Knowing where to start when you set out on your genealogy journey is difficult, so we have put together a list of potential resources that will give you a helping hand.
* www.ancestry.co.uk; one of the leading sites. This has many resources available, some of which are free to view or can be accessed through a subscription. There are varying levels of subscriptions available depending upon what you actually need and your own budget.
* www.findmypast.co.uk; another top site for you to search with a variety of resources. Again, you can choose a subscription package that meets your needs.
* www.familysearch.org; this site is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it is a good starting point if you have a minimal budget as it is free to use. It is very good with linked records. For example, where parish records have been added for baptisms and marriages, other people are connected to them, and you can move through the documents to find different branches of your family tree. Volunteers index the records, and it is a good idea to double-check all details in case there have been any errors.
* www.gro.gov.uk; this is the UK’s general register office. You can order BMD certificates from here, either to be delivered electronically or by post.
* Reference sources for family history research; The British Library (bl.uk) – this link is to the British Library’s resources page for family history research as well as links to various genealogical associations
You are welcome to contact us if you need more information on how to use these links. However, once you take the first step, the rest will fall into place.