I will continue to add as I come across useful links. See also Regional Links and Useful FamilySearch.org URLs.
- Find an Archive in the UK and Beyond – although the website is from the UK National Archive, it covers archives worldwide, so a very useful resource
- Determining Elapsed Time (between 2 dates) and Perpetual Calendar (determining which day of the week a date was)
- Nominex Surname Variants – useful site to find variant spellings of surnames
- Ahnentafel Numbers (Wikepedia), Decoding Ahnentafel Numbers (Steve Morse), and Ahnentafel numbers are not as mysterious as they seem (Annelise Graebner Anderson) – the latter is an archived version on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- Brigham Young University Family History Library – a mixture of documents and links
- Measuring Worth – to assess the value of British Pounds money in the past to today's money (or any other year from 1245-2012)
- Cousins Chart – provides a chart showing cousins and cousins removed
- Your Family Tree Explained (3:59) – YouTube video, explaining how to work out about levels of cousins, cousins removed, and various other family members
- History Timelines – a wonderful collection, allowing your own family's timeline to be seen alongside historical events, includes:
- England History Timeline (55 BC-1952; includes all the monarchs, although there is a separate one just for Kings and Queens)
- History of Scotland Timeline (55 BC-1746)
- Timeline of Wales (70 AD-1485)
- Canadian History Timeline (1000-1982)
- Australian History Timeline (1768-1945)
- History Timelines of the USA (includes American History Timelines, separate timelines by each state [links provided on main USA page], Civil War Timeline, Wars of America Timeline)
- Timeline of World War I and Timeline of World War II
- Old Occupation Names – from the Hall Genealogy Website
- Dictionary of Old Occupations – from Family Tree Researcher
- List of Occupations – from RootsWeb
- Victorian Occupations
- Ranks, Occupations, Professions, and Trades – from GenDocs
- Genealogical Abbreviations and Acronyms – from GenDocs
- International Genealogy Sleuth – list of useful genealogy links from ProGenealogists.com
- United States Genealogy Sleuth – list of useful genealogy links from ProGenealogists.com
- Country Specific Genealogy Research Websites – list of useful genealogy links from ProGenealogists.com
- Filter Ancestry record hints via a specific database (so only hints from a specific database are shown): http://hints.ancestry.com/tree/XXXXXXX/hints?hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=YYYY, putting tree number where the X's are and the database ID where the Y's are.To find the database ID, search for it in the Card Catalog, then mouse-over the name and the database ID will show up up in the bottom left of the window.
- www.dobsearch.com – People Finder: Name Search / D.O.B. (Date of Birth) Search / Address Search. Useful for US searches to locate people and other addresses. Don't miss the small D.O.B. link (bottom right) if you know the date of birth. DON'T PAY ANY MONEY FOR MORE INFORMATION. You can take the information from the free preview and do the searching yourself on sites such as www.spokeo.com, www.peoplefinders.com, etc.
- www.fastpeoplesearch.com (free), www.searchpeoplefree.com (free), www.truepeoplesearch.com (free) www.pipl.com, www.zabasearch.com, and https://secure.publicrecords.com/people-search.html – VERY USEFUL and free, throwing up all sorts of information on people you may be trying to track down
- AncestorSearch on Google Search by Randy Majors (see his Blog Posting for details)
- Two amazing websites from Peter Higginbotham, both containing fascinating information: The Workhouse and Children's Homes
- Wonderful sites covering England and Wales registration districts and parishes:
- Detailed high resolution map of England and Wales Registration Districts and Divisions (1881)
- Jurisdictions in England (1851) from FamilySearch
- UK BMD's resources: Registration Districts in England and Wales
- Dual dates/double dates: change from Julian to Gregorian calendar occurred in England in September 1752, with the last Julian date being 2 September 1752, and the following day, 14 September 1752 being the first date on the Gregorian calendar – 11 days were "lost" in September 1752. At that time, the first day of the year changed from Lady Day (25th March) to 1st January. See Steven Morse's website Converting between Julian and Gregorian Calendar in One Step.
