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.

The National Archives UK – Research Guides A-Z

Pick a letter of the alphabet to browse this index to the National Archives extensive collection of research guides. Use these guides to discover how to find and understand the records. TIP: These hyper-linked guides are a quick and easy…

The National Archives UK

The National Archives is the UK government’s official archive where you can: • Use the online catalogue, Discovery to download digitised records (small fee) $$ covering: Army and militia; births, marriages and deaths; census and other national surveys; courts, criminals…

Lost Cousins – Putting Relatives in Touch

This UK site enables you to find other people who share the same ancestors. It does this by comparing the information you enter about your ancestors with the information that other members have entered. It is free to search and…

Guild of One-Name Studies

A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to researching a particular family. This site offers an online search where you can check if a specific surname…

GENUKI- Surname Lists

GENUKI – Surname Lists. This site has links to 30+ surname lists for various counties in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales plus the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These lists provide details of surnames being researched by individual family…

What’s in a Name

This site details the origin of personal names or first names. It lists name variations, pet names, diminutives and abbreviations that you may find on genealogical databases and old records. This developing site has begun with Scottish names but Gaelic…

FamilySearch – Family Tree

Family Tree offers a new way to organise and preserve your family history research online. It is freely available to everyone but you will need to sign in before you can start. Family Tree allows you to: • See what…

Graham Jaunay – Ancestral & Local History Research

This site features Free Help Pages with information and indexes for South Australian research arranged in the following categories: links, benchmarks, cemeteries and burials, censuses, chronology, electoral rolls, law and order, leaders, migration, newspapers, parish registers, property, repositories, shipping, trades…

GENUKI – UK & Ireland Genealogy

This gateway site and virtual reference library offers free access to a vast genealogical collection. This is a great site for research help and detailed information with data arranged geographically. There is regional page links for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales,…

FamilySearch – Ireland Genealogy Wiki

This Wiki has a wealth of Irish information, and links, for all levels of researchers. It includes country information, getting started, Ireland research tools with links to resources and information arranged by record type and much more. There is a…