British and Welsh Research

  • Compulsory civil registration requirements for birth, marriage and death records began around 1874.
    • Researching in civil registrations is a two-step process:
      • 1) look for an ancestor's event in the quarterly indexes produced by the UK Office for National Statistics, and
        2) Order a copy of the record here.
  • Parish Records:
    • Records can be found here however coverage varies by county.
  • Probate Records post 1857:
    • Ancestry has a catalog for "England & Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966"
    • For people who died between 1967 and 1995 you must search by mail, for more information click here
    • For people who died in or after 1996 search


  • BBC contains historical information about British history.
  • Vist Commonwealth Graves Commission for military deaths.
  • $ Deceased Online is a central database for UK burials and cremations.
  • $ Family Relatives
    • Contains both English and Welsh documents.
  • Free BMD is a project to digitized UK Civil Registration documents.
  • The General Register Office maintains vital records for England and Wales beginning in 1837.
  • Genuki
  • contains UK and Irish genelaogical records.
  • The National Archives
  • Vision of Britain is an online version of Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer for England and Wales.
  • The Workhouse is a great website to learn about poor laws, work houses and poor law records for UK and Ireland.
  • $ World Vital Records

Empire Emigrants
  • Empire Emigrants are British Citizens who migrated to British Outposts

  • India
    • Documents are well preserved and accessible.
    • Documents were kept locally and generally organized by presidencies (provinces)
    • The Imperial Gazetteer of India can help you discover which province your ancestor's town was in.
    • Church Register Returns served as civil registers of vital events.
    • Families in British India Society contains registrar marriages from 1852-1911.
    • If your ancestor was a civil servant visit here for their "writer's petitions" (job applications).

  • Australia

  • South Africa
    • Church records are the go-to source for British colonial vital statistics before 1870.
    • Original records are scattered. Check the local parish office or local archives.
    • The Department of Home Affairs houses birth, marriage and death records.
    • Records are accessible by request through South African Consulates
    • It isn't expensive to order records, but it takes forever to receive a response.
    • Genealogical Society of South Africa holds cemetery records.