Neal relations at Cuckoos Cup, The Wrekin

Research Links Useful websites for family history purposes

Links to useful material are compiled mainly as they crop up in Cutlock & Co research (with help from Who Do You Think You Are magazine and other sources). General articles on the site will also have related suggestions.

Research help elsewhere on Cutlock

UK data and trees

Paid subscriptions are needed to do anything much here, but check for 14 day trials, any free access offers, etc.

Other less well-known British sites, with their own particular range of databases:

  • The Genealogist continues to develop significantly, with census, BMD, nonconformist records etc. plus less standard stuff such as tithe maps, poll books, the 1910 ‘Domesday’ survey. There’s a connected family tree site, TreeView.
  • Deceased Online has burial and cremation records for the UK.

Also available:

  • MyHeritage – tree building/genealogical social network. They now also own WorldVitalRecords, with millions of historical records (mainly USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada) and what they claim to be the world’s largest collection of historical newspapers.

General Archives

Generally free, although there may be some charges.

  • Internet Archive Finding old material online, not just old websites. Out of copyright and copyright-free text (books) could include works of interest.
  • National Archives Directory of archives has web and contact details for the vast range of record repositories in the United Kingdom, listed geographically.
  • National Archives themselves, based at Kew. The centre for official records (if the documents you want aren’t held locally, try here).
  • Historical Directories – a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.
  • GENUKI (UK and Ireland Genealogy) has helpful info on sources of records across the British Isles, and is worth a browse for other info, such as a map of pre-1974 counties.
  • AIM25 – archives in London and the M25 area. A project “to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area”.
  • FamilySearch – UK records (a Mormons-run site). A mixture of transcriptions, browsable record images and finding records held elsewhere. Also a ‘global’ family tree facility .

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Discussion forums

There are plenty of places online where you can post requests for help, raise issues etc. Which ones work for you can depend on the topic and definitely depends on the helpful people who may change in availability as their interests evolve. It also helps to phrase queries clearly with plenty (but not overwhelming) details on names, dates, places, events etc. On most forums anyone can browse/search but you need to register to post queries.

  • Rootschat has helped crack a few problems for me. Make sure you find the right area (board) to place your request/info.
  • on Facebook Some useful official announcements and chatty help from subscribers.
  • Ancestry message boards. Again it pays to find the right place to post.
  • Genes Reunited has a Community discussion area which some people obviously like. Wouldn’t be my first choice as I don’t particularly like how the site works.
  • British Genealogy Forums Supported by Parish Chest, you need to subscribe (free) to use this.

Online help

  • GenGuide Descriptions of and information on genealogical sources (records) – occupations, emigration, census, civil, parish and property registers etc.
  • Professional genealogical research help (at a cost) via Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. Also check Expert Genealogy website.
  • FamilySearch has a useful research wiki – not just about its own record collections.
  • GenealogyInTime has an “ancestral search engine”.
  • Connected Histories Use to search across a number of digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain (started 2011). Some sources require subscription, higher education or library access.


There are official archives and history centres in most English (and Welsh?) counties. There are also loads of local projects, transcribing and collating information from parish registers and other sources from their patch. Rootschat is a good place to find more (and to ask for help).

Quite a few of the links below are sourced from Who Do You Think You Are magazine, which features an area each issue.

Multiple places

  • Victoria County History “an encyclopaedic record of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day”.
  • Vision of Britain 1801 to 2001 – maps, statistical trends, historical descriptions (including from well-known writers).
  • Parish registers – Ancestry and FindMyPast are competing on putting online transcriptions and images of parish registry entries (baptisms, weddings, burials) around the country, and other local sources (such as workhouse, nonconformist records).  An out-of-date and incomplete list:
    • Ancestry: London, Liverpool, (West) Yorkshire, Dorset, Ireland. And various smaller extracts.
    • FindMyPast: Manchester, Cheshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire; much of Wales, plus many smaller sets in England counties.
  • Also check Online Parish Clerks Links on UKBMD, which connects to various local volunteer initiatives on collecting parish-based genealogical information. Sussex OPC has a simpler list of county OPC projects around England.
  • Society for One-Place Studies (international);  One Place Studies Directory (mainly UK?).
  • Find local family history societies below or via Family History Federation (was Federation of Family History Societies).

East Anglia

For Norfolk, see Cutlock & Co page.

East Midlands

Home Counties, including Essex

Lancashire and Cheshire, north west


  • London Lives 1690-1800, “crime, poverty, social policy” and “A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.”
  • Museum of London collections.

Northumberland, Durham, Tyneside

South East England

South West England

West Midlands



Also see Rhondda, Mid-Wales and South Wales pages on Cutlock and Co.






Gedcom tools

As I spotted a few, a quick collation.

  • GEDxlate “quickly and easily translates genealogy data from standard GEDCOM format into MS Access dB (*.mdb), MS Excel Worksheet (*.xls), comma delimited (*.csv), and text file (*.txt) formats”.
  • genMerge “Find and merge duplicate records in genealogy files”.


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