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.

Freebmd
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.

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