General Guides to England Research
- The Family History Library provides a 5 part video series on England Beginning Research, accompanied by two very helpful handouts
- Familysearch Wiki: England portal
- BritishGenealogy.com -- this is a store but also has well written and thorough articles on research. Some of your lnks will take you to products for sale. "next" links at the bottom of the page will just continue the article.
- GenUKI -- much more likely to have substantial information.
- ProGenealogists: English Genealogy gives good background information for English research and is very reliable.
- UK Genealogy: English Research -- some quick, if limited information.
- Books you might purchase or use in a library include
Atlases, Maps & Gazateers
England/County Genealogy Websites
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these whole country sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. All are volunteer driven sites; all data free.
- the England Gen Web --maintenance of the county pages varies dramatically. Some are goldmines, some barely maintained.
- British Isle Genealogy: England History & Genealogy (this one does not have separate pages for each county, although it does list parish registers by county)
- FamilySearch Wiki: England Portal (mostly instructive)
Societies, Libraries and Archives
- Family Search Wiki: England Archives and Libraries
- National Archives (England and Wales)
- England Gen & Historical Societies
- Visit the website of the England local library in the area you are researching to see what genealogy information and services are provided by that library.
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the county or shire England ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Consult the Family History Library's Guide to England Statewide Indexes and Collections ; you might also consult the FHL's England Research Guidance, although frankly, I find navigation of that section confusing.
Cemetery (Monumental Inscriptions) :
- FamilySearch Wiki: England Cemeteries
- Interment.net: England (not a lot is there)
- This is interesting... Wikipedia has of Cemeteries in England. It will be about the cemeteries, not the burials, I'm sure.
- BritishGenealogy.com Monumental Inscriptions -- these several pages tell you more than you ever wanted to know about monumental inscriptions, including how to go about finding them, but no inscriptions themselves.
- Search or post to one of the two message boards on burials in England.
City and County Directories:
County, Family and Local Histories:
Court & Legal;
Immigration and Emigration
Land & Property:
Vital: Civil registration in England began in July 1837, but church registers recorded births, marriages and deaths prior to then.
- Many births and marriages can be found in the IGI, which "indexes" those church registers that were filmed.
- You may see reference to the British Isles Vital Record Index -- that is now available and searchable on FamilySearch.org. (see Wiki entry)
- The National Burial Index complements the IGI by indexing deaths and burials found in church registers. It covers England and Wales. It is a CD that can be used on your home computer. I haven't yet found an owning library in the U.S.
- British Genealogy.com has a very thorough explanation of finding and using birth, marriage and death certificates.
- Free BMD is transcribing the indexes to civil registration.
- The family History Library provides these guides to finding and using civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales:
- England and Wales: How to use civil registration birth / marriage / death records
- England and Wales: How to use the index of civil registration of births/ marriages / deaths
- England and Wales: Civil registration index on microfiche and microfilm for births / marriages / deaths