Resources and databases

Historical Directories of England & Wales

This collection of digitised trade directories is part of the University of Leicester’s Special Collections Online  and covers England and Wales from the 1760s to the 1910s.  This site replaces the Historical Directories website, withdrawn in March 2014. This site…

Victorian Crime and Punishment

This is a searchable database of 20,000+ prisoners from Bedford, Huntingdon, Cambridge and Ely gaols. Digitised images of original archive material and photographs are included if available. There is background information on the gaols, life inside a nineteenth century prison…

Victoria County History – England

The Victoria County History was founded in 1899 as a national project to write the history of every county in England. It is one of the world’s longest-running research projects, exploring England’s rich local history. Use the alphabetical list of…

RootsChat.com

An easy to use messaging forum for those researching family or local history. The focus is on Ireland and the British Isles. There are 4.1+ million postings available.

The Genealogist

Offers online searches of census, birth, marriage, death & parish record indexes and directories. A range of subscription options offer access to the records and images.

Connected Histories – British History Sources 1500-1900

This site brings together 25 major digital resources for Britain. It offers sophisticated searches by names, places and dates. There is a short video guide to introduce you to the key features. Many of the sites are free sites. Those…

Family Deeds

The Family Deeds Project provides a large amount of free online information by offering free transcriptions from old deeds and documents held in their collection. There are name index and counties of England  index searchers available. It is also possible…