Online resources for family history research

1. Tracing ancestors

Online reference library – free access to Ancestry, Find My Past, newspapers and biographies
Visit your local library for free access to Ancestry and Find My Past websites including census and other birth, marriage, death, migration and military records, as well as British Newspaper Archive. Also access from home to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who’s Who.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Searchable site for British and Commonwealth casualties of the two world wars, with links to similar organisations overseas.

Family search
A genealogical database of over two billion names maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Includes links to the 1880 US census, a transcript of the 1881 census and lots of pre-1837 information from parish registers.

Search for birth, marriage and death certificates.

Roots web
Free information, including a surname database.

Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
The ‘genealogical pedigrees’ section is a great resource for tracing ancestors who lived in the area.

WorldGenWeb Project
Links to worldwide family history resources.

2. Guidance

The Keep
An archive centre containing the combined collections of the East Sussex Records Office, the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections.

Ancestor search
Help for new and experienced researchers on where to seek information about your English and Welsh ancestors in a structured way.

BBC History Trail
How to research family history and draw a family tree.

British Library
Interesting links and unusual family information.

A collection of useful genealogical links and information about getting started.

UK Society of Genealogists Online
Research hints and tips.

3. Family history societies

Family Roots
Eastbourne and district family history society.

Federation of family history societies
Search for family history societies around the globe, including groups in Australia, Canada and USA.

Hastings and Rother Family History Society
Local family history society with over 300 members worldwide.

Sussex Family History Group
Has around 4,000 members worldwide and meets regularly in Hove, Crawley, Westmeads, Uckfield, Worthing and Chichester.

4. Archives

The Keep Archives
The Keep holds the records of East Sussex Record Office, Royal Pavilion & Museums local history collections, and the University of Sussex Special Collection.

Discovery at The National Archives
Searchable database of records in local record offices and libraries, universities, museums, and national and specialist institutions across England.

US National Archives and Records Administration
Advice and resources from an archiove that contains records about more than 200 years of American development.

National Archives of Ireland
Holds records of the modern Irish state.

National Archives of Scotland
Records spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries, touching on virtually every aspect of Scottish life.

Public Record Office for Northern Ireland
Holds records, chiefly relating to Northern Ireland, dating back to 1219.

The National Archives
Formerly known as the Public Record Office, includes an online catalogue and over 100 research leaflets.

West Sussex Record Office
Hold records relating to the west of the county.

5. Register Offices

General Register Office
Order birth, marriage and death certificates online.

General Register Office for Scotland
For those researching Scottish ancestry.

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
For those researching ancestors with links in Northern Ireland.

General Register Office of Ireland
For those with Irish ancestry.