English Heritage Resources

By Paul Milmer and Linda Jones Premium

Find it on the Web


Ordnance Survey <>: Britain’s national mapping agency.

Ordnance Survey Gazetteer < lrmsearch.cfm>: Search for locations.

Alan Godfrey Maps <>: Catalog of detailed maps from the late 19th and early 20th century.

UK Street Maps <>: Online street maps for greater London and road maps for the rest of the country.


British Isles Family History Society-USA <>: Includes a guide to research, publications for sale and links to more. You can also write: 2531 Sawtelle Blvd. PMB 134, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Federation of Family History Societies <>: Every county has a society that is a member of the federation; most produce a useful journal and have additional research resources.


FamilySearch <>: Under “England,” you’ll find the LDS Research Outline for England, maps, census worksheet and guide to the 1881 British census.

GENUKI <>: Virtual reference library on English genealogy, with a wealth of information on history, places and records.


Public Record Office <>: Online catalog of the largest repository of original English documents. Other useful resources here include Family Fact Sheets <> and Research Information Leaflets <>.

Family Records Centre <>: How to order records from England. You can also write: 1 Myddleton St., London EC1R 1UW, England.

Office for National Statistics <>: You can download a form for ordering birth certificates by mail (order only the full certificate, not the “short” certificate). The address for correspondence is: General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD, England.

County Record Offices <>: Links to sites for individual English counties.


Family Tree (UK) <>: Not to be confused with the US-published magazine you’re holding in your hands, this is the leading British-interest genealogy publication.

British Heritage <>: Celebrating all things British.


Cyndi’s List <>: Some 500 links to English genealogy sites.

Yahoo! <>: More than 2,500 genealogy-related links.

UK Mailing Lists <>: Huge list of Internet mailing lists.

On the bookshelf

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England by Frank Smith (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers by Cecil Humphrey-Smith (Phillimore, out of print)

Basic Facts About Using the Family Records Centre by Audrey Collins (Federation of Family History Societies)

Never Been Here Before? A Genealogist’s Guide to the Family Records Centre by Jane Cox and Stella Colwell (PRO Publication #17)

Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History by Mark D. Herber (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

An Introduction to the Census Returns of England and Wales (Federation of Family History Societies)

The Family Tree Detective: Tracing Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Colin D. Rogers (Manchester University Press)

From the June 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine