An online records bonanza makes now simply the best time to discover your roots in England.
f you're among the estimated 25 million Americans with English ancestry, there's never been a better time to explore your roots. Along with such sites as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, your British cousins have gone on an online genealogy records spree. In fact, you can do so much genealogy research from your home in the States that you don't have to go on that dream trip to England to discover your roots there (but we won't mention that to your other half). These resources and research tips will acquaint you with your English ancestors.
We think of English arrivals in America as dating to the Mayflower and Jamestown, and it's true that England supplied a majority of the Colonial population. But even into the first half of the 19th century, English immigrants to the United States trailed only Germans and Irish. They actually outnumbered the Irish in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.