England Genealogy

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England is country that is constituent part of the United Kingdom located in Europe. It has a history that goes back over a thousand years.

From 1284 the Kingdom of England also governed Wales. In 1707, the Kingdom of England joined the Kingdom of Scotland in union to become the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Ireland was later added in 1801 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922, the Irish Free State was established as a separate dominion. In 1927 six Irish counties were reincorporated to officially create the current United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Beginner's Corner

Have you ever wondered about one of your English ancestors, perhaps your great grandpa? Do you know when or where he was living, or perhaps the place and date of his birth? Your curiosity about him motivates you to want to know more. Do you know where to start to find information? 

Start by asking your relatives what they remember about him. Write down what you learn. Some family stories are based in fact and should be considered. Perhaps you will only have an approximate time and place. The Beginner’s Corner links to information that will help you get started. Choose from one of the following:

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FamilySearch Historical Records

Wiki articles describing England-related online collections that can be found at FamilySearch.org

Main article: England FamilySearch Historical Records

Ideas for Finding Compiled Information on English Ancestry

Here's an article entitled "A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them" that's specifically focused to aiding researchers--beginners to professional--who want to learn of compiled genealogical data on (i.e. immigrant) ancestry from England and whole British Isles.
This article shares numerous resources such as gateway websites which provide access to hundreds of millions of names that researchers worldwide have gathered and shared online for British ancestry.

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Genealogy courses: Learn how to research from an expert in England courses.