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GENUKI - This site is an absolute must and your first stop to find out which resources are available to family historians in all parts of the UK and Ireland.

ROOTSWEB - to join geographic and topic based mailing lists, and checkout research guides etc.

CYNDI'SLIST - a comprehensive list of websites, for anything to do with family history.

FAMILY SEARCH - The LDS Family History Library catalogue, the original I.G.I (International Genealogical Index) on-line, and Census Records. Lots of new databases appearing here, and all FREE. Try browsing the UK and Ireland resources to see all the new records they keep adding. Some resources are browse only, some patch through to pay sites to see the images.

Archer Software's Guide to I.G.I. Batch numbers - similar to the above with very many new additions added..

Cheshire BMD - Transcriptions of local Registrars' Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes. All Tameside birth, marriage and death indexes are now on-line amounting to more than 1.8 million records. Please check the coverage pages for other Cheshire regions.

Lancashire BMD - Using the programme pioneered by Cheshire BMD. Check here if your ancestors were just over the border in Manchester or Oldham. Please check the coverage pages since these records are not as up-to-date as those for Tameside.

UK BMD - Using the prototype developed by Cheshire BMD, other local counties are coming on board, including Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, North Wales and West Midlands. Click on Local BMD. There is now the facility for cross browser searching - click on localBMD on the side menu and then UKBMD Multisearch. Debyshire marriages are available, hiding under parish registers at Find My Past.

UKGDL.org.uk - UK Genealogical Data and Lists. This is Ian and Sharon Hartus' website launched 2009. Basically Sharon has scoured GOOGLE for months to discover any local websites which might contain anything from Tax Lists, Trade Directories, Hearth Tax, Poor Law Returns, Bastardy, Court Records, basically any useful lists and sources which might add a little colour to our family histories. This is a massive undertaking. The format is easy to use, particularly if you are also used to their UKBMD interface. Congratulations to Ian and Sharon.

UKMFH.org.uk - UK Military Family History. This is Ian and Sharon Hartus' website launched 26 February 2010. Military Family History is a discipline in itself and to this end Ian and Sharon have again trawled the internet to bring you the most complete website of links to the whole range of military topics. This time they have made the site keyword searchable.

Free BMD - The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Thu 29 Sep 2016 and currently contains 256,972,888 distinct records (328,275,024 total records). The coverage on their information pages indicates they are making excellent progress towards the mid 1970s. The reference numbers relate to those held at the General Register Office and are not particularly useful when applying to local register offices. I would try to search one of the UK BMD sites first and apply for certificates locally.

Certificates On-line - offers the ability to apply directly on-line for certificates from the General Register Office at Southport. Certificates cost 9.25 pounds and postage is free.

Ancestry - UK And Ireland Subscription website. All the Censuses with Original images are complete for 1841 -1911. There are also two BMD index searches available via Ancestry, another version of Free BMD until 1915 and then their own indvidually indexed entries from 1915-2006. British Telephone and Trade Directories. This should help to trace 20th century ancestors. WWI army pension records are now complete on-line.These are the records of soldiers who were refused or denied a pension and includes their attestation papers, sadly though only 30 percent of these records have survived.. Check the databases on the home page for details of other recently added resources. Includes databases from Parish Registers in the London Metropolitan Archives, Criminal Registers and the Calendars of Wills 1861-1966. Ancestry has a collection of people entering the UK from long haul destinations 1878-1960. Recent additions include Liverpool and Yorkshire West riding Parish Registers and Parish Registers for the Manchester Diocese. Also Criminal Registers and Wills Calendar indexes. Please use their CARD CATALOGUE to check if Ancestry holds the records you are seeking to search.

Find my Past.com -Includes the whole of the whole of the 1841-1911 census databases on-line these include transcripts of Scottish Census returns 1841-1901. Original GRO Indexes also includes registrations notified to the British Consul of Births, Marriages and Deaths which occurred abroad, and a newly added database of Soldiers who died in the Great War. One of their newer sets of records are those of the Chelsea Pensioners; complete up until 1913. Find my Past have also entered into partnership with Family History Societies and many resources previously held on Family History on-line are now available via FMP, including many parish register indexes. Derbyshire Local BMD indexes are searchable at FMP in a rather strange place under Parish Registers. Part of the Find my Past website covers everyone departing for long haul destinations from British ports 1890-1960. The most useful addition for people with Cheshire ancestors is their whole new Cheshire Collection of Parish Registers, Bishop's Transcripts, Workhouse and School Records, Registers of Electors, and fully downloadable Cheshire Wills. Also a huge Welsh collection. In partnership with the British Library have filmed and indexed nearly 16 million pages of newspapers. Have also added half a million criminal registers held at the National Archives, eventually this collection will contain two and a half million records. Their Irish records are only available via their worldwide subscription. Today they have indexed the vast majority of Irish Catholic Parish Registers and these are free and will remain free. The have also made their 1939 register part of their subscription from 16th February 2016 and also have Electoral Registers 1832-1932 and the modern Electoral registers from bout the year 2000. As with Ancestry it is useful to click on A-Z of records and then to add which datasets they might hold in the right hand search box. This will help you to decide which pay site is better for you.

Lost Cousins - free to register and to join enter your ancestors details from the various census returns and match exactly to others with the same ancestors. They also have an excellent free newsletter to subscribe to.

British Genes Blogspot Chris Paton's excellent family history blog a companion to his Scottish Genes website.

BMD Index.Co.UK - Five pounds for three month's subscription, 14.95 pounds for 12 months, fully surname searchable. The complete GRO Index is now searchable on-line.

