offers news letter with useful information and updates what is happening on other site.

If you enter people who were on the 1881 Census they hope to connect you with other people searching the same names.


Family history for you

http://www.roccoland.plus.com/FH4U/index.html    This site is run by the former U3A national genealogy organiser. Heather likes feedback and she has said has said  "Without some very positive results, this newsletter will cease to exist into 2018."


London Family history

http://londonfamilyhistory.org Has catalogue of where records are. It covers the whole of England. The England Jurisdictions 1851 project simplifies research by consolidating data from many finding aids into a single searchable repository that can be accessed by clicking in a parish boundary.


National Archives

access free

https://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.A resource site to find where to find information. Tells you which information at Kew or other History centres.

The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. It incorporate the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty's Stationery Office. They also perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records.

As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, They hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.



access free

https://flickr.com  the national archives site which holds old and recent photos useful for adding photos to your biographies.



access free

https://your-family-history.com  Put your family name into this site and it will show you the spread of the family across the censuses, and how often a full name occurs. It will then link to The genealogist


Joiner Marriage index

http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/ This is Paul Joiners site which has 2,695039 verified marriage records from 4,760 parishes in 35 counties before 1837.  There is a charge of £3.49 per record


International Genealogical Index


This website lists the Extracted batches for the British Isles that previously formed part of the IGI(International Genealogical Index), the on-line database created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and available at familysearch.org.






Parish Chest

https://www.parishchest.com  Is a shop where you can purchase parish records and books and will also direct you to family history groups.



https://archive.org/details/texts This site has an archive of eBooks that can be borrowed or downloaded

including "A History of Kidderminster published 1890



http://www.genfair.co.uk   Books to buy or download



Special Interest sites


Railway Ancestors

https://railwayancestors.org.uk A resource site to find information about railway staff.


Romany and Traveller Family History Society

https://rtfhs.org.uk  A resource site to find information about Romany and travellers. Has publications of many Romany families including  Loveridges

12 month membership (1 Oct 2016 to 30 Sep 2017)
is available at the following rates:





  Elsewhere - Airmail


Members receive four issues of the journal      (Dec , Mar , Jun Sep ).


Jewish Families

Limited free access

https://jgsgb.org.uk The Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain - JGSGB - was founded in 1992 for beginners and experienced researchers to: help one another to learn and discover more about genealogy; encourage genealogical research; promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources; and share information amongst members.

Single membership - £35.00 for 12 Months -
£35.00 per annum for individuals and overseas members to include copies of our publication Shemot, produced 3 times per year, and the Society's quarterly Newsletter.

Children in homes

https://hiddenlives.org.uk Hidden Lives Revealed provides an intriguing encounter with children who were in the care of the Children's Society in the late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain.  Has  photo, case files of about 22,500 children in the collection.



Immigration and Migration

Ancestry and Findmypast also have passenger lists. Check information for the destination.


Shiping Lists

http://www.theshipslist.com  This site has information on passengers and ships it may direct you to other sites



Military records


Forces at war

https://forces-war-records.co.uk Military records some research can be done without paying.  

Tip  If you want a subscription  first make a list of persons with military records then take out a one months subscription and concentrate on this site for the month,


Commonwealth war graves

access free

https://cwgc.org The site commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. The cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world. The Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.


Individual Regiments.

Many regiments have their own sites and Museums.


Royal Warwickshire Regiment

https://warwickfusiliers.co.uk  Some  information available but better to visit  their Museum


History of War

http://www.historyofwar.org  Information on any aspect of military history Battles, ships. Refers you to other sites



Workhouses and poverty

access free

https://workhouses.org.uk  This site gives access to information about workhouses.  By access through the map on workhouse locations you can get information on individual workhouses.


Charles Booth on line archive

Access free

https://booth.lse.ac.uk The Booth collection at LSE Archives contains the original records from Booth's survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886 to 1903. The archives of the Senate House Library contain Booth family papers from 1799 to 1967.  Poverty maps of London and Police notebooks.



There are news papers on the Genealogist and Findmypast sites


British Newspaper Archive

Either by subscription or included in FindmyPast

https://britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk This site gives access to news paper articles and is in partnership with the owners of Find my past.


The National Library of Wales

http://newspapers.library.wales  Has a collection of Welsh Newspapers 1800 -1910


Snippets from papers and books

https://www.gengophers.com/#/ Search by name and place and the site finds information from over 80,000 books and newspapers

Historic Newspapers

http://www.historic-newspapers.co.uk  Newspapers from 1900 to purchase.



