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Best New UK Online Genealogy Databases
8/7/2012
Have the London Olympics sparked your UK genealogy interest? You can take advantage of the many free and fee-based websites offering UK records. Start with our picks for the best new and expanded British record collections for English, Scottish and Welsh research.
As the world turns its attention to London for this summer’s Olympic Games, you might find yourself fantasizing about exploring the United Kingdom—or at least your roots in England, Scotland or Wales. Luckily, genealogists don’t have to pony up for a plane ticket or even scroll through microfilm to find ancestor answers: You can take advantage of the many free and fee-based websites offering UK records. Start with our picks for the best new and expanded British record collections. (A "$" indicates a paid-access website.) 

Censuses

The UK National Archives, in association with findmypast.co.uk, hosts the most recent census open to the public. You can view the handwritten forms your ancestors filled out, complete with their signatures. Searching is free; it costs about $1.85 to view a transcript of a full household and $5.50 to view a census image.
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