The Genealogist - Now offering all-in subscriptions similar to Ancestry, incorporating BMD Index.co.uk plus complete census transcripts Also inlcuding Phillimore's Parish Register transcripts and many more datasets plus the nonconformist registers as below.

Family Relatives.com Family History Social Networking plus GRO indexes and Parish Register Transcriptions . Overseas BMDS currently FREE. Annual subscriptions 30.00 GB Pounds very cheap - watch this space.

About.com - Don't know why I haven't found this site before, but seems to be a world wide resource of information about family history and genealogy. Very up-to-date news articles and links to all sorts of topics.

Family History Societies

The Family History Society of Cheshire - Includes details from all the eighteen groups that make up the society, Cheshire Wills on-line, Cheshire BMDs and the Cheshire Surname's Directory. Brand new web design will mean that lots more information will be appearing on-line

The North Cheshire Family History Society - Have very good information on Burial and Monumental Inscriptions in North East Cheshire.

Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society - Have their own research library in the centre of Manchester, and Oldham, Bolton, Irish, Scottish and Computer Branches.

Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society - Covers Lancashire north of Manchester and Liverpool upto the Cumbrian border.

Derbyshire Family History Society - Offers a reasonably priced postal research facility.

The North West Group of Family History Societies - Keep up with North West Events.

The Isle of Man Family History Society

The Federation of Family History Societies - Keep up-to-date with National initiatives.

The Society of Genealogists - search their on-line SOGCAT (library catalogue).

The Lancashire Parish Register Society - Order books, microfiche or CDs of early indexed and transcribed Parish Registers. Find out their latest news and information about the projects they are working on:

Federation of East European Family History Societies including Anglo German.

Anglo Italian FHS

Catholic Family History Society

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

Quakers in Britain

The Heraldry Society

Dick Eastmann 's online Genealogy Blog.

Local History Websites

Tameside Local Studies - Family and Local History resources and their Image Archive consisting of approximately 50,000 old photogaphs - fully searchable.

Tameside Local History Forum - Brand new with information about the 20 groups actively involved in local history in Tameside.

Tameside Radio real local community radio.

Aerial Photos of Tameside

Carl's Cam - Carl Rogerson's website full of photographs of the local area, War Memorial transcriptions and information on Cheshire Boundaries.

Carlscam's Stage Coaches - wonderful new website with detailed maps and information about stage coach travel in Cheshire circa 1831.

Ashton Pals - Linda Corbett's new website, The Ashton Territorials, 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment during WWI.

Manchester Regiment website - Including a very helpful forum with experts on hand to answer questions.

Stockport 1914-18 Stockport Men who died in the Great War with potted biographies.

Gerald England's new Old Hyde Blogspot

YESTERDAYS - Ian Rhodes' archive of extracts from 'The Reporter' 100 years ago.

Albion URC Fellowship - Albion Congregational Church - Then and Now.

Ashton-under-Lyne.com - photos, history and message forum.

Changing Ashton-under-Lyne Street Names

Origins of Ashton-under-Lyne Street Names

Audenshaw Local History Society - Fairly new website for a not so very new, but very active local history society.

Cocker Hill, Stalybridge

New website full of fascinating, photographs, stories and historical facts about the very oldest part of Stalybridge. Quote from the author:

I dug around, and found that the whole area has a fascinating history; riots, Bodysnatchers, Chartists, unpopular vicars, rooms of .. ahem … ill repute, the rise and fall of the Industrial Revolution with its ‘dark Satanic mills’. The more I discovered, the more fascinating it seems.

Denton Local History Society - A relatively new and growing site all about Denton.

Macdonalds Home Page Bill and Karen Macdonalds Droylsden Pages click on Moravian in the right-hand frame menu, or read about Robertson's Jam.

Hollinwood Canal Boat Society - Aiming to restore this picturesque route.

Hydonian Blogspot - new and excellently researched blog about historical Hyde.

Mossley.net - a History and Photo Guide to Mossley.

The Wooden Canal Boat Society - Based in Ashton.

Cotton in Ashton-under-Lyne -a history of Cotton Mills in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Carrbrook Village - All aspects of village life and history.

Saddleworth Historical Society - This site is crammed with photos, maps and information about all the villages and hamlets that make up Saddleworth.

Ancient Parish of Glossop - Including 19th and 20th century Trade Directory transcriptions.

Derbyshire and North East Cheshire - Early Trade Directory and Census transcriptions.

Glossop Heritage - Closed due to funding cuts.

Stockport Hatworks Museum - Crammed with information about the local hatting industry. Lots of the exhibits originally come from Denton, though they are not labelled as such.

Longsight Memories - comprehensive Longsight archive including Belle Vue.

Levenshulme History Then and Now

Friends of Angel Meadow

Our Manchester - A short history of Manchester with pages devoted to Longsight, Belle Vue, Memories and Childhood Games etc.

Burnage Heritage

Manchester 2004 - Website originally created to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in 2002 - has a really good section on the history of the local area.

North West Family Businesses

South Derbyshire Hearth Tax Transcriptions

Lancashire Businesses online - The University of Manchester has placed the records of 3000 small businesses between 1760 and 1820 online - most relating to Manchester and Liverpool. You can search via name, business and document for your grocer or wheelwright and read documents related to them. If you had any middling type families in Manchester or Liverpool at this time you could be very lucky and find a copy of original documents relating to them.

Manchester Cathedral's Website - incuding quite a good history section.

Manchester Community Forum.

Aidan O'Rourke's Photographic Website with modern day photos of Manchester.

Old Photos of Manchester

University of Manchester Maps Collection

1960s Manchester Music Scene

Salford Hundred - Information and Maps about the Parishes that made up the old Salford Hundred.

