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- Here is a selected set of recommended general textbooks on UK and Ireland genealogy and family history. (Books relating to particular regions and topics will be found listed on other appropriate GENUKI pages under the relevant headings, elsewhere in this information service.)
- The British Isles section of the LDS Family History Research Wiki contains extensive advice, and much detailed research guidance, concerning UK & Ireland genealogy.
- One very useful concise guide to researching British ancestry at a distance, A-Z of British Genealogical Research, whose text was prepared for the Compuserve Genealogy Forum, has been edited for inclusion here by permission of the author, Dr Ashton Emery.
- The series of Gibson Guides are a valuable guide to the various different types of genealogical record source.
- The Chapman Record Cameos are another very useful and authoritative set of guides for both beginners and more experienced researchers tracing their roots in England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
- The Society of Genealogists provide a set of general "Hints & Tips"::-
- Understanding Sources, Citations, Documentation And Evaluating Evidence In Genealogy, by Richard A. Pence.
- Is the Answer in your Genes? - an an expanded version of the article by Debbie Kennett first published in Berkshire Family Historian in September 2008.
- Chris Pomery's DNA & Family History pages.
- Genetic Genealogy - an annotated bibliography
- Really Useful Sources - "prepared for the benefit of newcomers to family history and to the Manchester and Lancashire FHS"
- If you are researching British or Irish ancestors from beyond the British Isles, you may find GENUKI's Researching from Abroad page useful.
- DustyDocs provides a very useful and comprehensive set of links to free genealogical websites , for each UK parish, giving links into transcripts of parish registers, memorial inscriptions, etc., where available, and to maps, church photographs, and more.
- There are a large number of listings of the surnames being researched by various Internet users. Details can be found under "Genealogy" on the appropriate GENUKI county pages, and there is also a listing of all the Surname Lists available.
- The Origins Network - a subscription service, that, in cooperation with the Society of Genealogists, provides online access to "comprehensive and exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books."
- Ancestry.co.uk - a subscription service offering online access to a very large collection of records: census, BMD, probate, etc.
- FindMyPast - Previously known as 1837Online, FindMyPast enables subscribers to perform online searches of "military records, census, migration, occupation directories, and current electoral roll data, as well as the complete birth, marriage and death indexes."
- Origins UK - a subscription service that provides access to "a wide range of in-depth, obscure databases with extensive research guides and glossaries".
- Researchers may be interested in the Irish and United Kingdom GenWeb Project .
- Resources for adopted children and birth parents wanting to contact each other, provided by ukbirth-adoptionregister.com .
- Finding People - list of useful links from Bedfordshire Libraries.
- The Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a "a free-content encyclopedia created by its readers" (i.e. a specialised, and as yet rather modest, equivalent of Wikipedia), which though general in its genealogical scope can be expected to grow to contain more content of particular relevance to UK genealogy.
- UK Genealogy Online provides access to a number of indexes, some free and some on a subscription or paid basis, with a number of trading names and websites, specialising in Wales.
- Family History UK is "the latest FREE UK family tree, genealogy and ancestry community portal website, connecting ancestors and living relatives all over the UK".
- Lookup UK - "Resource Centre for finding that Lost Friend or Relative in the UK"
- Stephen van Dulken's listing of Free Databases for Genealogical Searching.
- The Original Record - a (subscription) search service based on 2500 "rare and Interesting genealogy sources . . . containing over 10 million entries relating to families in the British isles and colonies".
- Original Databases UK - a free service, containing two databases: the General Historical Database (GHD), and the Photographed Monuments and Inscriptions Database (PMID), with information (100,000 items as of October 2006) from photographed gravestones, family Bibles, memorial cards, parish magazines, various school, church, and military publications, as well as other documents and ephemera.
- Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) - "a database which aims to cover all of the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the end of the eleventh century", provided by Kings Colege London and the University of Cambridge.
- British Family Bibles - "Many bibles contain important genealogical material. However in Britain many of these bibles have been (and still are being) destroyed at an alarming rate, since booksellers can only sell them as bibles - not as genealogy. . . [The purpose] of this site: To transcribe and add to this site the records from British Family Bibles as they become available; To acquire unwanted British family bibles and transcribe their contents - we seek contact with booksellers and other people who happen across these bibles; To offer for sale family bibles as available."
- UKGDL - "genealogical directories and lists on-line for UK family history and genealogy".
- Familypedia - a large general semantic wiki for genealogy, now containing a growing amount of material related to the UK & Ireland.
- Online Parish Clerk schemes - a listing.
- According to the current Wikipedia definition "One-place studies are a branch of family history and/or local history with a focus on the entire population of a single road, village or community, not just a single, geographically dispersed family line"; the Register of One Place Studies provides a listing of OPS schemes in England and elsewhere, as does the Society for One-Place Studies.
- Genes Reunited - "The UK's largest family tree and ancestry website" (subscription)
- Family Search - from the LDS: "the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world"
- Ancestry OneWorldTree - "OneWorldTree takes family trees submitted by Ancestry members that were "stitched" together with family trees and historical records from other sources. OneWorldTree identified probable name matches between these sources and now displays consolidated results in a worldwide family tree that can help you with your family history research." (subscription)
- WeRelate - "the world's largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 350,000 people" (as of June 2007)
- A large number of Discussion Groups exist covering various parts of the country. If your research interests cover one of these areas, then joining the appropriate group is highly recommended.
- Curious Fox - a "village by village contact site for anybody researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland"