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Goal 1: Learn about research in England.


A. Get started with research in England.

  1. These resources are helpful for getting started with research in England.
    FS—Wiki: England Genealogy

    FS—Getting Started, Lesson 1
  2. Get tips for finding records in England.
    AC—Tips for Finding Records in England
  3. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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  5. Get familiar with recommended websites for English research.
    FS—England Online Websites—57:14
  6. Use charts and templates to aid in tracking your English research.
    Family History Charts

B. Learn about English surnames and surname distribution.

  1. Learn about the origin of English surnames.
    Origin of Surnames
  2. Learn about the surname variations and name changes.
    Surname Variations and Name Changes
  3. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in England.

C. Explore English research in more depth.

  1. Go more in depth with British Isles research with these videos.
    BYU—How to Do British Research—27:00
    | FS—England Research using FamilySearch—35:58
  2. Find additional resources for England research.
    AC—England Research Page
  3. Learn problem-solving strategies for British research.
    FS—British Research, Problem-Solving Strategies—4 pgs.
    | Genealogy Tips
  4. Explore earlier resources for British Isles research (1688-1837).
    FS—Principal Sources for British Research, Pre-1837—25:47
    | FMP— How to Break Down Brick Walls Before 1837—46:37
  5. Learn how to decipher English handwriting from 1500-1700.
  6. Break down brick walls in recent research with this video.
    FMP—How to break down brick walls after 1837—37:36
  7. Learn English paleography in this BYU Script Tutorial.
  8. Learn how to trace your medieval and early modern ancestors.
    FMP—Tracing your Medieval and Early Modern Ancestors—50:39

Goal 2: Explore British vital records for birth, marriage, and death.


A. Learn about British and Welsh vital records.


  1. Learn about the resources available in the GRO (General Register Office) Index.
    GRO Index of England and Wales
  2. Learn how to find ancestors who have UK vital records.
    Locate Ancestors With UK Vital Records
  3. Learn more about birth and baptism records in the U.K. Baptisms site.
  4. Learn about England and Wales adoptions in this research guide.
    National Archives: Adoptions
  5. Learn how to research adopted persons in England and Wales.

B. Explore birth and marriage records in England.

  1. Learn about birth certificates in England and Wales.
    A Birth Certificate in England and Wales
  2. Explore birth, christening, and baptism records. Choose Birth in the England Research Guidance table of the article.
    FS—English Birth, Christening, Baptism Date
  3. Learn about marriage certificates in England and Wales.
    Guide to a Marriage Certificate in England and Wales
  4. Explore marriage records. Choose Marriage in the England Research Guidance table of the article.
    FS—English Marriage Date
  5. Visit www.marriagerecords.me.uk or Phillimore Marriages for more information about marriage records in the U.K.
  6. Learn about divorce records in England.
    National Archives: Divorces

C. Explore death records in England.

Goal 3: Explore British civil registration records.


A. Get acquainted with British civil registration.

  1. Learn about British civil registration in these articles
    FS—Wiki: English Civil Registration
    | FS—Tracing Elusive Pre-1837 Records—8 pgs.
  2. Learn about using using online BMD indexes for civil registration research.
    FS—How to Trace Ancestry in England/Wales' Civil Registration Records Using Online BMD Indexes—46:15
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B. Learn more about civil registration.

  1. Watch this video to go into more depth with civil registration.
    FS—Civil Registration, Lesson 3—20:00
  2. Explore the FreeBMD (Births, Marriages, Deaths) site.
  3. Explore the UKBMD site.
  4. Visit the Civil Registration section of the FamilySearch Wiki links article.
  5. Research civil registration records using the
    GRO (General Register Office)

Goal 4: Learn about census records.