Manchester's 'Little Italy' Anthony Rea's wonderful webpage about Little Italy at Ancoats including history of the Ice Cream Families.

Ancient Cheshire Parishes.

Lancashire On-line Parish Clerks - now covering churches and chapels in Ashton--under-Lyne, Denton, Hurst, Mossley and Stalybridge

Cheshire Parish Register Project - stalled for quite a while, but this project seems to be active again with regular up-dates, works quite well after you have learned the system of searching the databases and codes.

Cheshire Antiquities - A scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities, including photographs and potted histories of Cheshire Towns and Villages.

The Cheshire Local History Association

Cheshire Links Page

Ray Hulley's Website - Hulley Family History plus much more particularly old Macclesfield Hundred Records

Lancashire On-line Parish Clerks - Stalybridge Parish now added with the baptisms from Ebenezer Methodist Chapel 1813-1837.

Liverpool History Projects Including transcriptions of RC Registers - a resource for Irish Immigrants into Liverpool.

South Derbyshire Census and Hearth Tax

Special Interest Family History Websites

Commonwealth War Graves Commision - On-line searchable database of Commonwealth Forces who died in the two World Wars plus 67,000 civilians who died as a result of enemy action.

Visions of Britain - Crammed with demographic information extracted from various national statistics 1801 - 2001, historical descriptions, maps etc.

Family Search WIKI - worldwide on-line family history encyclopaedia based on Wikipaedia

Landed Families of Britain and Ireland

British Industrial Schools - looking for missing ancestors.

Workhouse Site - Information about Workhouse Unions in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Index of Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals - a county by county guide - a resource created by Middlesex University.

Manchester Family History Research - a Manchester Record Agent's own website, but full of information about poor law and court records in Manchester Archives.

Gen Guide to Bastardy Bonds and Poor Law

British Industrial Schools - looking for missing ancestors.

Hidden Lives - The hidden lives of children in care 1881 - 1918.

Companion site to Workhouse.org by Peter Higginbotham

UK Adoptions Register

Canadian Home Children

British Home Children to Australia

The Foundling Museum

Adoption Search and Reunion:

Mother and Baby Homes in the UK

The Pub History Society

London & North West Railway Society - Crammed with information for North West Railway enthusiasts.

Railway Archives

London Lives 1690-1800

Sources for London Lives include poverty, crime, social policy, apprenticeships etc. A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.

London Docklands Transcribed Parish Registers.

A History of Music Halls and Theatres

Travellers Site - Fairground, Travellers, Gypsies and Travelling Showmen.

Gypsy Ancestors - Do you have Gypsy ancestors.

Romany Genes and Surnames.

Romanies Reunited:

Canal Junction - boat people and the Canal Heritage Trust.

Fairground Heritage

National fairground Archive:

The Town Crier's Last Post honouring those who came before.

British Postal Museum Heritage and Archives

Welsh Genealogy Links.

Darris G Williams' Welsh Family History blog

Manchester Diocese website

Ellis Island - American Family Immigration Centre - database of passenger arrivals through Ellis Island between 1882 - 1924.

Coal Mining Resource Centre - National database of mining deaths and injuries.

The Blacksmiths Index

Lancashire Constabulary - records with search facilties.

Lancaster Castle - Dungeons, Witches, Convicts and Transportation.

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Capital Punishment in the UK - massive database of information; some of it is pretty gruesome.

Capital Punishment - The resource site for the history of capital punishment in Britain.

Welcome Trust Medical Archives - History of Medicine and location of archives.

Lambeth Palace Library

Catholic History Society

Methodist Ancestors - Rylands Library Database.

My Methodist History

Unitarian History

Baptist Family History:

The Manchester City Council Burial Database

Craig Thornber's Website - A history of Medicine and Local History of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

GOONS - The Guild of One Name Studies.

Family History - General Utilities

Tameside Surnames Directory- run by the Dukinfield Group Family History.

British Surnames Profiles

UK County Surname Lists

The Etymology of British Place Names - sources of places names in the UK

Gazetteer of British Places Names - exhaustive list of 50,000 place names.

Behind the Name - An Etymology of First Names.

Given Names 1450-1650 - Old English and Latin Names.

UK Surname distribution maps UK Surname Profiler

World Surname Distribution Map

Interesting Surname Database - this site has potential, but proceed with caution regarding heraldic information.

Family Tree Charts - really good free family tree charts.

RootsChat - easy to use Genealogy message board. RootsChat has almost 4.5 Million postings from 215,514 membersready to help you with your questions. Live Chat Room, Photo Restoration for free, Language Translations and transcriptions of old handwriting, Links and Resources for all counties, topics include DNA and Heraldry. Site is moderated and has a Trusted Privacy and Security Certificate

Family Tree Forum - relatively new Forum.

British Genealogy Forums

A - Z of Genealogy - Topic based help list.

Flat Caps and Bonnets Compilations for sale of out of copyright PDF books mostly sourced from archive.org.

REGISTRATION DISTRICTS - Civil Registration Districts in England and Wales.

Marriage Locator

Anyone with ancestors who married within counties covered by the UKBMD project are often lucky enough to avoid paying £9.00 for a marriage certificate by using the venue information and references to search the relevant church microfilm.

A new initiative by the Guild of One Named Studies is unlocking the code in the GRO indexes. Aimed at interpreting the Marriage Index created by the GRO, by using it you can determine where your ancestors were married not just the Registration District but the actual church. The full details of how they are cracking this code are explained on-line.

This only applies for Church of England marriages between 1837 and 1911. The project was started by volunteers in the East End of London, so this is the most complete area so far. Coverage of other areas will increase over time.

