Useful websites for family historians

This is a collection of quality websites selected by information professionals for family and local historians. It includes sites from across Australia and overseas. Links to the most important parts of a website are included.

Adelaide Proformat : ancestral and local history researchers
Graham Jaunay provides access to family history guides, useful software, shipping lists, surname lists plus guidance in locating information on Australian births, deaths and marriages as well as census records.

Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents
Provides a listing of record/research agents and genealogists who subscribe to a Code of Ethics regarding the profession of the genealogist.

Australian Cemeteries Index
A searchable index that provides access to headstone inscriptions and images from more than 650 cemeteries around Australia, predominantly New South Wales.

Australian Dictionary of Biography : online edition
ADB online provides access to authoritative biographies of notable figures in Australian history who died before 1980.

Australian Electoral Commission
Useful information on Australian electoral milestones as well as such information as current electoral boundaries can be found at this website. State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of electoral rolls. See Research guide - Electoral rolls for more details.

Australian Jewish Genealogical Society
Provides guidance for those researching Jewish connections both in Australia and internationally.

Australian Medical Pioneers Index
A database of pioneer Australian doctors from 1700s to 1875. The site also provides background information on early colonial medical life.

Australian National Maritime Museum
The Museum site provides guides to shipping and immigration resources held in the Museum library. Research guides are a feature of the site. Of particular interest is Pictures of ships in the Australian trade where there are many links to images of ships. An Index to ship pictures lists ship images held in the Museum's collection. State Library holds many of the books indexed, and a copy of this index is available at the level 3 desk.

Australian War Memorial
This is the official website of the Australian War Memorial. Important biographical databases such as the Boer War, WWI and WWII Nominal Rolls and Roll of Honour records can be searched here. Also available is a Collection database that includes film, sound, war art, photos, official and private records.

Australian Women's Archives Project : Australian Women's Register
Useful resource for locating information on specific Australian women and Australian women's organisations.

Australians in the Boer War: Oz-Boer Database Project
The OZ-Boer Database Project contains nearly 20,000 records relating to Australian soldiers who served in the Boer War.

Claim a convict
Contains details on 21,000 convicts (including the Irish) and exiles from 1788 to 1813.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
This database contains over 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations world-wide where they are commemorated.

Find and Connect Australia
Provides information for former child migrants and everyone with an interest in the history of out-of-home ‘care’ in Australia. Entries for each state including Queensland can be browsed to assist in finding images, records and support for these forgotten Australians.

First Fleet Online
First Fleet Online has an online database of all those who arrived in Australia in 1788 and provides background information on each individual.

Geoscience Australia Place Names Search
Allows you to search the Gazetteer of Australia, a searchable database of Australian place names. Included are man-made places such as cities, homesteads and highways, as well as geographical features such as rivers, mountains, headlands and islands.

Graves and memorials of Australians in the Boer War 1899-1902
Includes an index to graves, memorials and photographs.

National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia cares for the records of the Commonwealth government. The site gives an introduction to the collections, access information, exhibitions, services to researchers including fact sheets on various subjects areas, research guides and publications. Search the collection in various ways through RecordSearch: Basic search, Advanced search, NameSearch, PhotoSearch, Passenger arrivals and Newly scanned records.

People Australia
Search across all the National Centre of Biography's websites: Australian Dictionary of Biography, Obituaries Australia, Women Australia and Labour Australia. Clicking on a name link from a list will take you to a page with links to all relevant biographical entries for that person.

Ryerson Index
Indexes death and funeral notices published in various newspapers around New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Check the newspaper coverage and details for availability of information. This site is constantly being updated with current information.

Society of Australian Genealogists
Provides access to the Society’s newsletters plus information from special interest groups. Several searchable databases are also available.

Hosted by the National Library of Australia, acts as a portal for all State Libraries and many other libraries and cultural institutions. The 11 zones of content will search through a vast number of Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, government gazettes, maps, music, archives and more.

CoraWeb - Websites for genealogists
A genealogy gateway providing a comprehensive range of records available and of interest to Australian researchers.

ACT Electoral Rolls 1916-1967
Search transcriptions of the electoral rolls for 1916, 1917, 1928, 1935, 1943, 1949, 1955, 1959 and 1967.

ACT Births, Deaths and Marriages
Has two databases available: Historic Death Index and Historic Marriage Index. These indexes are available on an Excel spread sheet. They are located under "Related resources" then 'Public Registers' at right of screen.