A. Learn about British census records.


  1. Get an introduction to England and Wales census records in this how-to article.
    FS—England and Wales Census Records
  2. Learn about researching ancestors in the British census.
    AB—Researching Ancestors in the British Census

    FMP—Understanding the Census in England and Wales
  3. Visit the Census Records section of the FamilySearch Wiki links article.
  4. Learn about British census records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: English Census
    | FS—England and Wales Census Records—4 pgs.
  5. Explore the CensusLinks site for English census records by county.
  6. Watch these videos to learn about using census records from England and Wales.
    FS—Understanding Census Records—15:00
    | FS—England and Wales Census Records—33:11
  7. Download the British Census worksheet from FamilySearch.
  8. Learn about the 1939 National Register in Great Britain, taken on the eve of World War II.
    FMP—Andrew Marr Presents the 1939 Register—3:06
    | FMP—Revisiting the 1939 Register—3:06


Goal 5: Explore British probate records.


A. Learn about British probate records, wills, and land records.

  1. Learn about probate and wills in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Research in Wills and Probate Records
  2. Learn about British probate records in these videos.
    FS—England Probate Records, Part 1—45:30
    | FS—England Probate Records, Part 2—64:38
  3. Learn how to use estate duty records in research.
    FS—Estate Duty, Part 1—10:20
    | FS—Estate Duty, Part 2—15:11
  4. Learn about wills and probate records in the National Archives.
    National Archives: Wills and Probate before 1858
    | National Archives: Wills or Administrations after 1858
  5. Get an introduction to the history of land and property in England.
    FS—England Land and Property
  6. Learn about manors, taxes, and land registrations.
    FS—England Land and Property
  7. Learn more about taxation records in England.
    FS—England Taxation
  8. Learn about records of the poor in England.
    FS—Records of the Poor in England


Goal 6: Explore church and cemetery records in England.


A. Learn about church and religious records in England.


  1. Get acquainted with church records in this video.
    FS—Understanding Church Records—20:00
  2. Learn about British church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: English Church Records
  3. Visit the Church Records section of the FamilySearch Wiki links article.
    FS—Church Records
  4. Learn about Nonconformists in British church records.
    FS—England Nonconformist Church Records, Part 1—28:02
    | FS—England Nonconformist Church Records, Part 1—28:57
  5. Learn about Nonconformist church records in the National Archives.
    National Archives: Nonconformists
    | National Archives: Nonconformist BMD Records
  6. Learn about Catholic church records in England.
    National Archives: Catholics

    Unlocking Roman Catholic Records with Findmypast—60:57
  7. Explore Jewish genealogy in the U.K. and Ireland in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.
  8. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in the United Kingdom.

B. Explore Church of England records and parish registers.

  1. Get an introduction to Church of England records.
    FS—Church of England Church Records—4 pgs.

    FMP—Understanding parish records—39:56
  2. Watch these videos for more information about Church of England records.
    FS—Church of England Church Records, Part 1—27:56
    | FS—Church of England Church Records, Part 2—26:56
  3. Learn about baptism records in parish registers.
    Baptism Records in Parish Registers
  4. Learn about marriage records in parish registers.
    Marriage Records in Parish Registers
  5. Learn about burial records in parish registers.
    Burial Records in Parish Registers
  6. Learn more about parish chests, where local parish records were often stored.
    FS—The Parish Chest, Part 1—22:05

    FS—The Parish Chest—4 pgs.
  7. Explore indexed parish records at the FreeReg site.

C. Explore England cemetery information.

Goal 7: Explore emigration and immigration in England.


A. Learn about emigration and immigration resources.

  1. Learn about emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    England Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about emigration records at the National Archives.
    Emigration records: an Introduction—32:00
  3. Learn about immigration to England.
    National Archives: Immigration
  4. Learn about naturalization and British citizenship.
    National Archives: Naturalisation and British Citizenship
  5. Learn about English emigration to a variety of countries.
    National Archives: Emigration
  6. Learn about English passenger lists.
    National Archives: Passengers
  7. Learn about early emigration to the American Colonies and West Indies.
    National Archives: American and West Indian Colonies

B. Explore other emigration resources on websites.

  1. Visit the following websites for information on English emigration and immigration:
  2. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose England as the departure or arrival location.