GOOGLE Searching - Hints and Tips to make the most effective use of GOOGLE as a search engine.

Census Finder - A good start to find out what information is available local to the area you are researching.

Cheshire Wills and Probate Records

Lancashire Wills on-line - Fully Searchable index of Lancashire wills from the mid 15th Century to 1858. The site is in beta testing mode and should be complete by the Spring of 2005

Derbyshire Wills - Alphabetical will calendars for Derbyshire.

On-line Probate Indexes Beta Version of National Archives Wiki showing on-line Wills Indexes.

Family Deeds - rescuing old deeds and documents.

Deceased Online Website in beta testing mode, eventually hoping to unite Local Authority Burial and Cremation Databases.

Rulers of England - Useful King List.

Wikipedia - Old English Language.

Old Medical Terms - Ron Hall's collection of websites offering information on old medical terms.

Rudy's Archaic Medical Terms

Symbols on Gravestones and their meanings.

Latin Translations - Ron Hall's collection of websites offering Latin translations.

History Timelines - from the BBC website.

Useful Historical Dates - John Owen Smith's list of useful dates for local and family historians.

Dates for Genealogists

English Ecclesiastical Calender, Regnal Years, Day of the Week and more.

Date Converter - Calender converter for all dates.

Measuring Worth purchasing power from 1245 to the present day

Currency converter - Currency Converter from the National Archives website.

Weather Timeline - A timeline of notable weather events in England - really interesting.

Telephone Finder - British Telecom's site offerring free telephone directory look ups.

192.com - Much revamped and improved website - 10 free telephone look ups a day and a paid site with lots more information available.

People Tracer Brand new website to help people to trace living ancestors or missing friends or relatives, access to the edited version of the Electoral Roll 2003-2011 with links to Google Street View. Much cheaper than via 192.com.

Post Code Finder - The Royal Mail's website.

Look4People Tracing Agents and Probate Researchers

Land Registry - Land Registry database.

BMD Certificate Tutorial - Everything you should need to learn about Birth Marriage and Death Certifixates in England and Wales

Old Handwriting - On-line tutorial offering help in trying to read old documents.

Old Handwriting Tutorial on the National Archives Website - A Guide and On-line tutorial offering help in trying to read old documents.

Palindex - The best paleography tutorial I have found on-line.

Google Books - Old and rare books downloadable in PDF format for free. Go to Advanced Search and then click on full view before you search.

Old Archived Books - two definitive histories are now available to download for free: Samuel Hill, Byegone Stalybridge (1907) and Thomas Middleton Annals of Hyde and district : containing historical reminiscences of Denton, Haughton, Dukinfield, Mottram, Longdendale, Bredbury, Marple, and the neighbouring townships (1899)

Abebooks - Search out old and rare books for sale.

S & N Genealogy Supplies - Census records, trade directories and old maps available to purchase on CD.

GENFAIR - One-stop shop for Family and Local History.

The Parish Chest - On-line Family History Store - masses of links etc.

Downloadable Parish Register Books from the Internet Archive

Pharos Tutors - approved Genealogy Course at reasonable rates.

Ancestor Search Info Excellent How to Guide - plus lots more.

Your Family History - Dr Nick Barrett's latest venture, a new and different Family History Magazine asking for contributions and queries from family historians. Sign up for a free on-line newsletter or subscribe to the magazine.

Nick Barrett's Web Vodcasts

History Websites

Film Animation of Our History in two minutes. Brilliant student project.

The History of English in Ten Minutes funny and entertaining guide in ten one-minute blocks

Charles Booth Archive and Poverty Maps of London's East End

Medieval Documentation for the Salford Hundred.

Derek Gillards website giving a short history of Education in England

Spartacus.Schoolnet - All Social and Industrial history in one website, including Child Labour, Slavery, the Textile Trade.

Poor Law correspondance papers held at the National Archives

Guide to our Industrial Heritage

Spinning the Web - The story of the Cotton Industry.

BBC Cotton History - all about the background to the cotton industry in Britain.

Cotton Town - A very comprehensive history of Cotton in Blackburn, but many of the themes equally apply to any of the North West Cotton Towns.

Heritage Gateway

The Victorian Web - Website created by the University of Singapore has a really comprehensive overview of Victorian Life.

Roger Vaughan's Victorian Photo Gallery - A huge gallery of Victorian and Edwardian photographs including help with dating techniques.

Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland

Daguerre.org - Brilliant early photographs of 1840s and 1850s America.

Twentieth Centry Images.

Victorian London - 19th Century London Social History.

Victorian Police Stations

Friedrich Engels - A complete on-line translation of his book 'The Conditions of the Working Class in England' published in Liepzig in 1845.

Social history Maps of London

London East End

Baths and Washhouses History

Bastards and Baby Farming in Victorian England - prizewinning essay.

Past On Paper:

One Place Studies

British Newspaper Archive England adding thousands of pages per day.

Gazettes On-line - Fully 20th Century coverage especially useful for appointments etc. during both World Wars

Guardian and Observer Newspapers' Digital Archive - Pay site, but with full Guardian Newspaper archive 1821-date, and the Observer 1900-date will release images back to 1785 in the new year sometime. A little difficult to get used to using the search engine and saving articles, but worth it because the Guardian Newspaper started off as the Manchester Guardian, so holds quite a lot of local news in the early years.

Manchester Central Library you can join the Manchester Council 24 Hour Library for free and have access to several reference sources including the Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 and now the Guardian. Similarly the Times Digital Archive is available via Cheshire Library membership.

