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Access to (English) Archives
  Currently contains over 10 million catalogue entries from 418 record offices and other repositories across England.
Adoption Search Reunion
  The site contains two searchable databases: a directory of agencies offering support, counselling and intermediary services, and a database to help people find out where adoption records are held.
AIM25
  Provides electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over ninety higher education institutions and learned societies within the greater London area.
American Military Loans
  A very useful article on researching the history of those in the American military.
Ancestorsonboard
  (pay-per-view) Features BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles between 1890 and 1960.
Ancestry
  (pay-per-view) Includes 1841 - 1901 censuses plus a large variety of other data
The Archives Network Wales
  contains standardised descriptions of the extent, type and scope of collections of documents held by Record Offices, universities and other bodies in Wales.
BMD Certificates England & Wales, Buying online
   
British History Online
   
British Library
  Main Integrated Catalogue of over 12 million books, serials, printed music and maps, Newspaper Catalogue of over 52,000 newspaper and periodical titles and India Office Select Materials.
British Origins
  (pay-per-view) Census, marriage index, marriage licence, will indexes, burial index, Militia Attestations Index.
Children admitted to St.George's
  Northern Police Orphanage (Number 560), Harrogate which was closed down in 1956.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  Debt of Honour Register of Commonwealth forces who died in World War 1 or World War 2.
Cyndi's List of genealogical websites
  Probably the largest family history portal site with links to thousands of other sites.
Deceased Online
  A central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Ellis Island
  (pay-per-view) Searchable database and copies of passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island from 1892 through 1924.
FamilyRecords.gov.uk
  Partnership consortium of government and public sector bodies.
Familyrelatives
  (pay-per-view) BMD entries from GRO indexes 1837-2004 (pay-per-view) Parish Registers, Military Records World War 1 & World War 2, Soldiers who died in the Great War, Overseas and USA Records.
FamilySearch
  LDS Church's IGI, Ancestral File, FH Centres, 1881 Census, etc.
FindMyPast
  (pay-per-view) (formerly 1837online.com) BMD entries from GRO indexes 1837 - 2004, Cencus, Death Duty Indexes 1796-1903, BMD at Sea, Divorce Indexes, Army lists & rolls, etc (England & Wales) living people search.
Free BMD
  Search GRO Indexes for England & Wales (work in progress).
FreeCEN
  Search UK census online (work in progress).
Gazetteer of British Place Names
   
Gazettes London, Edinburgh or Belfast
  These contain a wide range of official notices including state, parliamentary and ecclesiastical notices, transport and planning notices as well as corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering honours and awards, premium bonds, armed forces promotions, and company information.
Genes Reunited
  (pay-per-view) Online family tree linking website, 1841-1901 census, BMD entries from GRO indexes 1837 - 2004.
GENUKI
  UK & Ireland Genealogy, including forthcoming genealogical events on Geneva.
Guild of One-Name Studies
   
Guildhall Library (London) Manuscript Section< href="http://www.historicaldirectories.org" target="_blank" >Historical Directories
   
Imperial War Museum, London (WWI & WWII Collections)
   
Irish Origins (pay-per-view)
includes Griffiths' Valuation, Dublin City Census 1851, Census of Elphin 1749, William Smith O'Brien Petition, Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858, Militia Attestations Index 1872-1915.
London Metropolitan Archives
  includes Middlesex wills.
Mapseeker
  Specialists in reproduction historical town and county maps of the United Kingdom. Includes free online access to detailed 17th, 18th & 19th Century Maps (project work in progress).
Moving Here
  Irish, Caribbean, Asian and Jewish immigrants, 1800-2000.
The National Archives, Kew, Surrey
  (pay-per-view) The National Archives has a number of searchable resources to help you find the records you require. Includes the catalogue, documents online plus census records.
National Archives of Ireland
  The National Archives has a selection of online catalogues and lists to help you find the records you require. 1911 and 1901 census (project work in progress).
National Archives of Scotland
  Number of searchable sources (work in progress) of records created by Scottish government, as well as private records created by businesses, landed estates, families, courts, churches and other corporate bodies. Also see ScotlandsPeople website.
National Library of Ireland
  Online searchable catalogue includes, books and periodicals, Photographs, Prints and Drawings, Manuscripts and Newspapers.
National Library of Scotland
  Scotland's only legal deposit library, main catalogue of over 3 million records plus Scots abroad database.
The National Library of Wales
  Online catalogue containing over 4 million printed volumes books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, music. Also houses manuscripts, archives, pictures, photographs, posters, ephemera. Radio and TV recordings, films, videotapes and sound recordings.
Naval-History.net
  A very detailed site covering mainly 20th century British naval history, including Royal and Dominion Navy Casualty lists. There is also considerable supporting information on battles, actions, convoys, warships, merchant ships and ship losses.
Old Bailey 1674-1913
  A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
Old-maps.co.uk
   
192.com people finder site
  (pay-per-view) includes comprehensive database of current UK residents.
Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection
  Portal site for everything to do with maps both historical and current.
Rootsweb.com
  Largest and oldest free genealogy information website. Host to mailing lists, news groups, message boards, volunteer projects, websites etc.
Royal Navy Biographical Database, since 1660
   
S&N Genealogy
  Broad range of family history research material, software, books and related products, variety of online databases. Includes non conformist registers.
ScotlandsPeople
  (pay-per-view) Early BMD indexes, early Parish Registers, censuses 1841-1901 and Scottish wills and testaments 1500-1901.
The Scottish Archive Network
  A single electronic catalogue to more than 20,000 collections of historical records held by 52 Scottish archives.
The Scottish Association of Family History Societies
   
UKBMD Project
  FHSs, etc, computerising local Registrars' Indexes to publish on the Internet.
University Research Libraries (COPAC)
  Merged catalogues of 24 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales.
Valuations of British Money, 1264 to 2006
   
Workhouses in Britain
  This list is by no means complete but contains some useful websites for the majority of family historians studying in the United Kingdom.

Neighbouring Family History Societies

The Cambridgeshire FHS forms part of the East Anglian Group of FHS which is made up of the societies listed below marked '*':

Commercial Sites


Many of the transcriptions that the Cambridgeshire FHS have completed are now available on www.findmypast.com

Cambridgeshire microfiche, CDs, books and CFHS membership can be ordered and paid for via www.genfair.co.uk.

There is also Parish Chest, the online store for census records, parish registers, maps, books and detailed directories. www.parishchest.co.uk.

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