Goal 8: Explore archives and libraries in England.


A. Explore archives and libraries in England.

  1. Learn about archives and libraries in England in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: English Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore free books online on the GenGateway site.
  3. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

B. Learn about the British National Archives.

  1. Get familiar with the British National Archives website.
    FS—Getting the Most from the National Archives Website—23:00
  2. Use the research guides available on the National Archives site to explore a range of research topics.

Goal 10: Explore map resources for England.


A. Learn about English maps for your research.

  1. Learn about maps in England in this FamilySearch Wiki article. There is a clickable map of counties on the main page.
    FS—Wiki: English Maps
  2. Visit the Maps, Gazetteers, and Placenames section of the FamilySearch Wiki article.
  3. Learn more about maps and gazetteers in England.
    FS—England Maps and Gazetteers—4 pgs.

B. Explore English map resources.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of England maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of England.
  3. Access the Great Britain Atlas and Index of Parish Registers.
  4. Explore old maps of England in the 1900 Collection.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for England maps.

Goal 11: Explore newspaper resources for England.


A. Learn about English newspapers.

  1. Learn about newspapers in England in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: English Newspapers
  2. Learn about newspaper resources in the National Archives.
    National Archives: Newspapers
  3. Learn more about using British newspapers for research.
    FMP—Findmypast Expert Help - British Newspapers—16:06
  4. Find your ancestors in historic newspapers, with tips from this video.
    FMP—Finding Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers—24:31

B. Explore England newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search England newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site: A-K or
  2. Search English newspapers in the newspapers.com site.
  3. Search England newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search English newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.

Goal 12: Explore additional websites for research.


A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for English research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  4. Explore other research sites for England.

Goal 13: Search records from England.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for England.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for English online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for English records.

  1. Explore the England and Wales page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.

Goal 14: Get help with your English research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the British Isles Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  2. Visit the England Genealogy! Just Ask! page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Genealogy Links UK page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for England.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for England research.

  1. Get free help with your England research questions from members of the RootsChat forum.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for England research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the English research mailing lists available on Cyndi's list.
  4. Join the RootsWeb message board for England.

C. Learn about England genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about England genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: England Societies
  2. Learn about England genealogy societies in the Family Tree Resources site.
    Family History Societies in Genealogical Research
  3. Explore England genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.
  4. Contact the British National Archives for help with questions.


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Birmingham Baptisms, Marriages, Burials:   1538-1812  
Birmingham Burials:   1813-1964  
Bristol Parish Records:   1538-1900  
Hertfordshire Baptisms:   search  
Hertfordshire Banns & Marriages:   search  
Hertfordshire Burials:   search  
Hertfordshire, Parish Registers Browse    1538-1988  
Huddersfield Baptisms:   search  
Huntingdonshire Burials:   search  
Index To Death Duty Registers:   1796-1903  
Index To Register Of Passport Applications:   1851-1903  
Liverpool Baptisms:   1813-1906  
Liverpool Baptisms, Marriages, Burials:   1659-1812  
Liverpool Marriages & Banns:   1813-1921  
Liverpool Burials:   1813-1974  
Liverpool Catholic Baptisms:   1802-1906  
Liverpool Catholic Marriages:   1754-1921  
Liverpool Catholic Burials:   1813-1988  
Manchester Births, Baptisms:   1813-1915  
Manchester Marriages, Banns:   1754-1930  
Manchester Baptisms, Marriages, Burials:   1541-1812  
Manchester Non-Conform. Birth, Bapt :   1728-1912  
Manchester Deaths, Burials:   1813-1985  
Manchester Cemetery Records:   search  
Manchester and Oldham Burials:   search  
Manchester Prison Registers:   1847-1881  
Manchester Rate Books:   1706-1900  
Manchester Workhouse Registers:   1800-1911  
Midlands (Birmingham) Electoral Registers   1832-1955  
Rutland Baptisms   1832-1955  
Rutland Burials   1832-1955