Again at an early stage of my family history research, I found www.genuki.co.uk very useful. It is a virtual reference library of genealogical sources for the UK and Ireland,
and covers every county in the UK with information on parishes, churches, libraries, family history societies, registrars, etc. Well worth exploring.
I have also made use of the free sites www.freecen.rootsweb.com and www.freebmd.rootsweb.com, as an alternative to the subscription sites.
Family history is so much more than names and dates, and the availability of online information endless - here is a brief list of sites that I have found very useful in helping to tell the stories of my ancestors' lives.
Not forgetting the websites of local archive centres, local family history societies, local history societies etc. etc. - and of course Google!
- Looking for original archive material? Go online to http://www.nas.gov.uk/ (National Archives of Sctoland) and http://www.scan.org.uk/ (Scotish Archive Network). They both provide gateways to collections of original archive material, searchable by name and place, with much more besides such as source guides, glossaries, old handwriting, etc. I traced 18th property records relating to my husband's ancestor, merchant Samuel Donaldson. I don't find the site and the online catalogues the most user-friendly, but these are essential sites for researching Scottish local and family history.
- Where and how did your Scottish Ancestors live? Browse through www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk for Information about Scottish places past and present. The site also features Farm Horse Tax Roll 1797-98, and the Clock & Watch Tax Roll, 1797-98, Land Ownership Commission Report 1874, listing owners of land, and Medical Officer of Health reports from 1890. A quirky collection which might produce some fascinating results.
- Have you found a British ancestor described in a census return as a "pauper"? If so, click onto www.workshouses.org.uk It offers a comprehensiveive look at the operation of the poor law, buildings, inmates, staff and administrators and Includes pages with 1881 census return. A very good portrayal of workhouse life.
- Was your ancestor a Scottish architect? Then take a look at www.codexgeo.co.uk/dsa, a database providing biographical information and job lsits for all architects (principals, assistants and apprentices) known to have worked in Scotland 1840-1940.
- Looking to calculate British relative money values across the centurie? Try www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency/
- What was life like in Victorian Britain? www.bbc.co.uk/history/British/Victorians provides very useful background to the 1841-1901 census records.
See Also: Paid Genealogy Sites