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"Getting Started With Genealogy on the Web"

(thank you to Kelly from Colorado for recommending this link)



National Archives of Australia - Conflicts - Boer War to Vietnam


NEW SOUTH WALES including A.C.T.


The National Museum of Australia

Not Just Ned - A True History of the Irish in Australia  - THE IRISH, and their descendants, have been part of Australian history since the arrival of the First Fleet and its convicts in 1788. Well into the 20th century, the Irish were Australia’s second largest ethnic group. Millions of Australians can lay claim to an Irish ancestor.


N.S.W. Government - State Records

        Indexes OnLine


New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Attorney General's Dept of N.S.W. ~ Family History ~  The Registry holds over 17 million records of events registered in New South Wales. These records include Early Church Records (baptismal, marriages and burials) from 1788 to 1855. and Birth, death and marriage registrations from 1856 to the present day.   Search  ~  There are two types of Historical Index searches:  Birth and Death records  Marriage records  





Gold Coast Family History Society (formerly Gold Coast & Albert Genealogical Society Inc)


Queensland Government, Department of Justice & Attorney-General; Births, Deaths & Marriages


Toowoomba Dead Persons Society


Judy Webster's Genealogical Advice for Australia, especially Queensland.  Genealogy and family history advice, indexes and services, with the emphasis on Queensland - but much of the advice also applies elsewhere, and the indexes include many people from other States and countries.  It has about 100 pages of free informative advice and over 40,000 names are listed, mainly from Qld State Archives records, especially unusual and neglected sources that are valuable for problem solving with customised Google boxes to search the entire site.





History - South Australia

Federation Timeline  -  a Timeline of Australian History


Lutheran Church of Australia - Lutheran Archives  -  The Lutheran Archives, 27 Fourth Street, Bowden SA 5007 Telephone: (08) 8340 4009 Email:





AUS Tasmania Genealogy Mailing List


Waratah Connections





Avoca & District Historical Society Inc


Ballarat & District Genealogical Society


Bellarine Historical Society


Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society, Victoria, Australia


Dead Person's Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


East Gippsland Family History Group Inc ~ Based in Bairnsdale, gateway to East Gippsland's Lakes, Mountains and Streams, the East Gippsland Family History Group formed in 1979, is one of the earliest regional research groups in Victoria and is an affiliate of the Genealogical Society of Victoria.


First Fleet Fellowship, Victoria, Australia


Family History Society of Martin, Australia & New Zealand


Geelong Family History Group


Genealogical Society of Victoria, Melbourne


Lakes Entrance Family History Society


Mildura & District Genealogical Society


Mornington Peninsula Family History Society (MPFHS)


Port Albert (Gippsland Regional) Maritime Museum, Victoria, Australia ~ The award winning PORT ALBERT MARITIME MUSEUM is situated on the Gippsland Coast, east of Melbourne. Historic Port Albert was settled in 1841 following the wreck of the paddle steamer Clonmel, and the arrival of Angus McMillan, seeking a port for shipping cattle from the lush hinterland. The museum opened in 1976.


Public Record Office Victoria, Melbourne


Sale & District Family History Group Inc  78 Macalister St., (Postal: P O Box 773), Sale, Victoria, Australia  ~  Telephone: 03 5144 1421 ~ Email: Open: Tuesday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm; Friday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm; 5th Tuesday of the month 7.00pm - 9pm


Swan Hill Genealogical & Historical Society Inc


Victoria Police Historical Society  ~  The Victoria Police Historical Society Inc. was formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. Following a successful reunion at the Prahran Police Station, a group of serving policemen joined with members of an historical police re-enactment society and a group of police vehicle enthusiasts, to form an historical society that focused on all aspects of Victoria Police history.


Victorian GUM (Genealogists Using Microcomputers)   Victorian GUM (Genealogists Using Microcomputers) Inc. is an association of family history researchers using computers to help them in their research. VicGUM® is based in Melbourne and has over 700 members around Australia.


Wangaratta Family History Society  ~  Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-3pm; 3rd Saturday of each month 11am-3pm. Other times by appointment  ~  1st Floor, 100-104 Murphy St., Wangaratta Vic 3676 (above visitor information centre) ~ Postal: PO Box 683, Wangaratta Vic 3676 ~ email:


Warrnambool Family History Group


Werribee Family History Group


West Gippsland Genealogical Society





HMAS Sydney II ~ Solving Australia's most enduring maritime tragedy.  In 1941, HMAS Sydney II (SYDNEY) was the pride of the Royal Australian Navy fleet.  SYDNEY was lost with all hands, 645 young men.  The SYDNEY tragedy precipitated Australia’s largest loss of life in a naval battle.  see also   HMAS Sydney Search Press Room


Reverse Western Australia Marriage Lookup ~ Marriages Search.  A Perth DPS project


Searching W.A. On-Line Indexes ~ Births, Deaths & Marriages.  Department of the Attorney General, Government of Western Australia.  The registry offers free online historic index searching of births, deaths and marriages from 1841.