- Census in table format: see Profile
1939 National Register
- The National Archives guide to the 1939 Register.
- FindMyPast article Understanding 1939 Registration Districts, which includes a complete list of the 4-digit letter code locations.
- Search on 1939 Register: Enumeration District Piece Numbers (KiwiTrees) – these are the letters stamped on each page. The search provides the corresponding piece number.
- The Learn About These Record section on the search page at FindMyPast provides an explanation of some of the abbreviations.
- Can order an official extract of records from Scotland for £15 – see Here for details on how to order.
- Rootstech 2021 Webinar by Linda Hammond: The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 England and Wales National Register. The handout (link to Word document) includes some of the abbreviations found.
- For those who preferred "old search" to "new search": How to Simulate Old Search using Category Exact Mode and Improvement to Category + Exact Mode – I do like to be able to search on a range of dates, rather than being limited to fixed limits and only up to +/- 10 years
- Free Databases on Ancestry – includes the 1880 and 1940 US censuses, 1881 UK census, Birth/Marriage/Death Registers of the UK, and a range of others
- To search for hints on a specific Ancestry database: https://www.ancestry.com/hints/tree/XXXXXXXX/hints?hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=YYYYY, where XXXXXXXX is your tree number and YYYYY is the database number.
Find My Past Links
See How to Get the Best From FindMyPast and FindMyPast Tips Update for articles from LostCousins.com on using the new website (changed in 2014).
I'm listing here some links for searches I use a lot, with the "best" format for search fields doesn't necessarily show up initially:
Other requests/questions for FMP:
I'm listing here some links for searches I use a lot, with the "best" format for search fields doesn't necessarily show up initially:
- 1939 Register – Released in 2015, FMP is the only website to have this record set. A useful tip for changing the visually unattractive blocks of black (for locked records) is in this Lost Cousins article.
- England and Wales Births 1837-2006 – this allows a search on mother's maiden name (as in the past – although does not allow for name variants), and what is better than previously, allows filtering on more than one county.
- England & Wales Marriages 1837-2008 – this allows searching on spouse's name, BUT ONLY THE SURNAME – it was very useful to be able to search on FIRST NAME in the past, as often the wife's maiden name is unknown (but the first name known based on census information), and to have the option for specific start and end dates, rather than year variance (i.e., Year +/- X years), as was available previously. It would also be useful to have "name variants" option for spouse's name, as well as separate fields for first name and surname, as available previously. There is a more generic way of searching for marriages on Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records, where one or more filters can be added to cover Marriages, and in the box "Optional Keywords", first name will work (location can also be added here) – HOWEVER, although there are boxes for Year of Birth (+/- variances) and Year of Death (+/- variances), there is no box for Year of Marriage (with a variance), and although one specific year can be added to the "Optional Keywords" box, you can't add a range of years. And there doesn't seem to be any way of searching for a spouse's name with name variants. So this is again a frustration that there are 2 ways of searching for marriages, each of which has advantages and disadvantages, and yet there is no one place where everything can be done quickly and efficiently, and it doesn't seem to be possible to replicate the search that could be done efficiently (and with a more helpful output) on the old website format.
- England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007 – FMP has switched the order that the dates have to be entered and for searching for a death, it would make more sense to have the year of death to appear before year of birth, and to have the option for specific start and end dates, rather than year variance (i.e., Year +/- X years), as was available previously.
- England, Wales & Scotland Censuses, with the maximum number of fields for specific searching, including searching on address, occupation (needs to be exact), county, registration district, condition, relationship, etc., but the old search also allowed for another name in the household to be searched on, and it seems as though this is no longer an option when looking at one specific census (although it is when doing a search on all censuses, although other fields then aren't available!). Censuses by years: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 – and also Search All UK Censuses. [Note to self: Ask FMP where the "known issues with censuses" page has gone to – the Wayback Machine has the useful Knowledge Base outlining Known Issues with the 1841-1901 Censuses, which indicates missing pages and lost areas, but it would be better if FMP added back the link in an obvious place.]
