Ethnic Heritage Toolkits

Ethnic Heritage Toolkits

British Roots


About the Family Records Centre

<> How to order records from England. You can also write to the center at 1 Myddleton St., London EC1R 1UW, England.

Access to Archives

<> Search here for records from Britain’s National Archives. You can’t read the actual records online, but you can find out where to get them. Includes records from mental hospitals, child welfare offices and workhouses.

Administrative Regions of the British Isles

<> See how the boundaries of the UK’s administrative divisions have changed overtime.

Alan Godfrey’s Old Ordnance Survey Maps

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

Books We Own — England

<> Volunteers list the genealogical books they have access to; they’re willing to look up your request for free.

British Heritage

<> Magazine celebrating all things British.

Certificates in England and Wales

<> Information on ordering birth, marriage and death certificates. Click on “by Post, telephone, email or fax” for instructions on how to apply. Write to: General Register Office, Box 2, South-port, Merseyside PR8 2JD, England.

County Record Offices

<> Links to sites for individual English counties.

Cyndi’s List — England

<> More than 700 links to English genealogy sites.

Debt of Honour Register

<> Search 1.7 million records of Commonwealth soldiers who died in World Wars I and II, plus 60,000 civilian casualties of WWII, at this easy-to-use site that usually gives personal, service and burial details.

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.

First Steps in Family History

<> The Federation of Family History Societies gives good basic tips about researching genealogy in the UK.

General Register Office for England and Wales

< asp> Learn how to obtain a copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate from the General Register Office by mail. Or check here before your journey to the UK and learn how to research at the Family Records Centre.

GENUKI — English Genealogy

<> Virtual reference library on genealogy in England, with a wealth of information on history, places and records.


<> Looking for someone in the United Kingdom? This site, dedicated to helping you find your long-lost relative or friend in Britain, includes searches for e-mail addresses, phone numbers, surnames and message board posts.

On-Line Historical Gazetteer

<> Search for statistics from the 1911 census for England and Wales, by civil parish.

Ordnance Survey

<> Britain’s national mapping agency.

Ordnance Survey Landranger Search

< cfm> Search for locations.

Public Record Office

<> Online catalog of the largest repository of original English documents. Other useful resources here include Family Fact Sheets <> and Records Information Leaflets < htm>.

Research Outline: England

<> How to research English roots at the Family History Library, plus maps, census worksheet and guide to the 1881 British census.

United Kingdom Mailing Lists

<> Huge list of Internet mailing lists (listservs).

UK Street Maps

<> Online street maps for greater London and road maps for the rest of the country.

Yahoo! UK — Genealogy

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


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

The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers by Cecil Smith-Humphrey (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 (St. Martin’s Press)

Genealogical Research in England’s Public Record Office: A Guide for North Americans by Judith Prowse Reid (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

The A-Z Guide to Tracing Ancestors in Britain by Pauline A. Saul and F. C. Markwell (Genealogical Publishing Co.)


British Isles Family History Society — USA

2531 Sawtelle Blvd. PMB 134 Los Angeles, CA 90064 <> Site includes a guide to research, publications for sale and links to more.

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.

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History

Box 3115 Salt Lake City, UT 84110 <> Publishes ISBGFH Newsletter.

Society of Genealogists

14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Rd. London EC1M7BA England <> Check out the society’s bookshop and online information leaflets.
From the Winter 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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