Lancashire On-line Reference Library - join their On-line Reference Library – you don’t have to live in Lancashire. Their on-line archive includes the Times Digital, the British 19th Century collection and the 17th/18th Burney Collection.

Swansea index to the Cambrian the first English Language Welsh Newspaper 1804-1914.

Moving Here - 200 years of Migration to England.

Quarrybank Mill and Styal Homes - National Trust website about the community and industry created by Samuel Greg of Styal.

Parliamentary History of the Slave Trade (archived website).

Medieval Genealogy - Pages and pages of Medieval sources and information.

Domesday Book - The Domesday Book on-line - fully seachable. The site has just been revamped and not all pages are working as yet.

The Peerage - Noble and Royal Family Genealogies.

Coats of Arms

Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire- including Volume Indexes.

BBC Local and Family History - Includes lots of research guides and places to post your family photographs etc.

BBC Voices - Regional Accents and Word Maps and Curios

British Library - Sound Archive - On-line collections from the British Library - fascinating dialect recordings.

Brtitish Pathe - Pathe News Archive

Chartist Ancestors - a well constructed website for anything you need to know about the progress of the Chartist Movement.

British History OnLine - Freely searchable database of main Historical sources, including maps, county histories, ecclesiastical papers and parliamentary archives.

History Pin - a new development for Google maps and Street View. Pin your History to the World. Historypin invites you to dig out, upload and pin your old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, the site allows you to layer your old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.

British Library web archive

Rylands Library On-line Image collections:

Beautiful British Library Literature Timeline:

Black Country History

The history of Nursing

Nursing History Archives

ARCHIVES

Family History at Manchester Central Library - New Link to - Comprehensive Family History section from the Manchester City Council website.

Greater Manchester County Record Office - Archive and Family History Sources

Chester Record Office A joint partnership between the new Cheshire East and Chester and Cheshire West Councils - this is via the Cheshire East Council's website, from which there is easy access to their on-line materials.

Lancashire Record Office - old maps on-line and masses of records for the Quarter Sessions.

Lancashire Record Office Catalogue Online.

The National Archives - Much re-vamped and re-branded website. Searchable database of PCC Wills proved at Canterbury before 1858, Downloadable World War 1 Medal Cards, access to the Library Catalogue with estimates for copying and very good research advice pages.

a2a - Access to Archives, searchable database - lots of Tameside and Manchester Coverage

Borthwick Institute - University of York and Prerogative Court of York Archives.

Old Bailey - Proceedings at the Old Bailey becoming available on-line.

BOPCRIS - British Official and Parliamentary Papers.

Thousands of on-line Newspapers

British Library English Accents and Dialects - Sound archive of regional accents - mostly from people born in the 1890s and recorded in the 1950s. I even have trouble understanding accents from my local region - helps you to understand how census enumerators could get names and places wrong.

MAPS

Historic Counties Map

Gazetteer - brought to you by GENUKI - enter a place name and be taken to an information page and various on-line maps.

OS map grid references from POST Codes

Large Scale Maps of Manchester and Salford 1857, Manchester 1922 and Liverpool 1874.

Manchester Historical Maps page

Old Maps - Detailed old Ordinance Survey maps on-line searchable via place name or gazetteer- sadly not as good as previously since maps are no longer free.

Ordnance Survey - Free to view modern day Ordnance Survey maps.

Historic maps of Ireland. At the Ordnance Survey Ireland website you can view current and historic maps of Ireland. It may take you a couple of minutes to figure out how it works, but once you have, you can switch almost instantly from a modern satellite map to one of several 19th century maps - still positioned on precisely the same point. If there's something similar available for Britain then I'd love to find it!

Early Scottish maps from the National Library of Scotland.

Google Maps - mapping with the GOOGLE difference.

British History OnLine - Freely searchable database of main Historical sources, a much improved maps database of the original first series OS maps, county histories, ecclesiastical papers and parliamentary archives.

Gen Maps - Old maps searchable by county

Lancashire Old Maps - Old Maps available from the Lancashire Council website.

Baedeker Guide Maps - 1910 Map of Manchester.

WebbAviation fantastic modern aerial views of towns and cities of England and Wales.

London Ancestor - excellent municipal boundary maps, including Cheshire, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester and Liverpool etc.

ALAN GODFREY MAPS: excellent value at around £2. 25 per map

WHERE’S THE PATH? Displays OS maps and Google aerial images side by side and works comfortably and intuitively, to see the clear OS view moving in synchrony with the Google aerial image and with synchronised cursors and live coordinates. Each window can be scaled separately, with the wider view showing an outline window delineating the coverage of the more zoomed one. Several different map types can be selected including the very useful option of 1930s and 1940s OS maps.

Land of Maps

World Time Maps of History:

Mapping the London Blitz:

Researching Irish Sources

Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Townland Database

Irish Genealogy Toolkit - fabulous newish website I have just found with all sorts of guidance for people researching their Irish Family History.

Free 1901 and 1911 Census from the Irish National Archives website. News from the Irish National Archives: All thirty-two counties for 1901 were launched last Friday 3rd June. All thirty-two counties for 1911 have been available on this site for some time now. Click on search census and then there is a drop down menu for which ever year you want to search. Both are totally free to search.

Find My Past - Irelandsubscriptions lower than for the UK version, significantly growing content and now available included in their world wide subscription. Census 1901 and 1911, Birth Marriage and death indexes and fully indexed Catholic Parish Registers.

Library Ireland Books plus Historical and Topographical Ireland

Irish Family History Foundation website making information from county family history centres avilable on-line, now adding 1901 and 1911 census information - pay per view.

My Irish Ancestry - join Irish Family History Communities.