- British Newspaper Collection
- Anglesey: Baptisms, Marriage Banns, Marriages, Burials
- Caernarvonshire: Baptisms, Marriage Banns, Marriages, Burials
- Cheshire: Baptisms: Diocese of Chester Parish Registers (1538-1911), Baptisms: Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (1576-1906), Cheshire Marriage Licence Bonds and Allegations (1606-1905), Marriages: Diocese of Chester Parish Registers (1538-1910), Marriages: Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (1576-1906), Burials: Diocese of Chester Parish Registers (1538-1911), Burials: Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (1576-1906), Cheshire Wills and Probate – note that Lancashire records are included within Diocese of Chester, which may not be obvious to many people
- Cornwall: Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, Memorial Inscriptions
- Cumberland: None
- Devon: Baptisms, Banns Registers (1538-1915), Marriages, Burials
See also Coverage of Devon Parishes, which also has links
- Lancashire: See Cheshire records (Lancashire records appear under Diocese of Chester); Lancashire Parish Records
- Montgomeryshire: Baptisms, Marriages, Burials
- Shropshire: Baptisms, Marriage Banns, Marriages, Burials – unlike other records, these have a Browse feature, to allow moving from page to page throughout the record set (apparently that is to come for other records too)
- Scotland: None
- British Newspapers (1710-1953) – download and print of articles is currently disabled (see Here), but hopefully will be back soon
- Boyd's Marriage Index (1538-1840)
- Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books (1598-1933)
- UK Electoral Registers (2002-2014)
- 1939 Register Enumeration Districts – some great tips on using the 1939 Register are from Lost Cousins Newsletters Here and 20 Feb 2016
- Starting Out with the 1939 Register Webinar (24 Feb 2016)
Other requests/questions for FMP:
- Why are the source citations so very poor? (This was an issue with both old search and new search.)
- Where are the FindMyPast TV Show videos? And where are the Tutorial Videos?
Records and Products
- How to Obtain Copies of Probate Records (England and Wales) after 1858 – available by mail, costs £10 (from late April 2014, up from £6)
- Anguline Research Archives (UK) – "An organisation dedicated to bring rare books on CD at an affordable price, to the local history researcher and to the family history researcher". Electronic versions, largely sorted by county, are available, but some cover all counties, e.g., Paupers in Workhouses Ordered by The House of Commons (1861) and The Historic Stillbirth Register (1551-2005) [NOTE TO SELF: Place some orders for Cumberland, Devon, Lancashire, Cheshire!]
- 1911 Census Key to Birthplace Codes and 1911 Census Occupation Codes
- Instructions for Enumerators on 1841-1901 UK Censuses
Genealogy Software and Charts
- CreateFan.com – Now accepts GEDcom files (which can be created from all family tree programs, as well as from trees on the Ancestry website), whereas previously you had to have all your ancestors on FamilySearch.org (I don't). They have my favorite fan chart available anywhere, which covers 9 generations. It's free to use, and you can create a (free) PDF of your chart. You can also produce a 9-generation pedigree chart. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I wasn't able to create a PDF when using Chrome as my browser, but had no problems using Internet Explorer. Unfortunately this website seems to have gone off-line.
- WinGeno – Free software to create diagrams of family constellations in form of genograms.
- Charting Companion Family Tree Charts (for GEDcom, Family Tree Maker, etc.) – I bought this for the unique Trellis Charts, Fan Charts, and also for the variety of Options available. I like their fan charts better than any other software I have seen, both ancestor and descendant fan charts. They also have options to color-code for X-chromosome inheritance (with really nice fan charts), and will allow both Y-DNA and mtDNA descendancy charts and reports, which are incredibly useful for identifying distant cousins with DNA that is relevant to you and your ancestors.
