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Ancestral Research

Note: Links on this page were last checked 27/01/17. Bad links were removed.

General Info:
Please remember, collections may not be complete. 

1841 - 1891 Censuses - (LDS version) United Kingdom & Ireland records (includes Scotland).
Bargemen - On the Thames, extended areas covers parts of Norfolk and Suffolk. Includes family history info [names] and other info.
Bath Burial Index - Large searchable facility, well worth checking.
Bedfordshire Gaols - Register, searchable 1801-1879, ongoing and updated regularly.
Cambridgeshire BMD - Searchable index from the Cambridgeshire FHS.
Cemetery Records - UK and others.
Central Criminal Court - [London] searchable database 1674-1913.
Cheshire Burials - Monumental Inscriptions Cemeteries and Graveyards. Lists towns and highlights those that have available records to view.
Cheshire Directories - A collection of Cheshire Directories, downloadable in .pdf format.
Cornwall OPC - Search Cornwall BMD's
Cornwall Parish Register Index - Seachable facility, you can check the coverage.
Cornwall Poll Books - From 3 parishes for 1710, 1774 and 1790, in list form. Other info on the site's home page.
Deceased online - Index is free to search.
Derby Gravestones - The owner has photos of graves/stones list on the site.
Derbyshire - List [large] of various databases, well worth a look.
Directories - Historical directories of England and Wales [University of Leicester]
Dorset OPC - Over 1.6 million individual records
Dorset Poll Book [A-K] - Lists for 1807. [L-Z] 
Durham Records Online - Free searchable index and more.
DustyDocs - English Parish Registers online.

Forest of Dean - [Family History Trust]. Gloucestershire and surrounding borders. Need to register to search, but it is a simple process.

FreeCEN - Censuses 1841 - 1891.
GENUKI - UK & Ireland Genealogy. Included because of its vast guidance and info.
Gloucestershire - Search areas around Berkeley and Thornbury
Gloucester Genealogy - County Coucil archive searchable site.
General Register Office - [GRO]. Search birth and death indexes [1837-1916] for mother's maiden name [bitrths] and ages [deaths]. You will need to subscribe [free].
Gravestones - [England] Photographic resource.
Gravestones - [Wales] Photographc resource.
Hampshire OPC - Baptisms, Marriages, Burials [Lists].
Immigrants - England 1330 - 1550, searchable facility.
Isle of Man - BMD, searchable  indexes. [Indexes only]
Joiner Marriage Index - Pre 1837. Essentially a PAY Site, but it will produce match confirmation for searches.
Kent Archeological Society - A large number of resources, well worth a look
Kent [Mid] - Marriage index 1754-1911.
Kent OPC - Good parish/family history site.
Lancashire Convicts - Database, searchable
Lancashire OPC - Search Lancashire BMD's
Leeds Poll Book - [Yorks.] 1868, Alpha' lists.
Leicestershire - Wymeswold Parish Registers 1560 onwards.
Liverpool Poll Book - 1832, alphabetical lists.
London - British History Online [BHO]. Inhabitants of London 1638. Looks quite a comprehensive work. Seachable facility within the work.
London Gazette - Searchable newspaper
London Lives - Crime, poverty and social policy 1690-1820, searchable database.
Marriage Locator - A work in progress for England Wales, pin down where the marriage took place.
Middlesex Marriage Records 1563 - 1895 - Not necessarily complete, read what the owner has to say, then scroll down.
National Archives - Would recommend browsing and checking out 'help' when suggested/offered.
Norfolk Transcription Archive - The search facility has been disabled so this link takes you directly to the surnames page, just takes a little longer
Norfolk Cemetery Records - Cemeteries with lists of burials.
Nottingham Poll Book - 1754, includes other voters and non-voters.
Oxfordshire Marriage Bonds - 1634-1849 in .pdf format. Read the intro first.
Sheffield Indexers - Various searchable indexes
Shropshire - A large number of PR's on this site, including NC and RC registers.
Somerset (West) - Transcriptions (Parish registers)
Sunderland Parish Surname Indices - Durham Images site. A large amount of work gone into this and cleverly carried out.
Sussex OPC - Read 'Main Resources'  first
Sussex Parish Registers - From Family Search, searchable facility
Sussex West - Database of Poor Law records. Please read the intro first.
UK Census Online - Only the Index is free to search, but is a nice working product, 1841 - 1911. Also has Civil Reg. BDM's.
Warwickshire OPC - Read 'Home Page' first.
Welsh Wills - Proved in the ecclesiastical courts before 1858, searchable database. In Welsh.
Westminster Poll Book - 1749. 93,000 names listed
Westmorland Wills - [Now Cumbria]. Lists of abstracts of wills in Alpha order.
Wills - 1384-1858. From the National Archives. Free to search the index.
Wills - Find a will/probate for people who died after 1858, searchable database, index is free to search. 
Wiltshire Polls of 1772 - Index of freeholders.
Wiltshire Wills - 1540-1858. The index only is free to search.
Wolverhampton - And districts. A large number of parish records in .pdf files, scroll down to see them.
Workhouse [1861] - Epsom, lists employees and inmates.
Workhouses - A large number of workhouses and staff/inmates for 1881 on this site. Also some Poor Law info.
York Assizes - Index of prisoners brought to trial in York, 1785 - 1851.



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