Irish Genealogy Links page.

National Library of Ireland- including Parish Registers and a Genealogy Help Desk

Dublin Heritage - A Dublin Library intiative - transcribed Dublin Parish Registers Searchable on-line. Irish Genealogy Parish Registers; Dublin and Kerry,Cork and Ross, and Carlow.

Emerald Ancestors - an excellent pay per view website specialising in Vital Reocrds and the 1901 Census for Northern Ireland.

Irish Genealogy Projects County by County database of volunteer transcriptions.

Ireland Gen Web - County by County pages including information on Griffiths Valuation and Tithe Applotments.

Northern Ireland Gen Web- County adopted pages.

Irish Roots- Virtual Irish Community and Message Boards

Ulster Historical Foundation - 2 million records on-line, some free, some to members only - membership 30 GB Pounds per annum.

Public Records Office Northern Ireland - mostly Government, Legal and Family Deposits.

General Register Office Northern Ireland - now processing certificates on-line.

Irish War Memorials - this site aims to develop a database of Irish War Memorials with photographs and transcriptions.

Church of Ireland Archive - the survival and location of Church of Ireland Parish Registers.

Irish Ancestors- Pay Per View (and seemingly quite expensive) for access to the Irish Times Newspaper Archive. But a marvellous surname meaning and etymology database.

Irish Church Records cataloguing parish register transcriptions.

National Archives of Ireland - Parish Records, Wills, Transportation, Tithe Applotments, and Primary Griffith's Valuations.

General Register Office - Republic of Ireland - copying service for Births before 1900, Marriages before 1950 and Deaths before 1966.

Irish Census Records and Census Substitutes- County links to some transcribed sources.

Irish Mariners Index.

The National Centre for Geocomputation - Irish Statistical Maps around the time of the Famine. Patricularly look up the NCG Online Atlas Portal.

Irish History in Maps and Surname Distribution - interactive website with special emphasis on Ancient and Medieval Counties and Baronies.

Historic maps of Ireland. At the Ordnance Survey Ireland website you can view current and historic maps of Ireland. It may take you a couple of minutes to figure out how it works, but once you have, you can switch almost instantly from a modern satellite map to one of several 19th century maps - still positioned on precisely the same point. If there's something similar available for Britain then I'd love to find it!

Irish Famine History in Contemporary Illustrations - Pictorial History of the Famine.

Ireland List Griffith's Valuations

Irish Convicts to NSW plus other Irish Rebels. 1641 Depositions Trinity College Dublin Depositions in 1641 by Protestants from the Catholic Rebellion

New Family Search - civil birth indexes 1864-1958 ROI (marriages from 1845); 1864-1922 NI (Church of Ireland Marriages marriages from 1845). Click on Europe and scroll down to Ireland.

History from Headstones burials in the north.

Irish Graveyards - all Ireland burials.

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin Pay per view, burials from 1828 to present day.

Belfast City Council burial records for City Cemetery, Dundonald and Roselawn cemeteries.

Belfast and NI directories 1805-1918

Irish Newspapers On-line:

Two Hundred Years of Irish Immigration:

Genealogy National Archives of Ireland new gateway to Irish family history records collection:

The following collections are now freely available to view on the site:

  • Census records for 1901 and 1911
  • Tithe Applotment Books for 1823 to 1837
  • Soldiers’ Wills for 1914 to 1917

Don't forget to check the Irish pages at GENUKI, ROOTSWEB and CYNDI'S LIST.

Scottish Research

Scotlands People - BMD information, Census Returns and Wills indexes all searchable on pay-per-view.

Scotlands Places

Early Scottish maps from the National Library of Scotland.

National Archives of Scotland - details of search services and collections.

National Library of Scotland - searchable on-line catalogue.

National Library of Scotland - Post office Directories

Digital Gallery of Scotland

General Register Office for Scotland - In addition to BMD Registration from 1855 there are details of Old Parish Registers, Irregular Border Marriages etc.

The Scottish Association of Family History Societies

Scottish Graveyards.

Happy Haggis - probably the best Scottish Genealogy Page

Registers of the Scotland Executive Agency - National Land and Property Registers.

Scottish Geneaology Society - library of microfilmed census returns parish registers etc.

Scottish Genes and Events excellent Scottish genealogy blog.

The Watt Library BMD Index compiled from entries in local Scottish newspapers from the early 19th century to around 1913.

Glasgow West Address Index - searchable 1844-1915.

Military Research

UKMFH.org.uk - UK Military Family History. This is Ian and Sharon Hartus' website launched 26 February 2010. Military Family History is a discipline in itself and to this end Ian and Sharon have again trawled the internet to bring you the most complete website of links to the whole range of military topics. This time they have made the site keyword searchable.

Commonwealth War Graves Commision - On-line searchable database of Commonwealth Forces who died in the two World Wars plus 67,000 civilians who died as a result of enemy action.

In from the Cold Lost War Graves project

Carl's Cam - Carl Rogerson's website full of photographs of the Cheshire and Lancashire War Memorials and a searchable database of transcriptions.

Tameside Local Authority War Memorials - a searchable database of war memorials in Tameside

Denton Roll of Honour - seachable database of approximately 2,000 men from Denton who served in the first World War.

Family History Using Military Sources - guide produced by Tameside local Studies and Archives Library.

Millbrook Roll of Honour - missing rolls of honour from Millbrook, Carrbrook and Hey Heads.

Missing from Stalybridge War Memorial - Kathryn Booth's Great War Project - names missing from the Stalybridge War Memorial

Includes the enlistment papers of Britsh born servicemen who enlisted in Australia - seven from Stalybridge.

Veterans UK Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and Executive Agency for the Ministry of Defence.

British War Graves photos supplied free of charge.

In from the Cold New website hoping to remember those casualties missing from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Medieval Soldiers Database - Fantastic research project listing soldiers found in the National Archives in medieval documents, right up until the battle at Agincourt, including the names of archers.

Museum of the Manchesters - Research Guide through the Regiment's Archives at Tameside Local Studies Library.

Ashton Pals - Linda Corbett's new website, The Ashton Territorials, 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment during WWI.

Manchester Regiment website - Including a very helpful forum with experts on hand to answer questions.

The Lancashire Fusiliers website.

Stockport 1914-18 Stockport Men who died in the Great War with potted biographies. Amazing amount of research went into this site.

Trafford War Dead - Have just found this wonderful website of nearly 7,000 names from the Boer War onwards, which have been researched by George Cogswell.

Commonwealth War Graves Commision - On-line searchable database of Commonwealth Forces who died in the two World Wars plus 67,000 civilians who died as a result of enemy action.

The War Graves Photographic Project The aim of The War Graves Photographic Project is to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, MoD grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day and make these available within a searchable database.

Army Children Graves Register Launch of the Army Children Graves Register.

Military History at the National Archives - research guides and holdings at the National Archives.

The Great War Archive - Oxford University Project to collect memoirs and memorabilia.

The Long Long Trail - A History of British Forces in the Great War.

The Few - Battle of Britain.

World War One Battlefields

The Western Front Association

Regiments.Org - The most comprehensive site you will ever come across, concerning everything to with military regiments, battles, contact addresses, references and so on.

Military Hospitals - Military Hospitals and Convalescent Homes.

The Battle of Jutland

Introduction to British War Medals

Military-Genealogy - various rolls of honour.

National Archives - Hospital Records - for records of WW2 Nurses - also location and survival of records for most UK hospitals.

Roll of Honour - names listed on a large number of War Memorials.

Great War Digital Archive of Poetry and Memories of the Great War.

Imperial War Museum click on Family History - lots of links and help sheets.

National War Museum - army past and present.

First World War.com - battles, propaganda, maps and photos.

Battlefields 14-18 - army structure and battles.

In Flanders Fields - from the Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium - in three languages, with information about Belgian, French, German and UK troops.

49,000 Irish Casualties of World War One

Caring on the Home Front - St John's Ambulance and Red Cross activities during WW1 - click on Search the Library for numerous factsheets, video and audio clips, including a gas mask display.

Wellcome Trust - video from the Welcome Trust Library of shellshock patients taken at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dartmoor.

COFEPOW - Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War website - lots of information - click on seeking information.

Online Database of Far East Prisoners of War

Navy Records On-line:

Barnett Maritime Len Barnett's website - an experienced freelance maritime researcher.

Bob Saunders Marine Links - All you need to know about researching British Seamen and their Ships.

Australian Defence and Merchant Navy forces WWII

Cardiff Registered Ships and Mariners

Swansea Registered Ships and Mariners

HMS Victory - not just the history of HMS Victory, but a snapshot of the Royal Navy at the time.

35,000 Mariners copied from the Somerset Record Office by Aubrey Brown.

History of forgotten Asian, African and other foreign seamen on British Ships

East India Company Ships and their Crews.

Naval History.net Excellent website with masses of information regarding naval history from the Great War to the Falklands.

Welsh Mariners' Index - An on-line index of 23,500 Welsh merchant masters, mates and engineers active from 1800 to 1945, compiled by Dr. Reg Davies.

Boer War - Anglo - Boer War.

South African Roll of Honour - A searchable database of South Affrican Casualties.

Asplin Military History Resources - including a searchable database of nearly 40,000 men who enlisted for the Boer War 1899-1902.

Canadian Expeditionary Force - First World War.

Wartime Memories Project - for people to add memories and photographs.

Gazettes On-line - Fully 20th Century coverage especially useful for appointments etc. during both World Wars

Don't forget to check out all the indexed military records at Ancestry, FindmyPast, FamilyRelatives.com

Migration

Moving Here - 200 years of Migration to England.

National Archives - Information about Naturalisation as a British Subject plus searchable catalogue of naturalisation papers.

Australian Cemeteries

Canadian Headstones Project

International Gravestone Photographic Project

Tweety Bird Genealogy - massive geneaolgy links sites, plus passenger lists and information on British Home Children

Canadian Home Children

British Home Children to Australia

Slave Trade Abolition Petition - the transcription work of the 1806 petition in support of abolition of the slave trade, undertaken by several members Manchester and Lancs. FHS.The archives are very keen to know of anyone who recognises a possible ancestor amongst the signatories. The website hopes to host transcriptions of other petitions soon (archived websites).

Ethnic Groups in the USA

Where to write for Vital Records in America

Ellis Island - American Family Immigration Centre - database of passenger arrivals through Ellis Island between 1882 - 1924.

Castle Garden - American Family Immigration Centre - passengers passed through Castle Garden before Ellis Island became the main route into North America.

Ethinicity map and origins of North Americans

Mayflower History

Reconstructed Passenger list of the Welcome - William Pen's voyage from Deal to Pennsylvania

Automated Genealogy Not a really good title for this site, but one which does give an up-to-date view of the progress of Canadian Indexes which are free to search on-line.

Life and Death in Quarantine on Grosse Ile (Canada) 1832-1937.

Vital Records for Nova Scotia - excellent website with images to view online, but you do have to pay to download them.

The Hudson Bay Company Archives

British Columbian Archives and BMDs

Searchable BMDs for Nova Scotia.

