Useful Websites to help with genealogy research

Useful Websites to help with genealogy research

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There are many resources available to research your family history; I have discovered many websites over the last 5 years that have enabled me to trace some of my family lines further than the beginning of Civil Registration. This will be an ongoing project over the coming weeks.  Here are the first four:



FreeREG is a free resource from the people behind FreeBMD and FreeCEN. Parish records are continuously being added to the database including baptisms, marriages and burials.  However, coverage is limited to Parish records that have survived.  Due to the vast number of parish records throughout the UK the project is ongoing and there are still a vast number of parishes not currently covered.



FreeBMD is another free resource and an ongoing project transcribing the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from the beginning of civil registration in 1837. Many years and counties are already covered, although there are still more to be added.

While I have a subscription to Find My Past which includes the BMD indexes, I still find FreeBMD a valuable resource as some details can be transcribed differently by different people.


Towcester Families 

Written by Mary Taylor and hosted on RootsWeb, Towcester Families has been invaluable to me and could be to you if you have ancestors from Northants namely Towcester.  My great grandmother, Maude Bruce, was born in Hulcote in 1894. I googled her name and came up with the site and I have been perusing it ever since.

As the name suggests it includes family trees of people who were born, baptised, married, died, buried or simply lived in Towcester (Easton Neston is also included despite being a separate parish).  The information taken from parish record held at Northamptonshire Record Office links 100’s of people in often rather complex trees.

Along with the family trees, Towcester Families also includes details of notable people, pictures of the area and much more.


Black Country Connections 

Not really a website but a family tree, hosted on Tribal Pages, of many folk in the Black Country.  My other great grandmother was born in Lye, Worcestershire and while the tree doesn’t contain her information, it does contain her great grandparents.

The information on the tree has been transcribed by a bunch of volunteers and it really is a wealth of information.