- My Tree and Me – modern family trees, many suitable for children (I ordered Petals Aplenty as a gift for a baby girl and it is amazing)
- Modern Trees – another company for modern family trees, with very clean lines ("less is more") designs
- My Circle Family – and another company with modern family trees, allowing customization (including that of size), with the purchased output being electronic (JPG file) allowing freedom of the number of prints and the material you print on
- Fan charts at Genealogy Fan Charts
- Family Chart Masters
- i (chart) you – another company where the output is an electronic file (for $25), allowing you to have it printed wherever you wish
- SmartDraw – software that looks great for making diagrams (not just for genealogy), but seems rather expensive
- The Bailey’s Free Genealogy Forms and Charts – blank forms and charts. I particularly like their Pedigree Fan Chart, which holds 8 generations (255 people), but this may need to be blown up, as it's difficult to fill in the 8th generation. Don't miss my blank Pedigree Chart and X-Inheritance Charts in Microsoft Word (and PDF) on the Downloads tab.
- Blank Canadian Census Forms – useful for all the headings
- Olive Tree Genealogy – Links for genealogy research in Canada
- Library and Archives Canada
- Immigrants to Canada
UK and Ireland
- Find a Will (UK) – New probate search service for on-line download of the following: Wills and Probate 1858-1996, Wills and Probate 1996 to date, Soldier's Wills. Each costs £10 to download and they are available ~10 days after placing the order; have 31 days to download.
- Blank UK Census Forms – useful for all the headings
- The National Archives Online Historical Population Reports – provides a wealth of information on the UK Census, including enumerator instructions, maps, etc.
- Occupation codes on 1911 UK Census (also available at www.findmypast.co.uk/content/expert-1911-occupation-codes)
- Birthplace codes on 1911 UK Census (also available at www.findmypast.co.uk/content/expert-1911-birthplace-codes)
- A Vision of Britain Through Time – A gem of a website with a great collection of topographic, boundary, and land-use maps between 1801 and 2001, which complement historical descriptions drawn from historical gazetteers, census records, etc. records to present a vision of Britain. It works even for small villages (I've tested many where my ancestors lived). Once on a place, don't miss the link for Historical Photographs on the left (obviously they don't go back to 1801!). The site includes detailed data on every British election since 1832 and travel writings from 1188-1854.
- Churches within X-mile Radius (UK) – can be filtered by distance, denomination, presence of graveyard, and can even add a particular year. Don't miss the link at the top left to view the locations plotted on a Google map.
- National library of Scotland Maps – covers the whole of the UK, not just Scotland
- Church Plans Online – plans of UK churches [Note to self: Check and download]
- BMD Certificates – Excellent set of webpages on Birth, Marriage, and Death certificates in England and Wales, including how to order them from the General Register Office and Local Registration Offices
- Old Occupation Names
- List of available 1801-1831 Censuses – list of those available and their location (I need to try and get to the Liverpool Record Office for the 1801 Census)
- Churches of Britain and Ireland, by Steve Bulman
- Research Outline for the British Isles (Brigham Young University) – a mixture of information pulled together. Check out the guides for Illegitimacy, Baptisms, and Using Record Offices
- Finding your Irish Ancestors – Online Resources
- Deceased Online – This is a fairly new website and has a lot of potential, but at the moment the coverage is rather sparse. Can search registers by Country, Region, County, Burial Authority or Crematorium free of charge, and then as either pay-per-view or via subscription, access computerized cremation and burial records, digital scans of cremation and burial registers, photographs of graves and memorials, cemetery maps showing grave locations, and other occupants in the same grave.
- Association of British Counties – "is a society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing importance of the 92 historic (or traditional) counties of the United Kingdom."
- The Gazette – a really key publication, available free, for accessing news and information in the UK, including bankruptcies, awards and accreditations, and wills/probate. A beta version is also available for an updated website.
- British Newspaper Archive – has doubled the amount online since the 4 million available when the website launched in November 2011 and now (May 2014) has >8 million, spanning 1710-1954.