Regional Information

Curious Fox

https://curiousfox.com Discussion site, entries by name or village.



http://www.rootschat.com Discussion site


Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry

https://bmsgh.org.uk  Has information on Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire and surrounding areas. The site has a lot of records some have been added to other sites such as the genealogist.



 http://digitalhandsworth.org.uk New updated search engine has Handsworth, Ladywood, Balsall Heath and suburban Birmingham 


Black Country

https://bcconnections  Family trees, photos of individuals in the Black Country



Of paid sites, Findmypast has good Irish coverage for many sources, including dog licences and Irish petty session records.

A very useful book is The Irish Family and Local History Handbook 2, by Robert and Elizabeth Blatchford, published in 2013.


Irish Genealogy

Www.irishgenealogy.ie is an Irish government sponsored site. It has free transcriptions and digital images of Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland records from Dublin, County Cork and County Kerry. The indexes of civil records are available for births between 1864 and 1915, marriages from 1845 (1864 for RC) to 1940 and deaths from 1864 to 1965. Northern Irish records are only available up to 1922. There are register images for births from 1864 to 1915, marriages from 1882 to 1940 and deaths from 1891 to 1965. There is also general information about exploring Irish family history.


The National Archives of Ireland

http://www.nationalarchives.iegives free access to the 1901 and 1911 censuses and fragments of other censuses for Ireland and other records 


The National Library of Ireland

www.nli.ie. has a good Sources catalogue for manuscripts and periodicals and a useful Family History section.  This site has all the R.C. parish records . They provide a map of the  4 Provinces which then shows the dioceses and then the parishes. These then give baptisms, marriages and burials but on microfilm. The most useful are the baptisms as they include parents and often family members who were godparents and they are the mostly complete.


The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

proni.gov.uk.offers many free records collections, including signatures to the 1912 Ulster Covenant, will calendars entries, church listings and freeholders' records 


Northern Irish civil certificates                                                                          www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro, after 1922 can be obtained from this site but are expensive. 


Republic of Ireland

www.groireland.ie. Records for the Republic 


Griffith's valuation records


Griffith's valuation records which can be used as a census substitute. It has valuation of all the land occupiers in mid C19th Ireland which given the sketchy nature of some of the Irish records of that time can be valuable. The downside is that they are set up by Civil Parish and Townland. There are maps to help so whilst it can be tricky to start with it is fairly straightforward once you get into it.




National Records of Scotland

 http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk  Has research guide and will tell about each set of records i.e. Statutory register of births are from 1. Jan 1855  unlike England (1837) There is more information on record including time of birth.  There is also a list of registration Districts.



http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk This is the research site for the National Records of Scotland.  You can order certificates from this site.



BDM are obtainable from gro.gov.uk as for England. Most records can be found on the same sites as England


Welsh Genealogy

http://www.welshgenealogy.net This site has a number of records including ships into some ports and cemeteries



Information can be found from county record offices such as The Hive for Worcestershire

local libraries and sites for the individual counties.




https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/somersetfamilyhistory/info  Restricted group for discussion on Somerset. Access to index only. Links to useful Somerset sites




Ancestry and Findmypast have crime and punishment records. Most of the National Archive records are on Findmypast. Over 1.9 million crime and punishment records, held by The National Archives, have been digitised and made available online by family history website Findmypast.co.uk. This joins Findmypast’s online collection of almost three million crime and prison records available to search and download. The Genealogist has Worcester , Warwickshire and Shropshire records (BMSGH)


Old Bailey

https://www.oldbaileyonline.org The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts between 1676 and 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.


Connected Histories

http://www.connectedhistories.org/Search   Will search a number of sites for information




https://Mapso.net Is an Australian site with a few old maps and pictures of England and London


A Vision of Britian through time

https://visionofbritain.org.uk Has maps and history of places and includes historical writings. Has option to purchase maps.


National Library of Scotland

https://maps.nls.uk  Is a collection of maps for great Britain including Ordnance Survey , Bartholomew, Estate, Town and Military maps. Also WW1 trench maps.


Useful Resorce sites



Do a Google search with speech marks round words to limit the amount of hits,  

Example " John Smith" Kidderminster


Google Maps

https://www.google.co.ukmaps   or Google maps apps   Although modern maps it can be useful to locate places.


History of Slang words

https://greensdictofslang.com Slang words


Abbreviation found in Genealogy

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html  A- z list of abbreviations


List of Occupations

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/oldjobs.htm A-Z list of Occupations



 http://www.heraldsnet.org/saitou/parker/index.htm  Glossary of terms used in Heraldry



http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/oldmedterm.htm   A-Z list of Medical terms




https://wikipedia.org  Is useful to research places trades and other items of interest.





Facebook has numerous groups that can be of use.

Ancestry UK is a useful group where you can post queries and find information.  It does not refer to only Ancesty.co.uk


Kidderminster Past is useful for the posting of old photos and information.

This is an example of information on one place but most towns or area have a similar group.


Shropshire family genealogy is a site for people researching Shropshire

This is an example of information on one county but most counties have a similar group