Begin your family history

Family History Help – If you are new to family history start with one of the family history guides listed or contact your local family history society or library. It is important to understand one of the fundamental rules of genealogical research. Begin with yourself and work back generation by generation documenting the relationships as you go. Please remember that genealogical information found on the Internet and elsewhere should always be crosschecked with the original source documents or records wherever possible.

Internet Help – If you are new to computers and/or the Internet use one of the online tutorials listed in this category to help you learn how to use the Internet efficiently so that you can tackle family history research online.

FamilySearch Wiki – Organizing your files

This article details a simple system for organizing your family history files. There are links to alternative filing system descriptions and a five minute video titled ‘Organize Your Records’. New

Cyndi’s List

A comprehensive free categorized and cross-referenced list of links for genealogical research worldwide. Currently there are 295,000+ links in 205 categories.

Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Irish Genealogy Toolkit by Claire Santry is a free and independent guide to finding your Irish ancestors. There is up to date research advice plus a vast amount of information on genealogical resources in Ireland.This includes a two part guide…

Findmypast – World Records

The commercial site Findmypast has a vast collection of world records. These include:• UK BMD Records – A large online collection of UK parish records, 1.5+ million records• US Marriage Records – These span 360 years with 450+ million names•… – Worldwide is a subscription-based genealogy research website with 5 billion+ records online. Some records are free but most require a subscription to access transcripts and/or digitised images of the original records. A variety of subscription options are available, including Pay…

National Archives of Australia – Research Guides

National Archives of Australia’s Research Guides – You can browse and purchase copies from the online shop or download them for free from this site. Guides available include: • Twenty seven research guides covering immigration (British, Chinese, Jewish, child), foreign…

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…