- Blank US Census Forms – useful for all the headings
- IPUMS Enumerator Forms and Instructions (US) from 1850
- Following your Family using Census Records (PDF)
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 (available with an Ancestry.com subscription) – List those who died in the 12 months before the official census day, which, for the years containing mortality schedules, was June 1st. This means you'll find those who died from 1 June 1849 through 31 May 1850 in the 1850 mortality schedule; 1 June 1859 through 31 May 1860 in the 1860 mortality schedule, etc. See Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules for more information
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 (available with an Ancestry.com subscription) – available for >21 States. This include agriculture, industry/manufacturers, social statistics, and supplemental schedules – and even if your ancestor wasn't a farmer, it's worth checking the agricultural schedule.
- Finding Ages, Related Persons & Locations and Finding Birthdays and Related Persons in One Step – YIKES, there is a lot of Public Information readily available on-line here in the States – but I can see some uses in genealogy, especially for identifying the living and their siblings, parents, and children. I've tried a few names for people I know and can readily find information on them (but actually, very little on me, which I like!)
- Decoding US Social Security Numbers (identifies state of issue from the first 3 numbers)
- Advanced Background Checks – useful for finding your living relatives, names of spouses, etc.
- City Directories of the USA
- US Online Historical Directories
- Don's List of Directories – excellent list from a variety of states
- United States Online Historical Newspapers
- Types of US Naturalization Documents
- Online Searchable Birth/Marriage/Death Records Indexes for the USA
- Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
- State Archive Sites – links for the various state archives
- Historical Atlases and Maps of U.S. and States – fantastic resource with maps of all the States at different years
- German Genealogy Group of New York – useful birth/marriage/death/naturalization databases for New York city, and not just for Teutonic records
- United States Naturalization and Citizenship – FamilySearch Wiki article
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
- Legacy.com – has obituaries and "in memoriam" information from 1930's to now (free)
- What War Did My Ancestor Serve In? – has a handy cheat-sheet for the range of birth years that veterans would have been eligible (but some people fibbed, either to be able to enlist when they were outside the age range, or to get out of having to go to war)
- Large number of wonderful old photos including Birkenhead, Liverpool, and West Kirby plus Wirral History and Pictures and Liverpool During the Industrial Revolution
- English Heritage Historic Photographs
- A Vision of Britain Through Time – once you have searched on a place, there is a link for Historical Photographs on the left
- Old Maps UK
- Vision of Britain: Maps
- Ordnance Survey Maps - Six-inch England and Wales, 1842-1952 – these have been digitized by the National Library of Scotland and are amazing
- 86,000 Maps of Scotland, the earliest I noticed being from 1560 (also from the National Library of Scotland)
- NLS Historic Maps of England, Wales, and Scotland – this is an amazing free website from the National Library of Scotland where 19th century ordnance survey maps can be overlaid with modern maps or Google aerial photographs. I like the side-by-side view (see tab at bottom left) of a historic map and Google Hybrid or Bing Hybrid view, or a modern-day map
Check out Information about Information about LostCousins and FAQs for more information about how it works and what you need to do. They have a few short articles that are useful, especially for those new to researching their family history in the UK (besides being useful for using their website):
- Tracing Your British Ancestors
- Search the Census – indicates sites for checking the Census for free
- Marriage Regulations
- Hints and Tips
- FamilySearch's International Genealogy index (IGI)
- Using Batch Numbers to Unlock the Secrets of the IGI
- How to Simulate Old Search on Ancestry.com – some people seem to like the old search on Ancestry.com, which has now been replaced, and this shows how to simulate it
- Knitted Double Helix Scarf Pattern – for the crafty genetic genealogists!
- Create your own Who Do You Think You Are Timeline, just like the UK version of this TV series, complete with the recognizable music – for free
- My Genealogical Will – Genealogical Will to My Last Will and Testament
- Custom Tombstone Maker – this could have some uses on websites. Others available from the same person: Custom Road Sign, Custom Wedding Sign, Custom Novelty Prescription Maker, Custom Medal, Custom Eye Chart, Custom Receipt, and Custom Cake Message.
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