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10 Brilliant Websites for Researching Your British Family Tree

Updated on September 20, 2014
Tree of Life
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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.

Green Repository at The National Archives
Green Repository at The National Archives | Source
"Material in the New Orleans city archives (177181765)"
"Material in the New Orleans city archives (177181765)" | Source

What Family History Stories Have You Discovered?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love and family research - it isn't necessarily for the weak hearted though - be prepared for surprises.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I've always said I wanted to do this. This gives me a great place to start and some great resources. Thanks

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens! I love researching our family history and learning how it connects with the world. It makes me feel that much more involved and a part of a larger community. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Back to the 12th century, awesome! I've never done a family tree search other than family Bibles, it seems like the resources are now in place for everyone to research to their hearts content.

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      puerdycat lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for this! Another genealogy devotee signing in, I love all the history around my genealogy so you see some in my work here. So many things I've discovered make sence of the parts I knew.

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      JenaleeMortensen 7 years ago

      I have found books on family members. I've discovered there is a California State Park named after one of my ancestors and a California State Trail named after one of my husband's ancestors. I have lines that go way back. One line even has Old King Cole in it. My mother had done a lot of our family history and I inherited what she had done, but I have discovered a lot more with the internet.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      I've spent many happy hours researching my family tree - I can't claim to get back to the 12th Century like you can unfortunately, but I've found so many fascinating people on my searches and still have way more questions than answers.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Very interesting lens! My aunt has been researching our genealogy for decades. Now she uses the computer (in her mid-80's!!) to do much of her research.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      I always had a thing for learning more about my family.. i always throw my hubby off explaining how a said person is related to me etc... and its amazing how in some way or another i end up related to pple who used to be just school friends etc... learning your family history is important and fun!

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      My mother and I are addicted to - it's an absolutely amazing site with access to the widest range of records world-wide. We've been researching our family tree through that site for several years now. In fact, it's a bit unfair to my father who originally began the work on our family tree before we discovered the online sources. He spent hours upon hours visiting records offices, calling family members, and hunting down paper documents and then mom and I came along and with one site we found 10x the info he'd been working so hard to find.

      I like the fact that on ancestry you're notified when another tree overlaps yours. We've connected with several distant relatives this way. To be able to see your ancestors documents online - their signatures, employment information, and records of their travels immigrating from one country to another is purely fascinating.

      Nice overview on a great set of resources and good luck with your own family tree!

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      callinsky lm 8 years ago

      I've thought about doing a family tree. I never have because it alwasy seemed that it would be too hard. It's very neat that you've taken the time to work on something like this and share it. Thank you.

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      teatree 8 years ago

      This is a great resource. Don't forget interviewing elderly family members too, as part of your quest to record family history. They usually have all the anecdotes and family legends that make it all come alive!

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Useful link resource for family tree research!

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      Addy Bell 8 years ago

      That's a lot of really useful information.

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      Good resource for genealogy websites! (: