The following links are for the lesson I will be teaching tonight at Riverbend FHC. FindMyPast.co.uk is working again!
Researching the UK Online
The Genealogical Society of Utah and FamilySearch are services of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GSU has microfilmed many of the useful government and parish records for the UK. These microfilms can be borrowed for a handling cost of about $6 CDN, and viewed at your closest Family History Center. The Family History Library Catalog
can be searched online at http://familysearch.org/
> Library > Catalog. (For Canadians
, the online ordering of films is at http://film.familysearch.org/
and requires the use of an email address and credit card.)
has a wealth of free resources online. To search the IGI’s
extracted parish registers, click http://familysearch.org/
> Advanced Search . (This does not cover all parishes, but many thousands.) Ancestral File
and the Pedigree Resource File
family tree databases may be a good source of clues. Also check http://new.familysearch.org/
if you have access.
Many additional records for the UK are accessible for free at http://beta.familysearch.org/
where the output from FamilySearch Indexing
is made public.
website provides a handy way of seeing which parish registers have been extracted by the Church, and searching those.
The free ParLoc software
is helpful in seeing which parishes were located in the area. Maybe your ancestors were christened, married or buried in a nearby parish where family or friends lived. http://parloc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ParLocDL.html
(free birth, marriage and death index) is a free resource. I find it especially handy for finding the maiden name. It also saves time and effort when you wish to buy an official birth, marriage or death certificate. It is found at http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
and at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/
A companion service FreeREG (Free Registers) will be very useful for certain selected locations, but most registers have not yet been transcribed. http://www.freereg.org.uk/
General Register Office for England and Wales http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates
You can use the info from FreeBMD to buy certificates online. They cost $15-$20 depending on the exchange rate.
Mailing Lists on RootsWeb
can be a good resource, for example: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_country-unk-eng.html
(Family Trees) A good source of clues but not guaranteed to be accurate. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
RootsWeb Message Boards
– leave a query or answer someone else’s query http://boards.rootsweb.com/?o_iid=33216&o_lid=33216
- Information helpful to researchers in UK and Ireland http://www.genuki.org.uk/big
Online Parish Clerks
– various counties have these free helpers but there seems to be no single website. Do a Google search for “Online Parish Clerk”
- 1851 UK Jurisdictions http://maps.familysearch.org/
Also see http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html
Census records for England and Wales
can be found on these subscription sites: http://ancestry.com/
The 1881 census is free on FamilySearch.
Access to Scottish records
can be purchased at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
Searchable index to passengers leaving the UK
(including many foreign nationals) http://www.findmypast.co.uk/passengerListPersonSearchStart.action?redef=0
Free Genealogy Look Ups
in certain books http://www.geneasearch.com/intl/intluk.htm
Other Online Resources
If these resources fail to help you, remember that there are many more available. Check the Family History Library Favorites
link on the desktop of the FHC computers. Also check Cyndi's List
of genealogy sites: http://www.cyndislist.com/
I wish you success in your search!