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Investigating the past - what to look for, where and how
Tracing your family tree
Family History Web Resources
Here are some links to other relevant websites that may help you in your search.
Includes searchable database for 1871, 1891 and 1901 censuses, plus parish and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, immigration and emigration records for England Wales, Ireland and Scotland. There are charges to access the databases.
Angela Petyt Family & Local History Page
Angela Petyt lives in Wakefield, and works as an adult education lecturer in family and local history. She has put together a very useful site for others interested in these subjects.
Cenotaphs in the Wakefield area
Extensive list of war memorials in the area with photographs and transcription from the memorial.
This site has been on the web for a number of years now and is still a great place to start. It contains a listing of over 200,000 family history sites organised alphabetically and cross-referenced.
Family Records Centre
An essential site to visit. It aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research. The site is divided into two main sections: Topics and Partners. In the Topics section you will find information on births, marriages and deaths, census, migration etc. Under Partners is information about those involved in providing content for the site
Find my past
On this site you will find an entire copy of the indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to the most recent available plus other resources. Formerly known as '1837 online'
Indices of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837-1983. This website's objective is to provide free internet access to the Civil Registration index information for England and Wales. The Civil Registration system for recording births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales has been in place since 1837 and is one of the most significant single resources for genealogical research back to Victorian times.
General Register Office
GRO can often provide guidance and information if you are, ordering certificates online, looking for certificate fees, investigating your family tree or looking for overseas records.
A UK equivalent to Cyndi's List.
International Genealogical Index : Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
The huge International Genealogical Index database is fully searchable and free; includes information from censuses and church records. Using the Familysearch facility enables to you print off a family tree chart.
The last 200 years of Caribbean, Irish, Jewish and South Asian migration to England are explored on this interactive website. Over 150,000 digitised sources from 30 museums,libraries and archives in England available online for the first time. Including selected Asian and Caribbean ships' passenger lists; Internees Index; extensive records and rare photographs. You can read about the history of migration to England, as well as getting guidance on tracing your family history.
Another essential site to visit. Formerly the Public Record Office. The 1901 census can be searched here. Some information is free but you will be charged for most of it. There is a minimum GBP5 charge per account session. The FAQ list on the site gives further details and should answer most questions. It helps to have as much information as possible before searching.
One Name Studies
This is the study of a particular surname, rather than a family tree. The 'Guild of One Name Studies' is a UK based charity but is open to worldwide members who want to register, for a small charge, a particular surname for study. The Register currently contains about 7,000 names
The 'oldest and largest free genealogy site'. A lot of information here but it is US biased.
Wakefield Family History Sharing
Contains online versions of local parish registers, trade directories and absent voters lists
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