England Major Websites

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Yorkshire free BMD site


Contains 4.5 Million transcribed Birth Death and Marriage records for Yorkshire, and is updated often.

A central location for a consortium of governmental and public sector body sites. In addition, it has numerous guides, appropriate and frequently required subject links, and additional links to an abundance of official and unofficial sites leading to a wealth of information. Following are the sites of the consortium:

  • www.gro.gov.uk
    The General Register Office for England and Wales, providing in-depth information for the registering of births, marriages and deaths, as well as details and facilities for the ordering of the certificates of such, including more specific issues such as stillbirths and adoptions. Also links referring to current day marriage-related or registration issues, and a few additional research links.
  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    The joined forces of the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission, containing wealth of information, help resources, and links to additional sites, including archives and directories.
  • www.familyrecords.gov.uk/frc
    Run jointly by the General Register Office and the National Archives, it houses useful information, research helps and links to a number of major sites.
  • www.gro-scotland.gov.uk
    The General Register Office for Scotland, responsible for the registration of births, marriages, deaths, divorces and adoptions, and for carrying out periodic censuses. In-depth detail of available records, including aforementioned, Old Parochial Records, Old Parish Records, as well as links to related sites—in some cases, more in-depth. Also very informative.
  • www.nas.gov.uk
    The National Archives of Scotland is the main archive for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, its role in the British Isles and the links between Scotland and many other countries over the centuries. The NAS holds records spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries.
  • www.scan.org.uk
    The Scottish Archive Network houses a catalogue to 52 archives; a number of digital archives; an extensive list of Scottish related external websites, as well as those hosted by SCAN, including ScottishDocuments and ScottishHandwriting; and a variety of information, guides and research tools.
  • www.proni.gov.uk
    The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, providing wealth of information regarding records housed, numerous external links, and houses sites for Freeholders’ Records, The Ulster Covenant, and Will Calendars.
  • www.llgc.org.uk
    The National Library of Wales contains innumerable references, links and information relating to the sources it contains, as well as numerous external links to sites containing information housed at the NLW.
  • www.bl.uk
    Although the partner emphasis seems to be with the India Office Records, which alone is unlimited in information relating to its archives, as well as the references, sources, and links provided, it’s just one geographic category of the British Library, which is an infinite network of catalogues and collections in its own right.
  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a
    The English strand of the UK Archives Network, Access to Archives is a database containing catalogues describing archives held throughout England and Wales and dating from the 900s to the present day. It contains 10.1 million catalogue entries from 414 record offices and other repositories.
  • www.cwgc.org
    The Debt of Honour Register on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission makes it possible to enter criteria to search a database listing 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations world wide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War. The site is also informative in relation to all that is Commission related, and includes a lot of related links.
  • www.iwm.org.uk
    The Imperial War Museum provides detailed information of events and rolls it plays via links to each of its branches; and although not to be overlooked, draw attention primarily to Family History link, which itself has a number of links (including an abundance of subject-divided external links), and some downloadable subject-specific research guides in PDF format.

The 1901 Census for England and Wales has a number of search options, meaning that a search of the data is not limited primarily to a name search. Summaries of search results are shown, but more in-depth information requires a minimum charge. If desired, images of the original documents are available for download, and transcription details of family/household members have been linked. There is also a large collection of links to external sites.