Resources and databases

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.

Ancestor-search.info

This well designed gateway site aims to provide all the basic links for those tracing their English and Welsh ancestors. It describes the main sources of information in clear understandable terms. There are lots of useful hints and tips. A…

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…

The National Archives UK – Digital microfilm

The National Archives Free online records: digital microfilm. This guide lists and provides access to the records which are available to download as digital microfilm. They cover a wide set of subjects, from military and naval records to Foreign Office…

Ancestry.com – UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878-1960

This collection of passenger lists is fully indexed with digital images available. It contains 16+ million names from the Board of Trade (BT26) passenger lists of ships arriving in the United Kingdom from foreign ports outside of Europe and the…

The Peerage

This site, by Darryl Lundy, is a genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain and the royal families of Europe. This ongoing site currently lists the details of 699,208+ persons.