Family Tree Resources

Family tree resources available in England Wales and Scotland, both free and paid for.  A comprehensive list of UK genealogy resources in alphabetical order.

The first four websites are the most useful websites providing free family tree resources including a free index of UK births, marriages and deaths from the start of compulsory registration in 1837, free transcripts of an increasing number of church baptism, marriage and burial records from 1538 onwards, free transcripts of UK Census returns between 1841 to 1891.  The fourth website listed also provides transcripts of an increasing number of UK and worldwide family tree resources.

  • FreeBMD  provides a free index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales for the period 1837-1992.
  • FreeCEN provides free access to transcripts of the UK Census every 10 years from 1841 to 1891.
  • FreeREG provides free access to transcripts of baptism, marriage and burial records extracted from church records in the UK from 1538 onwards
  • Family Search provides a free search of over 4 billion genealogy records and it is the largest genealogy organisation in the world.

Some of the following family tree resources are available free, but others only allow a search of their databases but with the full results having to be paid for.  Still others provide a mixture, some family tree resources being free, whilst other family tree resources having to be paid for.

  • Ancestry  is a paid membership website containing a growing number of family tree records.
  • Anglo Boer War provides free transcripts of the records of over 500,000 soldiers, who fought in the Anglo Boer Wars and other South African conflicts between 1779 and 1906.
  • Bath Ancestors is produced by Bath Record Office and includes a searchable database of over 76,000 records of people who lived in and around Bath between the years 1603 and 1990.  It includes records of court and police records,  Copies of documents found can then be ordered for a small fee if you are unable to access Bath Records Office yourself.
  • Billion Graves website contains searchable images of the text on cemetery headstones.  It allows you to view the gravestone or headstone to obtain all information that may be on the image, and it provides the coordinate location of the headstone itself.
  • Bristol and Avon Family History Society provides burials lists, monument inscriptions, and family trees for the Bristol area.
  • British History Online is a digital library of key primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800.
  • British Newspaper Archive offers a searchable record of British Newspapers since the 1800’s.
  • British Pathé provides access to the filmed Reuters news reports from 1910 to 1979.
  • Census Finder  provides a directory of free census records in the UK, USA, Canada.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides free access to transcripts of war memorials and graves for 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth who died between 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921 and 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947 as a result of the First and Second World Wars.  Over 67,000 civilians are also commemorated.
  • Cyndi’s List is a comprehensive, categorised and cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research websites.
  • Curious Fox  is a genealogy messaging website which allows you to post searchable messages about ancestors or locations you need information about.
  • Deceased Online allows you to search UK and Irish burial authorities and crematorium records free of charge.  Whilst searches are free, there is a pay-per-view or subscription charge to view more detailed information.
  • Dursley Glos Web is a local history guide to the town of Dursley in Gloucestershire.  It lists historical streets, shops, public buildings, churches, schools etc.
  • Dusty Docks is a searchable directory of links to other websites that contain English Baptism, Marriage and Burial records between 1538 and 1900.
  • Find A Grave provides transcripts of over 170 million headstones and memorial.
  • Find A Will is a free UK Government service which allows you to search for the will or probate of any person in the UK who died between 1858 and the present day.  It also allows you to search for Soldier’s Wills; wills written by soldiers who died whilst serving in the British Forces between 1850 and 1986.
  • Find My Past is a paid membership website containing a growing number of family tree records
  • Forces War Records is free to search but you need a subscription to view the records.  It holds a large number of military records including army, navy and air force lists, medal recipients lists, prisoner of war lists,  lists of those killed or missing in action, military hospital admission lists, discharge lists, etc.
  • Forebears is similar to the Dusty Docks website.  It provides a searchable directory of links to other websites containing family history information.  Searches can be done to find information for individual towns or counties.
  • Foxearth is the website of the Foxearth and District Local History Society in East Anglia, and it contains newspaper and photographic archives and other archive material about East Anglia.