Canberra's Memorial Parks
A grave search is available for the following: Gungahlin Cemetery and Crematorium, Hall Cemetery, and Woden Cemetery.

Blue Mountains City Council Cemetery Search
Contains burials from cemeteries in the Blue Mountains region, New South Wales. It includes Mt Irvine, Mt Victoria, Blackheath, Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Lawson, Faulconbridge, and Springwood.

Braidwood Gaol Entrance Book 1856-1899
A searchable database of the entrance books for Braidwood Gaol from 1856 to 1899. May contain details of age, birthplace, religion, height, complexion and occupation.

Capital Punishment Database NSW 1826-1837
Comprised of information on 1,300 people sentenced to death between 1826 and 1837. Many of those convicted later had their sentences commuted to transportation and sent to the penal colonies of Norfolk Island or Moreton Bay.

Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria
The Deceased Search includes the following cemeteries: Catholic Cemetery Kemps Creek, Liverpool Cemetery & Crematorium, Catholic Cemetery North Rocks, The Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) – Rookwood, and Catholic Cemetery Necropolis Rookwood. Entries may include photographs of the headstone/s.

Hawkesbury on the Net : Cemetery Register
Contains listings of burials from a number of cemeteries in the Hawkesbury region, New South Wales. It includes cemeteries in Hawkesbury, Kurrajong Heights, Wilberforce, and Lower Portland. This is an ongoing project.

Irish Convicts to NSW 1788-1849
A database of Irish convicts transported to New South Wales between 1788 and 1849.

Lismore Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens register
Register name search for burials and cremations at the Lismore Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens.

Newcastle Morning Herald Index
Hosted by the Newcastle Region Library, this index covers the years 1942 to 1984.

Northern Cemeteries
Consists of five cemeteries. There is a searchable database for the following four cemeteries are: Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde (1922 onwards); Frenchs Forest cemetery, Davidson, previously known as Frenchs Forest General cemetery (1940 onwards); Field of Mars cemetery, Ryde (1890 onwards); and Gore Hill cemetery, St. Leonards (1877-1974). There is a separarte searchable database for Sandgate cemetery, Newcastle (1881 onwards).

NSW Lands Registry Services' (NSW LRS)
NSW LRS has created an online portal to provide easier access to online material and services. The Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV) enables people to view digitised NSW historical maps, plans, titles and indexes. There are over 6 million digital records available, from 62 collections.

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search historical indexes from 1788 for births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 50 years ago and deaths up to 30 years ago. Updated annually. State Library holds most of the pre-1856 births, deaths and marriages registers on microfilm.

Rookwood General Cemetery
The Find a Loved One Search provides information on the interments that have taken place within Rookwood General Cemetery.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries
Includes Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park and Woronora Memorial Park. There are separate searchable databases for Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, which includes Pioneer Memorial Park (Botany Cemetery) and Eastern Suburbs Crematorium; and Woronora Memorial Park.

State Archives & Records New South Wales
Contains an ever expanding range of online indexes. Some of these indexes cover immigration, convicts, censuses, land, insolvency, naturalization, colonial secretary’s papers, indigenous Australians. Many of these records include Moreton Bay (Brisbane) to 1859. State Library holds much of the material indexed.

Sydney Benevolent Asylum - Index to admissions and discharges 1857-1900
An index of inmates at the Sydney Benevolent Asylum. The database contains over 78,000 records.

Brisbane City Council sites include:

Bundaberg Regional Cemeteries
Searchable database containing records from a number of cemeteries in this region. May provide years of birth and death, places of residence and grave details.

Cairns Regional Cemeteries
The cemeteries for Cairns, Babinda, Forest View, Gordonvale, Nelson Road, Babinda, Mossman, and Port Douglas can be searched through a database containing burial records.

Central Queensland Family History Association Inc
Based in Rockhampton, the Central Queensland Family History Association Inc provides for family history research throughout the Central Queensland region. They have several online resources of use to family historians researching ancestors from this area. They also provide a research service.

Community and Personal Histories - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services
Community and Personal Histories team may be able to help you find out where your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander family comes from, who your family are and how you are connected to a certain place.