Toronto Cornish Association





Ancestors On Board - A journey of discovery Live News Updates Passenger lists with over 30 million records from ships sailing to destinations worldwide., in association with The National Archives, is proud to present ancestorsonboard, a new database featuring BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1960 right back to 1890.    With ancestorsonboard, you can search for passenger list records of individuals or groups of people leaving for destinations including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa & USA featuring ports such as Boston, Philadelphia & New York. Passengers include not only immigrants & emigrants, but also businessmen, diplomats & tourists. Images of the passenger lists are available to download, view, save & print. 


Bedfordshire Family History Society - The Society was formed in 1977 to encourage the study of Family History, Genealogy & Heraldry, primarily within the County of Bedfordshire.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission ~ Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.  Since its inception, the Commission has constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and, in instances where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on permanent memorials. Over one million casualties are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries.


Cornwall  -  The All Cornish Pages


Family History Society of Martin

was founded, in England, in 1980, by the late Lionel Nex & developed membership throughout the British Isles, Australia, Canada, New Zealand & the United States of America. The Society in the UK has since developed to charitable status & membership is open to all persons & institutions interested in the family history of MARTIN (& all variations); who subscribe to the aims & objects of the Society & upon payment of the applicable subscription.


Federation of Family History Societies  -   is an educational charity which exists to represent, advise & support its membership of family history societies & other genealogical organisations world-wide.   Our principal aims are: to co-ordinate & assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family history, genealogy & heraldry;  to foster mutual co-operation & collaborative projects to help researches; & to represent the interests of our members, & family historians generally, especially in the preservation & availability of archival documents.


Honourable East India Company, The - Although listed here under Great Britain, the entries are from all over including India of course.  This website mainly contains birth, marriage & death notices of people who worked for or were associated with the Honourable East India Company & their families, collected from various newspapers & publications.
This website is run by family historians for family historians. We specialize in transcribing LONDON's parish registers and our aim is to transcribe them all. Our other passion is the river Thames, London's Docks and in particular the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. We have collected much of interest, to inform and delight, on these pages. We hope you enjoy them!


The National Trust - Search for a Surname  -  Do you know where your surname comes from, or how many people you share it with?  Find out more about your history.


Wordl War II Archive of Memories  -  real wartime memories written by the public, gathered by the BBC.




The All Irish pages




Cornish in Latin America





National Collection of War Art

This is the National Collection of War Art. It is composed of both official pieces of war art, commissioned by the New Zealand government, and other unofficial art works that were acquired by or donated to government departments. ~ 


Essay on World War I Memorials



Old News Bios


Old News Bios is a database of notices that appeared in old newspapers; mainly births, marriages, deaths, obituaries & inquests, which are full of interesting information for people researching their family history.





Dictionary of the Scots Language  ~  comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND).  DOST contains information about Scots words in use from the twelfth to the end of the seventeenth centuries (Older Scots); and SND contains information about Scots words in use from 1700 to the 1970s (modern Scots).


Fife Family History Society ~  The site contains resources for genealogy research covering the Fife area and information about Fife Family History Society, which was formed in 1989 to join together people with an interest in the research of their Fife ancestors. The society produces a journal 3 times a year and holds monthly meetings.


General Register Office for Scotland (GROS)  ~  The website of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) is part of the devolved Scottish Administration and are responsible for the registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions. They run the Census and use the Census and other data to publish information about population and households. They are the main source of family history records.


ScotlandsPeople ~ Connecting Generations one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information.  With almost 50 million records to access, your visit should be enjoyable and that you could be successful in connecting generations.


Scots Roots & Moir Books combined ~ a real mix of Scottish links


Tay Valley Family History Society  -  TVFHS Research Centre is located on the east coast of Scotland, at 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee, and remains one of the principal centres of Family History Research in the Tay Valley area, which comprises the counties of Angus, Fife, Kinross and Perthshire.





