10 Brilliant Websites for Researching Your British Family Tree
The Internet is a Great Resource for Family Tree Research
Researching your family tree used to be time consuming, costly and difficult. With the internet, it is now possible to make great inroads into discovering your family's past without ever leaving the sofa! Below is a list of all the genealogy sites out there that have really helped me. BUT - not all information is online and I do recommend visiting archive centres to get those extra details
I have been researching my family history for about 3 years, and have found over 1000 people going back to the 12th Century! I love all the interesting lives I have unearthed, from aristocrats, to scoundrels, to paupers. I am hugely proud of them all.
With a hectic job it can be hard to go to regional and national archives and libraries, so it is very useful to be able to use the internet as a resource for studying my tree.
The whole process of researching into my family's past has made me appreciate and value history much more. After all, I wouldn't be here today without them! I hope you find the family history websites useful and I want to hear about your favourites too.
Record Finding Websites and Tree Builders - Are you related to Royalty? Did your family emigrate on the Mayflower? Check out these websites and find your roots!
- Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records online - Ancestry.com
This is the world's largest family tree website. You do have to create an account (which costs, but is great value for money considering how many millions of records they have), and it is well worth it as it also helps you keep track of your growing
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
This is a huge list of genealogy sites on the internet, covering the majority of countries and the states/provinces/counties in them. With an A-Z list of everything you will ever need. This website is a huge help and can help you get through that bri
- The National Archives
The National Archives Access to Archives site is brilliant for searching for your ancestor through all local county archives as well as the National Archives. The National Archives have documents available to download online for a fee, which is helpf
- FamilySearch.org - Family History and Genealogy Records
I have often found birth, marriage and death records on here that I can't find anywhere else especially for records before 1800. It is free and easy to use
Newspapers and Free E Books - Did your ancestors make headline news?
- Internet Archive: Free Movies, Music, Books & Wayback Machine
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that gives free access to thousands of old books which have been scanned in and are fully searchable in various formats. This website has been invaluable to me as many of these books are now out of pri
- Google Books
Like archive.org, Google also has thousands of old books and documents available to view for free online. Some books you can only see a "snippet" view but sometime archive.org has the full book when google doesn't
- London Gazette
Visit the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes for insolvency data, public notices or honours and awards (for government, business or individuals). For datafeeds or honours see 'Services'. The archive is free to use right back to 1665.
- Home | Search the archive | British Newspaper Archive
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.
- Newspaper Archive
Discover online historical and genealogical newspaper articles, obituaries, local and international old newspapers archives at NewspaperARCHIVE.com. This website is best for searching American newspapers from the 1800s onward.
Useful Family Tree Forums
- CuriousFox UK genealogy message boards - villages, towns, local history, UK maps
An easy to use message board for anybody researching UK genealogy, family or local history. 50,000 counties, towns, villages and hamlets with message boards and links to the exact location on old maps and modern maps. This is a genealogy message for
- RootsWeb.com Home Page
RootsWeb - the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.