  • General Registry Office is the official HM Government General Registry Office website providing official information about British births, marriage and deaths.  It provides a free search of the birth, marriage and deaths index dating back to 1837, and the information found on the index can then be used to purchase actual copies of birth, marriages and death certificates.
  • Geni is a collaborative genealogy site which is attempting to create a world family tree.
  • GenUKI is similar to the above Cyndi’s List website, in that it provides a comprehensive, categorised and cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research websites.  However its links are more directly relevant to UK and Ireland Genealogy.
  • Gloucestershire BMD Indexes is the official Gloucestershre Record Office where birth, marriage, and death records can be searched for.
  • Interment Net  is a free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world.
  • Jewish Gen is a resource to help those with Jewish ancestors find information about their family.
  • Know Your Place provides historic maps of the south-west of England.
  • London Lives gives information on 240 London documents between 1690-1800’s and allows searches for names.
  • Long Long Trail is a website dedicated to helping you discover the British Army and its soldiers of the First World War.  It provides information on how to research an individual soldier, and information about individual battles and battlefields.
  • Lost Cousins  website allows you to upload a copy of an old census which contains details of one of your direct relatives.  Anyone who has updated the same census report must be a direct relative of yours, and the site allows you to get in touch with one another.
  • Monnouthshire Genealogy Website  contains a searchable database containing over 416,000 entries to help family historians and genealogists whose research interests cover the ancient county of Monmouthshire, Wales
  • National Archives  is the UK Government National Archives website providing a free search of over two and a half thousand archives across the UK.  Once located it is usually required to visit the location of the record to view it, but some records are available for download. There is also comprehensive information about the UK Census.  What information was collected each year, how to reference them, why they were taken etc.  This is on the National Archives Census Guide.
  • North Wales BMD North Wales births, marriages and deaths searchable index
  • Old Bailey Online  is a fully searchable site containing details of almost 200,000 criminal trials held at London’s Central Criminal Court between 1674 and 1913.
  • Our Criminal Ancestors  provides a useful starting point for anyone looking to explore their criminal ancestry between 1700 and 1939.
  • Red Cross Archive provides a searchable index of the ten million first world war servicemen or civilians who were captured and sent to detention camps.
  • Roll of Honour  contains photographs and transcripts of UK war memorials and rolls of honour
  • RootsChat is one of the largest free family history forum sites in the UK
  • Society of Genealogists  is a paid for membership organisation which then provided access to online records and information.
  • Soldiers of the Queen is a searchable index of soldiers, sailors and nurses of the Queen in the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899 to 1902, and points to publishes sources to help identify their unit or regiment.
  • Special Collections Online is a University of Leicester Special Collections Online site providing searchable free access to digital resources from various Leicester libraries and historical books and archives.
  • The Gazette has been the UK’s official public record for the past 350 years, and the website provides access to official notices, records of national events, and special supplements.
  • Tythe Maps of Wales  These maps cover 95% of Wales,  Tythe Maps were used so that users of land could be listed and taxed.
  • Tthe Maps South West  Tythe maps of the counties of South West England.
  • UK BMD is a directory site which provides links to other websites that contain transcripts of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses.  The sites linked to usually charge to view the content transcribed.
  • Vision of Britain Through Time  from 1801 to now includes historical maps, statistical trends over times, and historical descriptions.
  • Welsh Journals Online  is a free resource which allows you to search and access 475 welsh journals published between 1735 and 2006.
  • Welsh Newspapers Online  is a free resource which allows you to search and access 120 welsh newspapers prior to 1910.
  • Who Do You Think You Are  is in association with the TV programme and family history magazine of the same name.  It provides information, tips, and a forum, for those engaged in family tree and genealogy research.
  • WikiTree  is similar to the above ‘Geni’ website.  It is a collaborative genealogy site which is attempting to create a large single family tree.
  • Worksworth Parish Records  provides records from 1600-1900 for the greater Worksworth area of Derbyshire including Worksworth and Matlock.

The above list of family tree resources is far from complete, and we will be adding further resources to the list from time to time.  Our hope is that over time the above list, and the accompanying pages, will grow into a comprehensive list of family tree resources available in the United Kingdom