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Introduction

Below is a list of useful databases and websites for England research. The websites are arranged by record type.

English Resources

Information about England and its genealogical records.

  • FamilySearch Wiki - This site is being built and continually added to by the genealogical community. Always new information being added to help with any form of genealogical and family research.
  • Genuki - Provides various links to research websites for the British Isles.
  • Cyndi's List - Provides links to various English collections, databases, or resources based on record type.
  • England Genealogy Websites - Contains a vast collection of England genealogy websites.
  • England Online Links - Lists links to various genealogical websites, databases, or resources based on record type.
  • The National Archives - This site contains a wealth of information, including digitized records, help resources, and links to additional sites, archives, and directories.
  • Price & Associates - Provides many links to different research websites or resources for England.

Major Websites

  • Ancestry.com is the world's largest genealogy website. Among their numerous collections of English records are the 1841-1911 censuses, General Register Office (GRO) indexes to births, marriages, and deaths after 1837, and church records. They also have electoral rolls, probate records, poor law records, directories, and immigration records.
  • Findmypast.com has the largest collection of English records. Along with the 1841-1911 censuses they have the 1939 Register. Their collections also include newspapers, the GRO index, church records, military records, electoral rolls, directories, school records, and more.
  • Familysearch.org has a large collection of English records, including the 1841-1911 censuses, GRO indexes, and church records. Do not overlook the FamilySearch Catalog, which contains many records not on the regular FamilySearch database.
  • Myheritage.com has a large collection of English records, including censuses, newspapers, church records, and immigration records.
  • Thegenealogist.com has a large collection of English church records.

Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage are all subscription sites. These websites are available at the Family History Library and various Family History Centers. It is also available through FamilySearch Partner Access. TheGenealogist is also a subscription site.

Church Records

Baptism, marriage, & burial records

Church of England (Anglican)

Non-Conformists

Those not belonging to the Church of England

Census Records

(Records locating families & individuals at a specific place and time)

Civil Registration

Births, marriages, and death certificates

  • www.gro.gov.uk - Website for ordering birth, marriage, and death certificates from England and Wales. Do not order certificates from other sites - they typically charge extra and take longer. This website also contains online searchable indexes for birth and death certificates from 1837-1917 for births and 1837-1957 for deaths. To search, a free account must be made.
  • www.freebmd.org.uk - Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales from July 1837-1983. Original certificates are located at the General Registrar’s Office in London. Using the information found in the index you then must order the certificate online on the GRO website.
  • www.ukbmd.org.uk - Indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates from England and Wales from July 1837-1983 at the the local registrar’s office. Select a county and then click 'County.' Not complete for all counties and some counties may not have an index to the local registrar's office. Includes other valuable links to records as well.
  • www.ancestry.com ($) - Indexes to birth, marriage, and death certificates from England and Wales from July 1837-1915. Must order certificates from the GRO website.
  • www.findmypast.com ($) - Indexes to birth, marriage, and death certificates from England and Wales from 1837-1983. Must order certificates from the GRO website.
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk ($) - Indexes to birth, marriage, and death certificates.

Court Records

Directories

Locate ancestors at a specific location and time

LDS Sources

Records of 19th Century LDS converts

Military

Finding information/records if an ancestor served in the British military

  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk - The premier repository for military records in the United Kingdom. While many records are now accessible online, most are not and are housed at the National Archives. However, they can be ordered online. This site contains information and guides on how to find military records, online military records, and digitized microfilm records.
  • www.findmypast.com - ($) Includes many British Military records, such as the British Army Service Records from 1760-1915.
  • www.ancestry.com - ($) Indexes and images to many military records, including British Army WWI Service and pension records. 

Newspapers

Miscellaneous

  • www.familysearch.org - United Kingdom and Ireland. Includes miscellaneous records such as poor law, tax assessments, probate, court, monumental inscriptions, etc. for select counties.
  • www.connectedhistories.org - A variety of digital British records & papers including: Convict Transportation Registers, House of Commons papers, London Lives, 1690-1800, Charles Booth Archive, Old Bailey records, British Newspapers, 1600-1900, and more.
  • www.google.com - Use this search engine to find your ancestors (in a Google search type “Surname” (of your ancestor) + name of the parish or county from where they came from.
  • Other Search Engines: (www.bing.com, www.yahoo.com, www.ask.com, www.dogpile.com)
  • www.mocavo.com - ($) A genealogy search engine. Type the name of an ancestor and watch as the search results only appear if they may have genealogical value pertaining to your ancestor.
  • www.genesreunited.com - Use this website to find distant relatives via a common ancestry.
  • www.ffhs.org.uk - A federation of over 200 family history societies and other genealogical organizations worldwide with over 180,000 in total membership. The site includes research helps, on-going projects (including the National Burial Index), and the latest information about conferences and fairs.
  • www.rootschat.com - This is the UK's largest free family history forum with over 5.7 million helpful posts that are all fully searchable.

Passenger Lists

Tracing English emigrants/immigrants

  • www.ancestry.com - ($) Many passenger lists including those arriving at US and Canadian ports. Also a database for those returning or visiting the British Isles from 1878-1960.
  • www.findmypast.com - ($) Passenger lists of those leaving the British Isles (1890-1960); also a Register of passport applications, 1851-1903.
  • www.ellisisland.org - 1892-1956 (New York passenger lists)
  • www.castlegarden.org - 1820-1913 (New York passenger lists pre Ellis Island)
  • www.immigrantships.net - Passenger lists from all over the world- must search each volume as there is no searchable index.
  • immigrants.byu.edu - Tracks LDS converts in ships migrating to America.

Wills / Probate

May name spouse, children, or other family members

  • wiki.familysearch.org - For wills pre-1858. Wiki.familysearch.org > type the name of the county and then add Probate i.e. “Worcestershire Probate.” Gives step-by-step instruction on how to find a will. Click the letter of the alphabet to the parish where your ancestor died. May include links to online indexes and includes links to the online FamilySearch Catalog listing film numbers for the wills on microfilm at the library and available through family history centers world-wide. For wills post-1858, search the library's online catalog, title search, for Principal Probate Registry.
  • www.ancestry.com - ($) For wills post-1858. Go to Ancestry.com & click on Search & select the Card Catalog & type in National Probate Calendar. No images provided. For a microfilm image of the will go to wiki.familysearch.org & type Principal Probate Registry. This links to microfilm numbers at the Family History Library. www.familysearch.org Kent wills online 1440-1881.
  • www.nationalarchives.gov.uk - Index to wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury .
  • www.thegenealogist.co.uk - ($) Index & images to wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
  • www.findmypast.com - ($) Includes transcripts of various probate courts.

Maps, Gazetteers, and Place Names

Helps understand where ancestor came from

Cemeteries & Burials

Find where an ancestor is buried

  • www.familysearch.org > Catalog > Place Search > Type County or parish & Cemeteries
  • www.genuki.org.uk - Links to English cemeteries
  • www.findmypast.com - has the largest online burials databases for England (National Burial Index)
  • www.deceasedonline.com - Fast becoming the premier database for cemetery records in the United Kingdom post-1852.
  • www.findagrave.com - Includes England burial grounds
  • www.cwgc.org - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Debt of Honor Register database contains 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 worldwide where they are commemorated. The database can also be searched for details of 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of WWII. This site also contains related information and links.

Repositories in England

Repositories are where original records are kept and housed. These include archives and libraries and County Record offices.