50 Useful Genealogy Links

At Family History Gifts we use a number of government and useful genealogy websites in the course of research.


As part of our ‘aftercare’ practice used with our gifts days, in particular Getting Started With Your Family Tree and Research Day, we provide the gift recipient with tools and website links to facilitate their research (after a Gift Day we don’t just say goodbye to gift recipient!).


We thought it might be useful to list some of those links here so you can see in practice the tools and verified references we use. If you have never used these sites you may wish to visit them and have a look around. They are extremely useful.


This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, for that try Cyndi’s List. It is meant to be an indication of what we use and we are adding to it regularly.


Useful Websites

For searching:
Findmypast (includes Billion Graves project)

The Genealogist
British Newspaper Archive
National Archives

Forces War Records
Society of Genealogists
Find a Will
London Family History Centre

Wales Newspapers Online


For ordering England and Wales birth, marriage, and death certificates:
General Register Office


England specific
Lancashire old parish clerk
Lancashire Wills
Wigan Archives
Greater Manchester GM Lives
Cemsearch (Lancashire)

Cheshire Archives
Forest of Dean Family History Trust

Medway Cityark
Black Country Muse


Scotland specific
Scotlandspeople – main site for bmd and census
Glasgow Family Album
Glasgow Virtual Mitchell
National Records of Scotland


Ireland specific
Irish Genealogy government website
National Library of Ireland
Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland

National Archives of Ireland – for census

Wales Specific
Cynefin Tithe Map Project
National Library of Wales


Historical Directories of England & Wales
Trade Unions


Documents/Books finder
Archives Hub
Manorial Documents Register
Google books
Internet Archive


Cyndi’s List
FamilySearch Wiki
British History Online
Victoria County History


National Library of Scotland

Ancestry DNA
Family Tree DNA