Department of Resources sells and provides services online:

Fraser Coast Regional Council Cemeteries
Searchable burials database for the following cemeteries: Howard cemetery (including the Columbarium and Lawn sections), Maryborough cemetery (including the Columbarium, Garden of Rest and Children's Memorial Garden), Polson Cemetery and Columbarium (including the South Sea Islander Memorial and Cemetery), Tiaro Cemetery (including the Columbarium), Munna Creek Cemetery, Deborah Cemetery, and Nikenbah Cemetery.

Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ)
One of the pre-eminent family history societies in Australia, GSQ offers friendly assistance to those seeking to trace their family tree. From its resource centre at Wishart, Brisbane, GSQ provides a range of opportunities to broaden knowledge in the family history domain, including the chance to participate in the many Special Interest Groups – this includes the DNA Group. GSQ offers a fee-based family history research service.  To explore what GSQ offers visit or visit on Facebook

Gympie Cemetery Trust
Includes a Deceased search, also known as Gympie cemetery burial information database.

House and suburban histories from South-east Queensland has a number of digitised booklets and collections tracking the design, construction and traditions of Queensland houses.

  • Designs provides an historical overview for the time periods 1887-1920, 1920-1930, 1930-1940, and 1940-1959, drawing on original materials.
  • Construction includes catalogues and images of products used.
  • Miscellaneous has a section on house names as well as case studies of particular buildings.

Ingham Cemeteries
Register of burials in the Ingham district, including Hinchinbrook, Ingham, and Halifax.

International Adoptive Families of Queensland Inc.
A non-profit support group for Queensland families involved in overseas adoptions.

Judy Webster's genealogy advice for Australia, especially Queensland
This site provides advice and indexes that help genealogists to research local, interstate and overseas folk by using Queensland's historical records. The emphasis is on unusual Queensland State Archives sources that are superb for problem solving. Also visit her Queensland Genealogy Blog, which highlights useful resources as well as research techniques.

Mackay cemeteries
Listing of cemeteries around the Mackay District, created by the Mackay Historical Society. Some of the cemeteries include burial listings.

Moreton Bay Region Cemeteries
Moreton Bay Regional Council maintains a database of burial records for people buried in Moreton Bay district cemeteries, including Albany Creek, Bribie Island, Caboolture, Dayboro, King Street, Lawnton, Redcliffe, Samford, and Samsonvale.

North Burnett Regional Council Cemeteries
Searchable database that covers the numerous cemeteries in the North Burnett Region. The cemeteries include: Byrnestown, Chowey, Coalstoun, Dallami, Degilbo, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry, Mount Shanrock, Mulgildie, Mundubbera and Paradise. Please note that not all cemeteries are currently up-to-date.

Nudgee Cemetery - Deceased Search
Provides a searchable database for people interred in Nudgee Cemetery, Brisbane.

Queensland births, deaths and marriages
Search the historical indexes from 1829 for births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 75 years ago and deaths up to 30 years ago. Updated annually. The indexes are available without charge. This site also provides details on how to apply for certificates and the fees involved. Order historical records online and, when available, scanned images of register pages.

Queensland Courts
Provides access to information about the courts in Queensland including fact sheets and database to search civil files (e-courts) (dates of availability depend on the area in the state). Also of interest is the Supreme Court of Queensland Library, which offers access to the Library services and collections including the online databases North Queensland Legal Practitioners 1861-1964 and Queensland Judiciary Profiles.

Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women - Adoption
This department is responsible for providing statutory services to eligible adults affected by adoption seeking information. The site outlines non-identifying and identifying information it can provide to those in this situation.

Queensland Family History Society (QFHS)
Based in Brisbane, QFHS is one of Queensland's major family history and genealogy organisations. They offer access to a large number of resources in their research centre as well as limited research assistance, workshops and one of Queensland's largest shops of genealogical resources.

Queensland Museum house history
Queensland house provides a background to the distinctive development and changes in the Queensland house, its internal areas and gardens as well as its conservation.

Queensland place names
The Department of Resources manage place names in Queensland and have created a database of Queensland place names. Entries provide the geographical location and origin of the place name.

Queensland State Archives
Queensland State Archives is the storage place of numerous records for Queensland government and Queensland government agencies. Access is provided to numerous online indexes including assisted immigration, inquests, divorces, probate and much more. In Explore our collection you can find the indexes and brief guides organised by subjects. Also available is a catalogue search, ArchivesSearch.