Fordham University

The Jesuit University of New York

          Internet History Sourcebooks Project - Paul Halsall, Editor  -  The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

               Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Selected Sources:

                    England including Arthuriana, Anglo-Saxon Britain, Norman England, Angevin England, Parliamentary Origins in England, Later Medieval England.

                    Reformation  -  General, Precursors & Papal Critics, Protestant Reformation, Catholic Reformation.


New England Historic Genealogical Society


for American Ancestors - based in Boston, Massachusetts; founded 1845


Family Search


where generations meet - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  ~  Pilot Family Search: Sneak Peek Go Take a Look at millions of records and great new search features.




Alta Vista Babelfish  -  is the the original on-line translator.  It does twelve languages to/from English, plus a number of 'cross translations' (e.g. Portuguese to French)


Google Translate  Currently, Google offers the following language pairs:

  • English to/from Arabic

  • English to/from Chinese (Simplified)

  • English to/from Chinese (Traditional)

  • English to/from Dutch

  • English to/from French

  • English to/from German

  • English to/from Greek

  • English to/from Italian

  • English to/from Korean

  • English to/from Japanese

  • English to/from Russian

  • English to/from Spanish

  • English to and from Portuguese

  • Chinese (Simplified) to/from Chinese (Traditional)

  • German to/from French

PROMT On-Line Text Translator  -  offers free Text Translation service for English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian and Russian languages. The service is powered by @promt 7.0 translation software


Reverso  -  only does five - English to/from French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian - but is the one I use most often as it handles special characters, such as accents, very well.


SUGGESTION:   For 'mission critical' translations, use one translator to go one way and then a different one to take the text in the opposite direction. That often shows up anomalies which are not apparent when using only one translator


Libraries & Reference



Discover your family story.  Historical Records, Family Trees, Stories and Publications.  England & Wales Birth Marriage and Death Indexes 1837-2004.    Australian Convict Index 1788-1868.  





                    Legacies - UK History Local to you

                            Immigration & Emigration




University of Oxford


                    Internet Library of Early Journals  -  a digital library of 18th & 19th Century journals  -  What is ILEJ?  -  Aims  -  ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals" was a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aimed to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data. The project finished in 1999, and no additional material will be added.  See Final Report for conclusions of the project.  The core collection for the project are runs of at least 20 consecutive years of:  - 

Three 18th-century journals


Three 19th-century journals

  • Gentleman's Magazine

  • The Annual Register

  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society


  • Notes and Queries

  • The Builder

  • Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine




Search the archive for FREE  (not true - one has to pay for each view)!  ~  Whether you are a researcher, historian or you simply want to know more about Britain's history, take this fantastic opportunity to search this vast treasure trove of historical newspapers from your own home.




A series of fully illustrated guides to the monumental brasses of the British Isles by William Lack, H. Martin Stuchfield and Philip Whittemore.

                    Devonshire  -  This is the ninth volume of The County Series





                    Historical Records  -  Family History

                        Parish Registers

                            Parish Register List

                                    -A-  -B-  





                    Parish Books  -   Here is a list of all the Parish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Books that they publish.





Welcome to Durham Records Online! This service is intended to help genealogists find their ancestors in County Durham, England.   We are not affiliated with the Durham County Record Office or any other government office.





(article with links; some commercial)


DNA and family history are a match made in heaven - DNA is the biological story of your ancestry while the other is the narrative and facts of your ancestry (or your ‘ancestral story’).




Establishing DNA fingerprints for the purpose of determining ancestral pedigrees. Testing is available to both amateur and professional genealogists.





Everything to do with spices; an encyclopaedia of spices.

                    The Spice Trade, A Taste of Adventure  -  The history of spices is the history of trade (formerly 1837 online) is based in London, England and is part of Title Research Group and a sister company to Title Research an independent business which has existed for over 40 years providing genealogical research services to lawyers and corporate and public trustees around the world. Title Research provides a range of services endorsed by The Law Society of England & Wales and is also certified by the British Standards Institute as an Investor in People, with the total quality standard BS EN ISO 9001-2000 and with the standard for the secure management of information BS 7799 -2:2002.   As part of its day-to-day work, Title Research used to consult the microfiche version of the birth, marriage and death indexes extensively and then took the decision to make them available on the Internet and (formerly 1837online) was set up to do this.





provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

                    Devon  - 

                            A guide to the Manors of Devon  -  This resource links all the manorial units of Devon with the parishes in which they were situated, from Domesday Book (1086) to the abolition of copyhold tenure in 1922.