Canadian National Archives - Check this page for the multitude of free on-line information bases, including Census and Military and British Home Children etc.

Canadian Naturalisations 1915-1932

Welsh Mariners' Index - An on-line index of 23,500 Welsh merchant masters, mates and engineers active from 1800 to 1945, compiled by Dr. Reg Davies.

Olive Tree - Ships Lists - Very useful information about migration and free to search passenger lists.

The Ships List - Comprehensive passenger lists website.

Australian Family History Compendium - gateway to Australian Archives and Sources.

Coraweb Cora Nunn's comprehensive Australian Genealogy pages.

New South Wales State Archives.

New South Wales BMD Index. register of births 1788-1910, marriages 1788-1960, deaths 1788-1980 searching is free certificates cost.

The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Australia)

Australian Cemetery Index

Papers Past one million digitised pages of 61 New Zealand Newspapers 1839-1945.

Mariners' Records and Ships Lists - New South Wales -

National Archives of Australia.

New Zealand Goldminers.

New Zealand Archives

New Zealand BMDs

New Zealand Newspapers - This has mentioned in several places, access free to an archive of New Zealand newspapers. Quite a lot of reporting of things back in England.

Convict Records new resource to help trace Convict Ancestors.

Queensland Government Transportation Database

Convict Links - comprehensive list of sources and links.

Convict Central - great site - including all convict ships details, Western Australian Convicts - Millitary Pensioners sent to Australia to settle - Convict women sent to the female factory - stories about individual convicts.

Convicts Australia - recommended by a friend as the best site she has found for convict ancestors giving varied information about convicts transported to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. This is goldmine, not only of tickets of leave and certificates of freedom, but absconders, Government Regulations, Old Bailey indexes, Newgate Prison Records and much more even convict tatoos.

Public Record Office of Victoria - searchable databases of assisted and non assisted arrivals.

Australian On-line Newspapers - search the newspapers archive, mostly from the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Ryerson Index - to contemporary obituries in Australian Newspapers

National Archives of South Africa.

South African Genealogy - an excellent site to begin your search for South African Records, starting with how to guides, types of records, databases and repositories.

South Afrikan Genealogy Gateway

1820 Settlers in south Africa

The East India Company -For people with ancestors in the East India Company including births, marriages and embarkation lists.

Plans to put the India Office Records for the Gulf States on-line

Ireland, Ceylon and indian ancestry

Brits in South America.

British Settlers in Argentina

Jamaican Genealogy

Jamaican Family History - Asked for information as to how to research Jamaican family history. This site seems to be pretty comprehensive, it’s a pay site, but not too dear – a kind of mini Ancestry for Jamaica .

Sri Lankan Genealogy

Huguenot Library collection hosted by the University of Central London. http://aemi.eu/

The Associations of European Migration Studies

Computer Stuff

BBC Webwise A beginner's guide to using the internet.

BBC First Click A Downloadable guide to computer basics

GCL Learn for Free Excellent Guide for Beginners to Intermediate Skills in Computing

Tribal Pages - The easiest on-line tool for creating a family tree website.

Wholly Genes Software - producers of The Master Genealogist.

Brothers Keeper - Oficial site to download software.

Legacy Family Tree - download free version of Legacy Family Tree.

Roots Magic - Cheaper rival to Family Tree Maker - download a free demo.

Family Tree Maker - Arguably the most well-known family tree software.

Family Tree Magazine - on-line version.

Who Do You Think You Are? - on-line magazine version.

Free Genealogy Magazine

Genealogy Software Reviews top ten family tree software reviews

Peer Genealogy Software Reviews

Downloadable family history forms and charts

Webuser - On-line version of Britain's best selling internet magazine.

w3schools.com The largest free web design tutorial site.

HTML Goodies - Primers and Tutorials for HTML and other aspects of Web Design.

StatCounter.com - free stats on visitors to your webpage.

Bravenet - Help and Resources for all website designers.

Paint.NET - light version of photo and image editing with most of the features you would be likely to use in a professional programme like Photoshop.

My Imager - Your everything On-line Image Editor .

Photobucket - free on-line photo hosting site.

Photo and Image Restoration

Dynamic Drive - Lost of free scripts and effects for websites.

Javascript Kit - Lots of free Javascripts and Applets

Family History Activities for Children

Fun Stuff

Family Tree Folk - Reviewd by Family Tree Magazine "Genealogy-themed gifts have been around in the US for some time, but they are only just starting to appear in Britain. Family Tree Folk is a new entry into the field".

Make Poverty History - most important website of 2005.

care2.com - Environmentally friendly website with lots of free animated e-cards to customise and send

Free Rice - Improve your word power and donate rice for free.

Genes Reunited - Find people researching your family names.

Free Oldies Music

Divination Finder - Ian and Sharon Hartas web links page.

Cast a Rune and ask Questions.

Digital Spy - showbiz, entertainment and media news. http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/

Whirlygig - British TV and Radio nostalgia including sound clips of old theme tunes etc.

TV ARK - on-line TV Archive Museum - old averts, children's programmes, cult programmes etc.

UK Homefront - Nostalgia, Nostalgia, Nostalgia!

Every Hit plus Chart Trivia Singles, albums, charts, music trivia and awards.

Old 78 Records as MP3s One man's project to convert his old 78rpm records collection to downloadable MP3s.

British Garden Birds - Really useful website with all the information you need to understand your garden visitors.

ONS Surname Statistics - Searchable database of Surnames taken from the 2001 Census.

Nationmaster - nation by nation statistics and maps etc.

The Food Timeline - Fascinating timeline about food from ancient times to modern, eg who made the first potato salad and the roots of traditional recipes from all over the world

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