Of course, if you are searching English records, you’ll need to turn to the site that specializes in UK genealogy research: FindMyPast. While the site’s collection of US and Canadian records is growing, the real treasure is all the English, Welsh, and Irish records they have in their collection. You can find all their records in their A-Z list.
3. Get familiar with the available records. Knowing what is available and when will save you time and keep your efforts from being wasted by hunting fruitlessly for a record that doesn’t exist – or isn’t yet online. Instead, by knowing what is available, you may know there’s an alternative record that you can get the same information from and put your effort in where it’s more likely to be rewarded. Start with the FamilySearch Wiki to learn about researching in the British Isles.
4. Put the “re” in research. Continue to evaluate and explore what you have learned and what documents you have already. Sometimes, those older documents will shed light on a problem once looked at with a fresh eye. Have you gotten all the leads and information from your census and vital records? What about those passenger lists and naturalization records?