Renamed places in Queensland
Covers an extensive range of place name changes including those of towns, suburbs and localities, street name changes and  public and private buildings. It is an evolving site with input from various sources.

RHSQ : Royal Historical Society of Queensland
RHSQ promotes Queensland history. One of their publications is the Royal Historical Society of Queensland Journal , later titled Queensland History Journal . Check the article listing for contents which include obituaries, biographical articles, accounts of early immigrant ships, coastal shipping and the establishment of settlements throughout Queensland. Text Queensland holds digitised copies of the journal from 1914 to 1994, which can be browsed or searched. Find articles after 1994 at State Library.

Rockhampton Regional Council Cemeteries
The Rockhampton Regional Council have a number of burial indexes available as pdf. They cover Rockhampton Memorial Gardens, Bajool cemetery, Cawarral cemetery, Emu Park cemetery, Gracemere cemetery, Mount Morgan cemeteries, Josekeleigh Cemetery, Marlborough cemetery, Milman cemetery, North Rockhampton and South Rockhampton cemeteries, Warcon cemetery, Westwood cemetery, Yaamba cemetery and Yeppoon cemetery.

Rolls of the Board of Architects Queensland, 1930 – 1980
Donald Watson and the Board of Architects of Queensland (2017) have created a searchable, digitised index of "Queensland Architects 1930-1980" by combining the following:

  • Queensland Government Gazettes
  • text files for Removals from the Register of Architects 1964-1980
  • lists of approved Architectural Companies in Queensland 1973-1980
  • and Architect Rolls of Queensland 1930-1980.

Text Queensland
A searchable database of books, theses and journals and includes Pugh's Almanac and the Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1900.

Toowoomba Regional cemeteries
Database is searchable by surname, given name and cemetery. This database includes the following cemeteries: Back Plains, Bergen/Djuan, Cabarlah, Cecil Plains (Old), Cecil Plains, Clifton, Cooyar, Crows Nest, Douglas, Drayton & Toowoomba, Glencoe, Goombungee, Greenmount, Kooroongarra, Milmerran, Nobby, Pittsworth, St Paul's Church Tummaville and Yarraman. Please note this does not cover all cemeteries and crematoria in Toowoomba and further searches may need to be made.

Centennial Park Cemetery
Contains a searchable database of the cemetery and crematorium at Centennial Park, Pasadena, South Australia.

Genealogy SA
Provides access to an Online Database Search that includes a cemeteries index, deaths reported in newspapers, an index to the South Australian Government Gazette (1845-2000), and indexes to South Australian births, deaths and marriages (1842-1928[B]/1972[D]/1937[M]).

State Records of South Australia
Holds the archival records created by State and Local Government agencies within South Australia. This website provides access to such resources as useful fact sheets, a guide to family history research at the archive, passenger lists plus indexes and special lists. Also available is a catalogue, ArchivesSearch.

Carr Villa Memorial Park
Launceston City Council maintains this cemetery and you can do a burial search. Launceston City Council has also provided the records to Tasmanian Archives and Heritage, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.

Libraries Tasmania
The joining together of the services and websites of the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Adult Education and online access centres. Search the Tasmanian Names index to locate historical records and images.

Mersey Vale and Devenport Cemetery
An online searchable database is available as well as a site map of the cemetery, which is run by the Devonport City Council.

North-West Tasmanian Coastal Cemeteries
Searchable database of a number of historic cemeteries in Don, Forth, Kindred and Devonport. The information has been gathered from headstone inscriptions, early newspaper articles and obituaries plus family information.

Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office
The amalgamation of the Archives Office of Tasmania and the Heritage Collections of the State Library of Tasmania. Includes a family history page, name indexes that provide access to digitised Tasmanian records and guides to records on various topics.

Cranbourne Public Cemetery
Index of over 3000 persons buried in Cranbourne Cemetery since 1850. Provides name and age of deceased, date of burial and grave details.

Family Matters Blog
Keep up-to-date with all the latest family history news from State Library of Victoria.

Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
Provides access to searchable databases of a number of cemeteries in the north, east and west of Melbourne. They include: Altona, Anderson's Creek, Burwood, Coburg, Emerald, Fawkner, Footscray, Healesville, Keilor, Lilydale, Northcote, Northern memorial park, Preston, Templestowe, Truganina, Werribee, Williamstown and Yarra Glen.

