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Sites that can be currently searched online free for: Births, Marriages and Deaths and other info. Scroll down for some Irish and Scottich sites. Please remember, record collections are not necessarily complete.

BMD Registers - A searchable facility for non-conformist BMD's
Family Search - Various dates (some very early) and beyond. Coverage over a large number of countires.
FreeBMD - 1837 - 1974 and beyond in some cases. Coverage England and Wales.
FreeREG - Various dates from the 16c and beyond. Coverage, United Kingdom; England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
FreeREG2 - Updated version of FreeREG
UKBMD - Local Births marriages and deaths. Some Burial, Census and other info. Worth checkng out.

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.
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 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.

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
Gravestones - [England] Photographic resource.
Gravestones - [Wales] Photographc resource.
Hampshire OPC - Baptisms, Marriages, Burials [Lists].
Immigrants - England 1330 - 1550, searchable facility.
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.
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
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)
Sussex OPC - Read 'Main Resources'  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.



1821 Census - Fire destroyed a lot of archived census material in 1922, so info is limited. 1831-1851 is also available on Family Search with further reduced info.
1901 & 1911 Irish Censuses
 - Search facility
Births and Baptisms - 1620-1881 [Family Search].
Cemetery Records - Search by county.
Cemetery Records - Alpha lists.

Civil Registration Indexes
- Family Search.
Convicts - 1788-1849 transported to New South Wales.
Cork - 1845, Directory. Alpha list. In .pdf format.
Dublin - 1850, Directory. Alpha list.
Griffiths Valuation -1847-1864. Based property valuations, excellent source of info [lack of censuses]. Searchable database.

Irish Genealogy
Various searchable indexes.
Marriages - 1619-1898, Family Search, searchable facility.
Petty Sessions Court Registers - 1828-1912 [Family Search]
Prison Records - 1790-1924 [Family Search].
Public records of Northern Ireland. Various searchable databases.
RootsIreland - Searchable database.
Tithe Applotment - 1814-1855. RoI [Family search]. Searchable.
Tithe Applotment - 1823-1837. National Archives of Ireland. Searchable database.
Wills - 1858-1929 [Family Search]
Wills and Administration - 1858-1922 [National Archives of Ireland] searchable.


Gravestones - Photographic resource.
Immigrant Ships - Depearting from Scottish ports. Includes ships and some passenger lists.
Poorhouses - Summarised lists which includes the 1881 census in most cases.
Post-Office Directories - Online books or download as a .pdf
Scotland Births - [Family Search] Maybe either/or Births/Baptisms, 1564 - 1950
Scotland Marriages - [Family Search] 1561-1910
Scotlands People - Essentially a PAY SITE, but you can search the indexes for free and it will say there are matches. There are a few free facilities.

Scottish Indexes - (Graham Maxwell Ancestry) 1841 - 1861 censuses and a number of other searchable indexes.
SCTBDM - Scotland BDM site, read the page this is linked to before going to 'Site Search'

Shetland Family History - Searchable facility and more.
Wigtownshire - Old Parish Records.
- 1513-1925, 'soldiers wills' also on foot of same page.


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