Emigration Schemes and Links  -  is designed as a guide to assist in locating sources for your family genealogy and history





This website brings you the historical records for the Parish of Hastingleigh.  Situated on the top of the North Downs in Kent, it is an ancient village pre-dating the Doomsday Book. There are also selected records from its neighbouring parishes and their hamlets.

                    Site Index  -  extensive

                    Calendars  -  The Julian Calendar




Digital Library


                    Memorials of old Birmingham. Traditions of the Old crown house, in Der-Yat-End, in the lordship of Birmingham. With some notice of English gilds.




a window into English history, 1216-1272


 Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and combining King’s College London’s Department of History and Centre for Computing in the Humanities with The National Archives and Canterbury Christ Church University, The Henry III Fine Rolls Project is a unique and pioneering enterprise which democratises the rolls by making them freely available in English translation with a sophisticated electronic search engine, the first medieval source to be treated in this way.

Between Magna Carta and the Parliamentary State: The fine rolls of King Henry III 1216-1272 and the project

A fine in the reign of King Henry III (1216-1272) was an agreement to pay the king a sum of money for a specified concession. The rolls on which the fines were recorded provide the earliest systematic evidence of what people and institutions across society wanted from the king and he was prepared to give. They open a large window onto the politics, government, economy and society of England in the hinge period between the establishment of Magna Carta at the start of Henry’s reign and the parliamentary state which was emerging at its end. This Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes the rolls freely available to a wide audience while at the same time, in the Fine of the Month feature, providing regular comment on their historical interest.





The information included in the India Office Family History Search website is taken from a card index hitherto available only at the British Library. The card index was compiled by members of staff at the India Office Records from the mid-1970s onwards to meet the growing interest in genealogy. Users should note that probably less than 10% of the biographical sources available in the India Office Records was incorporated into the index, although future additions to this website are planned. As the biographical information included in this website is only a small part of the total available in the archives, users may need to search elsewhere in the records.  Countries covered by the website - surprising!





The IHR provides resources for historians, including a major open-access library, digital projects, seminars and lectures, conferences, books and journals, podcasts, MA/PhD study ands research training.

                    Completed Projects

                    Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section





The Internet Archive, a non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

          A view of Devonshire in MDCXXX, with a pedigree of most of its gentry (1845)  





when transcribing old records.  Looks abbreviated but you need to explore the other links on this page.

Numbers and dates in old parish registers is also part of this site.






website is years old and is now (from 2009) undergoing a marked identity change. Its timeline material on economic history (for 1560-1930) is being moved to a website managed by Ken Cozens and Dan Byrnes, The Merchant Networks Project. This will empty many of this website's pages which have always been in series. In due course, Merchants and Bankers Listings will carry information from the Crusades on the early development of what became “capitalism” in Europe to 1560 or so. As well as a conglomeration of data on modern developments, mostly on modern/technical industry, computing, and for the future, today's climate change problems. The editor's view is that in the context of climate change, the views of Merchants and Bankers (and Economists), the keepers of matters economic, are due for a considerable shake-up. If this website can encourage the shake-up, and help inform it reliably, well and good.

The Cozens/Byrnes Merchants Networks Project  -  This website is a major excursion beginning with examinations of Merchant Networks in the general context of The British Empire during its first and second foundings. The outlook is international, though not exactly global.   Files on genealogy are being continually updated/improved. For a list of lineages we've inspected go to Genealogy and Contents





Search The National Archives and details of records held elsewhere.  Welcome to the search page for The National Archives. Most of your hits will be catalogue descriptions of historical documents held in The National Archives or in other archives. These documents are the primary sources for research, not fully worked-out information on topics such as Victorian Britain or the Crimean War. If you wanted this kind of material, have a look at our exhibitions and our education resources.


DocumentsOnline allows you access to The National Archives' collection of digitised public records, including both academic and family history sources. Searching the index is free, and costs £3.50 to download an image.


Royal Naval Division (1914 - 1919)


You can now search and download 50,000 records of those who served in the Royal Naval Division during the First World War. Until now these records have only been available on microfiche in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.


Academic Research Services and information

The records  - 


Whether you are a student, teacher, or are engaged in in-depth private study and they can help you with your academic research both on site and online.  The National Archives holds the government or 'public' records of the United Kingdom, England and Wales. They hold some private papers such as those of Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald. They also maintain the National Register of Archives which has information on British historical resources that are held elsewhere. Please be aware that some public records are held locally.


