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Here are a few genealogical links to guide you to some of the more useful information on the internet.

1. MAPS and ROADS

Victorian London A-Z Street Index - The third phase of Gendocs Victorian London Street Index is now complete and contains over 61,000 references. (Link to main Gendocs site below)

2. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SITES

FamilyRecords.gov.uk - This site, provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium, aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research. A very good place to start for basic information. Links to all Government Genealogy sites.

1901 Census for Great Britain - Note that java, javascript & cookies all have to be available.

A2A - Access to Archives allows you to search and browse for information about archives in England, dating from the 900s to the present day. These archives are cared for in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions across England, where they are made available to the public.

Public Record Office - More than 850,000 Probate Wills from 1610-1858 (PCC wills dating back to 1670 have been completed). Free access to indexes but copy of a will costs 3.00. An alternative starting point is here. Details for the PRO at Kew can also be found on this site.

3. GENERAL INFORMATION SITES

Genuki (UK and Ireland Genealogy) - Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Do not confuse this free site with others using a similar name.

Ancestry.com - Mixture of some free but mainly pay for data. Surname searches. Mainly American data. Some free searches available. The pay site has all the censuses from 1851 to 1901. The 1841 census will be available very soon.

UK Genealogy Ring - Links to 182 mainly UK Genealogical Sites.

Cyndi's List - Links to over 250,000 worldwide genealogical sites! Updated regularly.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox - Another site including over 70,000 links to genealogical resources on the Internet, news and articles and a lot more.

FreeBMD - The FreeBMD Project's objective is to provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The Civil Registration system for recording births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales has been in place since 1837 and is one of the most significant single resources for genealogical research back to Victorian times. The FreeBMD Database had over 112 million unique records at March 2006.

FreeCEN - FreeCEN aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns. The first databases are now available and consist of mainly parts of the 1841 & 1891 censuses. More data will be added as it becomes available. Approximately 7 million records at March 2006.

FreeREG - The FreeREG Project's objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK. There are only a few million records in the database at present and the search facility is not yet working. (No data at March 2006)

Cheshire BMDs - The Family History Societies in the county of Cheshire are collaborating with the local Registration Services to make the indexes to the births, marriages and deaths available free of charge on the internet. The database will eventually cover Cheshire births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 1950. There are currently about 3.3 million records (June 2004). Cheshire remains the only county to make its local indexes of births, marriages and deaths accesible through the Internet

FamilySearch - The LDS site with a large database, general information and software mostly for sale but with some free (eg. PAF - Personal Ancestral File). Free searches of the UK 1881 census are available on the site.

Federation of Family History Societies - The new site from the Federation of FHS. Member societies are supplying data which is put online and made available to everyone at 5p to 10p per entry. The site works in a similar way to the 1901census site - You either purchase a voucher or use your credit card. They have 48.5 million records at June 2004.

Middlesex Parish Records - A database containing parish marriage records in Middlesex, England between 1563 and 1895. The data came from books at the Gainesville University Library West in Florida.

RootsWeb - Hosts some of the best known Genealogical sites on the Web. It hosts our site! They have now "merged" with Ancestry.Com. Hopefully everything will remain free.

Gendocs - Gendocs has a lot of general genealogical information for England and Wales. They also carry out paid research or obtain BMD certificates etc.

Genfair - The Online Family History Fair - "Publications, services and other products of Family History Societies and Genealogy Suppliers in the UK". Now purchased by FFHS Publications Ltd.

The Parish Chest - New, online genealogical shopping site which now stocks Hillingdon FHS publications, as well as products of other Family History Societies.

Gloucestershire Record Office - The Gloucestershire Record Office have an online catalogue database as well as lots of Gloucestershire information. This site appears to have suffered when the county reorganised its website.

1837 Online - This site has online images of the complete Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to 2004. They charge from 5 to 10 pence per page. However, to get the 5p rate you have to spend 120! The site is very useful for people who cannot get to a library or records office and for those living abroad, but there is a drawback. Pages are only indexed by the first three letters of the name. This means guessing which page the required name is on and can mean accessing more than one page to find the one you want. The site also has the full 1861 census and various military records.

Ancestor-Search.Info - This site is "a reference type web site aimed principally at guiding newcomers to genealogy on where to seek information on their English and Welsh ancestors in a systematic structured way."

Genealogy Specialists - Tracing Our Past, Discovering Our Genes (TOP DOG) is a free Family History forum where members can share research and offer mutual support in tracing their ancestors. Although a mainly British forum, queries are welcome about ancestors wherever in the world they may have been.

4. LOCAL INFORMATION

Ruislip On-Line - Local information for Ruislip including picture gallery

HayesMiddlesex.com - Local information about Hayes and Harlington. Includes pictures and information about modern and bygone Hayes and Harlington

Uxbridge Local Studies Library - The Local Library for Hillingdon which contains a large amount of information and some very helpful staff. It lists, amongst other things, family history resources available at Uxbridge Local Studies Library.

5. FAMILY HISTORY / GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Federation of Family History Societies - Has details of all the Societies in Great Britain and other societies around the world

The Society of Genealogists - Offers a combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations.

London and North Middlesex FHS - One of our neighboring societies

West Middlesex FHS - Another society adjacent to our area - In fact overlaps our area!

Buckinghamshire FHS - The third society adjoining our area

Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society - Not to be confused with the previous entry!

Middlesex Heraldry Society - This Society is for those who enjoy exploring heraldry, ancient and modern.

6. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

A List of Occupations - A very useful list of occupations. Most of which are archaic. Approximately 1500 occupations. This is on the ScotlandsPeople site.

Archaic Medical Terms - This is an excellent site that provides an explanation of all those archaic medical terms used on death certificates together with lots of other medical information for the layman.


Hillingdon FHS
Last Update 12 June 2013. (All links checked. General update.)
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