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We have tried to make this page a "One Stop Shop" for family history searches by including some of the most useful resources available to researchers.

Many are free, but others are "Pay per View" (PPV) and some have a subscription option. See our Help Pages for further details.

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The "advanced search" option allows entry of keywords and browsing of an alphabetical index of the whole site.

FreeUKGEN is a voluntary organization which has made an enormous contribution to family history research by bringing us FreeBMD for GRO registration indexes, FreeREG for parish register transcriptions and FreeCen for census indexes.

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Many of us would have found it difficult to make much progress with our family trees without access to the resources of the LDS Church. The International Genealogical Index (IGI) has long been an essential tool for family historians, but has now been subsumed into the new FamilySearch website along with the Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File and a growing volume of new vital records from across the world. Use these links to access either the whole FamilySearch site or to confine your search to controlled extraction IGI batches:-

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See our Parish Registers page for an explanation of the significance of controlled extraction batch numbers.

The National Archives website has a wealth of information.

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The National Archives of Ireland has now put online an almost complete set of census returns for all thirty two Irish counties for both 1901 and 1911. It is FREE to search and FREE to download images.

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Page last modified: 9 February 2022