Unholy Crime


The material contained in record series HO 47 are the detailed reports on individual criminals for which the Home Office has requested further information, along with any recommendation for a pardon or other reduction in sentence, from the judges and magistrates (almost invariably those who initially heard the cases). Often complete with the initial petitions for clemency and other associated paperwork these are some of the most detailed criminal records of the period.


Services For Professionals


The National Archives is the central advisory body on the care of records and archives in all media from creation to long term preservation. These pages contain information for owners and custodians of records, archivists, special collections librarians, records managers and conservators.

Record Keeping Magazine  -  RecordKeeping is a quarterly publication from The National Archives for archivists, records managers, and all involved and interested in archives and records.  The magazine contains news, case studies and examples of best practice from The National Archives and the wider archives and records management communities.

                    Wills & Death Duties

                            Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384 - 1858)

                    Manorial Documents Register  -  The records noted in the Manorial Documents Register include court rolls, surveys, maps, terriers, documents and all other documents relating to the boundaries, franchises, wastes, customs or courts of a manor. Title deeds are not included in the Register.

                            Assistance with reading manorial records

                    Access to Archives - part of the UK archives network  -   A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Domesday Book is one of our earliest surviving public records, and the foundation document of The National Archives. You can now search and download images of Domesday online.

Landholders and heirs in inquisitions post mortem 1236-c.1640  -  An inquisition post mortem is not the same as a coroner's inquest, or the medical post mortem carried out after a suspicious death. Instead, it is a local enquiry into the lands held by people of some status, in order to discover whatever income and rights were due to the crown. Such inquisitions were only held when people were thought or known to have held lands of the crown.

Take-A-Break from your research and send some e-cards to friends or have fun doing the online jigsaw puzzles. 




Specialists in British and Irish Genealogy Research  -  Featuring comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books to browse.   Enter your ancestor's name begin your family research!





Explore your genetic roots using DNA based services.





The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) is a database which aims to provide structured information relating to all the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the late eleventh century. It is based on a systematic examination of the available written sources for the period, including chronicles, saints’ Lives, charters, libri vitae, inscriptions, Domesday Book and coins; and is intended to serve as a research tool suitable for a wide range of users with an interest in this period.

                    Welcome to the searchable PASE DATABASE





Parishmouse contains transcriptions from historical books that have been collected over the years.  The new site.

                    Little Wenlock The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672





Discover Shropshire's secrets. Explore the county's local history, natural environment and archaeological treasures.

                    Useful Dates  -  The dates used on the Secret Shropshire web site correspond to the following list of periods. Whilst it is appreciated that the validity of certain dates will always be debated, this timeline was followed throughout the site to ensure consistency.





The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. It is a charity whose objects are to "promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy".

                    SOGCAT  -   Welcome to SOGCAT, our on-line library catalogue, listing the holdings at our premises in London. The catalogue contains details of everything in the library except the Document Collections. SOGCAT is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Some of our databases are on-line and available on Findmypast and on SoG Data Online. To search other items listed on this catalogue, you must either visit the library or follow the link on the left to our search and copy service.

                    Essential Genealogical Links  -  covers a very broad range of worthwhile sites.





The Society has an enviable record in the field of publication of parish registers and it is now one of the few in existence still regularly printing parish registers in book form.
Registers Published  -  detailed here      





Manor Court of Tarleton 1577  -  Glossary of Terms, Place Names and transcription






Part 1:  Timelines - Resources for Minnesota Timelines from Park Genealogical Books

Every family historian finds a brick wall, sooner or later. Constructing a timeline and knowledge of available resources become the tools to remove them.


Part 2:  Using Timelines in Your Family History

Looking at using timelines to look beyond the specific family member to discover how that individual lived and made life choices.   





Do you have any London families?   A useful site that has a wealth of information and a good collection of maps from the 19th Century.





                    Archives & Local History  -  City of Westminster Archives Centre holds extensive collections relating to family, local, business and community history. Among our resources are: books, pamphlets, directories, newspapers, journals, maps & plans, over 60,000 prints, drawings & photographs, local government records from 1460, electoral registers, census returns, parish registers, and business archives




website also covering the Black Country


                    Anglo-Saxon England  -  The Saxons slowly migrated into the West Midlands from the north along the River Trent and its tributaries. They were colonising the area by the 6th century. A late seventh century document for tax assessment called the “Tribal Hidage” lists the dominant tribes in the area and suggests that the inhabitants were from the Pencersaetan tribe that took its name from the River Penk.


                    Genealogical Links  -  A list of useful sites that contain genealogical data. Note that some of them may require a payment before you can make much use of them.


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