Other Useful Websites
Not strictly genealogy but may help to get a better understanding of your ancestors and their locality.
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Access to Archives
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.
British History Online
This site has all sorts of information about people and places, including 19th century Ordnance Survey maps
Map of England Jurisdictions 1851
Find out where your ancestors' parishes were, Registration District, Poor Law Union, etc. Can be overlaid with Google and Ordinance Survey maps.
National Records Archive
The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history
The Scottish Archive Network
The project aims to revolutionise access to Scotland's archives by providing a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives
Baedeker's Old Guide Books
This web-site has a collection of old maps that will be an aid to Genealogists and Local Historians. The maps are scanned from various Baedeker Guidebooks which were published before 1939.
Using this site, you can search across NATIONAL and LOCAL records of England's historic sites and buildings including images of listed buildings.
The mission of this site is to make available to the public the highest quality and most reliable historical data on important economic aggregates, with particular emphasis on nominal measures.
Old Ordnance Survey Maps
Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 200000 maps of Scotland, England, Wales and beyond.
The London Gazette’s historical position as the Official Newspaper of Record for the United Kingdom has enabled it to develop into a unique bank of information. Worth searching you never know what you might find
British Surname and Surname Profiles
You can browse through the full lists of names by surname, classification or region of origin. As well as the surname profiler, there is other content such as surname etymology and links to help you explore the origins of your surname.
A Vision of Britain
A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
Palaeography: reading old handwriting
Palaeography is the study of old handwriting. This web tutorial will help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800.
The National Archives of Scotland
Based in Edinburgh, the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) exists to select, preserve, and make available the national archives of Scotland
Clergy of the Church of England Database
Launched in 1999 and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the CCEd makes available and searchable the principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales with the aim of providing coverage of as many clerical lives as possible from the Reformation to the mid-nineteenth century.
Capital Punishment UK
The resource site for the history of
capital punishment in Britain.