Family History - United Kingdom Related Links

1. English Parish Registers - OPC's
The above site lists the English counties where the On-line Parish Clerks projects provide for the transcription of historical records at parish level.
2. English Gazettes
This site allows you on-line access to the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes which are the Official Newspapers of Record for the United Kingdom. It is a cross-governmental resource containing information about many different categories and has supplements containing honours and awards, awards for valour, promotions, company law notifications, etc.
3. FreeREG
This objective of this site is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. As at 17 Sep 2013 the FreeREG database contained 4,232,514 Marriages, 12,690,009 Baptisms, 8,720,41 Burials. Click here to open their home page.
4. FreeBMD
FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales 1837-1983. As at 7 Sep 2013, the FreeBMD database contains 231,897,137 distinct records. Click here to open their home page.
5. FreeCEN
FreeBMD aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of 19th century UK census returns. As at 23 May 2009, the FreeCEN database contains 14,838,132 distinct records. Click here to open their home page.
6. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London
A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of nearly 200,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court 1674 to 1913.
7. English Newspaper Announcements
Not unlike the Ryerson Index in Australia, this site provides over 5 million family announcements from over 500 newspapers updated daily.
8. Manchester Burial records
This is an on-line index of burial records from the Manchester City Council which may be searched without charge. There is a small fee to pay to see the entry from the burial register. The free index gives the burial date, name of deceased, cemetery name, grave number and a listing of all the people buried in that plot.
9. Bedfordshire Marriage Records 1837-1901
This free website is provided by Steven Gibbs containing marriage records form the parishes of the Bedfordshire Registration District in England from 1837 to 1901. They were not included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and may not be available elsewhere on the internet. To search for a specific name or word use the following Google search structure: "site:http://www.sgibbs1.freeserve.co.uk --------" where "--------" is the word or name you are seeking.
10. London Lives 1690-1800
This site contains a searchable archive of 240,000 manuscripts from eight London archives containing over 3 million names. Whilst searching is free, you can register and create a personal workspace to link documents together and create biographies of eighteenth century Londoners.
11. Historical Directories
This site is a digital library of many local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1750 to 1919. It does not attempt to publish every directory available in this time due to funding constraints but does try to provide at least one directory for the 1850's, 1890's and 1910's. There are a smaller number of pre-1850 directories. All directories are fully searchable.
12. Gravestone Photographs
This site houses is a project to provide an international grave monument resource. It provides free copies of digital images of gravestones from all over the world but mainly England which has 888 cemeteries containing 123,154 graves and 246,760 names (as at Jul 2011).
13. History to Herstory - Celebrating the lives of women in Yorkshire.
This project began in 2003, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, West Yorkshire Archive Service and its partners, the University of Huddersfield, The Bronte Society, Hull Local Studies Library, and Leeds City Council Libraries. Together they have selected over 80,000 archive pages illustrating women’s lives over 800 years. These women were rich and poor, privileged and unfortunate, led traditional and pioneering lives and made a huge difference to their family, friends and wider society. The site is free to view and has digitized letters, diaries, medical case notes and much more.
14. Non-Conformist Registers
This site of the official non-conformist and non-parochial BMD's service in UK. It holds the records of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial taken from non-parish sources. These include Methodists, Wesleyan, Baptists, Independents, Protestant Dissenters, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, (Quakers (Society of Friends), Dissenters and Russian Orthodox. It also has maternity records, overseas records some early birth registers together with various other BMD records. This is a pay to view site however, you can perform searches and will be able to view search resulkts with the event year (not the date). (Thank you John Workman for bringing this site to my attention).

 

 

 

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