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Useful Links & Resources - Family History

Free and paid-for subscription websites and resources for those looking to trace their family history:

Subscription sites

Ancestry - check this for family trees, war records, and free bmd, and 1911 Census.

All these give all census and GRO access plus various additional databases. They offer free trial periods.

Derbyshire Parish Records

Find My Past: discover your family history

The Geanealogist: Parish Records, Wills, Census, BMDs & Non Conformists.

1911 census ONLY

Lost Cousins: a different approach to research, but worth signing up for the free monthly newsletter

Free Sites  

1881 census plus many parish records and international (but also unchecked user submissions).  One of the earliest online sites produced by the Mormons.

GRO records and (limited) indexes to parish registers and censuses

National Archives: access to complete catalogue and many documents available online

Genuki: a huge collection of various UK genealogical resources

For useful paper forms

Genealogical resources from Rootsweb

History at home: a guide to genealogy.  An American website with a comprehensive list of resources.

BillionGraves is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries

100 top genealogy websites from Genealogy in Time magazine 

Forces War Records: their online digital library of books, newspapers and magazines, some more than a hundred years old.  Gives  the finer detail of what your military ancestors did during their service.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; over recent years has significantly improved search mechanism

The long, Long Trail: a useful site for explaining the military context.

Western Front Association; despite its name, covers other areas of WW1.

Resources for military families.

Online Military Indexes and Records is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.

British Red Cross First World War Volunteers. Search for your family’s personnel records and discover what Red Cross volunteers were doing in your local area 100 years ago.

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