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Explore Your English and Welsh Heritage

Welcumen! Croeso! From the best websites to records advice, find everything you need for your English genealogy journey. Plus, learn how to trace your Welsh roots with tips from our genealogy experts.

Note: The majority of these articles relate to English and Welsh ancestor research specifically. Click here to see articles and resources covering a broader scope of United Kingdom records and research tips.

 

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English Genealogy Fast Facts

Key Dates in History

1066
Norman Conquest of England
1536
Henry VIII unites England and Wales
1607
England’s first American colony established at Jamestown
1620
English Puritans land in Massachusetts on the Mayflower
1707
England, Wales and Scotland form United Kingdom
1818
Regular Liverpool-to-New York City passenger service begins

Vital Records Kept

In England and Wales, vital records (birth, marriage, death) are called "civil registration" records. Civil registrations recorded in one national system began on July 1, 1837.

Best Records for Genealogists

Census Returns (1841)
Civil Registration (1837)
Parish Registers (1813)
Probate Records (1858–present; prior to 1858 held in church courts)

Immigration Waves

First Wave: 1861-1880
Second Wave: 1881-1900
Third Wave: 1901-1920

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