Public Record Office Victoria
Explore the online indexes and records by topic to access helpful genealogical information. Included are assisted and unassisted immigration, departing passengers, probate, education, divorce, publicans and criminals. Some records have been digitised. State Library of Queensland holds many of the immigration records indexed in these databases. A number of publications are also available containing further information on various subjects.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
A database of burials and cremations at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Bunurong Memorial Park and the St. Kilda General Cemetery.

Victoria Government Gazette : Online Archive 1836-1997
This archive of historic material provides access to digital images of the New South Wales Government Gazette (1836-1851), the Port Phillip Government Gazette (1843-1851) and the Victoria Government Gazette (1851-1997); as well as searchable indexes for each gazette.

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the historical indexes from 1836 for births up to 1916, marriages up to 1942 and deaths up to 1988. The indexes are available without charge. This site also provides details on how to apply for certificates and the fees involved. Order historical records online. The State Library holds the indexes on microfiche and CD-ROM.

Dead Persons' Society, Perth, Western Australia
An entry point to shipping information for all states and features material on convicts and the military.

Department of Justice, Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the Western Australian Online Indexes for births, deaths and marriages from 1841 until early last century for free. This site also contains information on who can apply for certificates, application forms and the fees involved.

Fremantle Prison - Convict Database
A searchable database of nearly 10,000 convicts who were transported to the Swan River Colony from 1850 to 1868.

State Library of Western Australia
Provides many useful guides to family history resources available within the State Library of Western Australia and online. Also available are digitised versions of the police gazettes and their indexes for the years 1876 to 1900, which are key word searchable, as well as digitised versions of the post office directories for the years 1893 to 1949 that can be browsed but are not key word searchable.

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board - Perth, Western Australia
A searchable database of interments, cremations and memorials at Fremantle Cemetery and the Perth cemeteries of Karrakatta, Pinnaroo Valley, Midland, Guildford and Rockingham Regional. Search by surname and/or given name(s).

State Records of Western Australia
The State Record Office of Western Australia has the "responsibility for managing, preserving and providing access to the State's archives." Available on this website are guides to the collection, ArchivesSearch and much more.

Archives New Zealand
Archives New Zealand hold a variety of records including immigration, education, naturalisation, probate and inquests. Research resources provide in-depth information on the collections.

Auckland City Libraries
Provides useful family history resources with databases covering Auckland area passenger arrivals 1838-1883, heritage images, police and cemetery records.

Auckland War Memorial museum
The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and contains the Online Cenotaph, where people can search for information on New Zealand service men and women.

Cemeteries and Cemetery Records : New Zealand
Hosted by Christchurch City Libraries, this site provides access to a number of New Zealand cemeteries including online indexes where they are available.

Department of Internal Affairs: Births, Deaths and Marriages
The Births, Deaths and Marriage Office are responsible for the registration of all births, deaths and marriages in New Zealand and access to the certificates. Births, Deaths and Marriages Online is a historical database to search New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages from the 1840s onwards. Some year restrictions do apply.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
The site offers over 3000 biographies of notable, deceased New Zealanders.

Otago Nominal Index
Contains 241302 records from a variety of sources including newspapers, electoral rolls, directories and police gazettes for the Otago and Southland district.

Papers past
Showcases selected 19th and 20th century New Zealand newspapers; magazines and journals; letters and diaries; parliamentary papers and digitised New Zealand books in English and Maori. The site currently contains digital images of over seven million pages from a growing number of publications.

Passenger Lists
This site contains a number of passenger lists to ships entering New Zealand. These lists can be searched by the name of the ship or by the port of arrival. Information is provided about general conditions on the voyage out and government regulations to be observed onboard.

Varcoe's New Zealand Marriages Index
This database can be used in conjunction with the New Zealand marriage indexes on microfiche to find marriage partners. The New Zealand births, deaths and marriages indexes are available on microfiche at State Library.

BBC - History - Family History
The BBC provides family historians with a wealth of information on how to trace their British family tree and explores the types of resource available.

British History Online
A digital library of primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, primarily concentrating on the time period between 1300 and 1800. The collection currently contains over 1270 items. Search the resources, browse the full catalogue and view subject guides.

Burke's Peerage & Gentry : the authentic genealogical guide to the UK and Ireland's titled and untitled families
A database listing the individuals and families who shaped the U.K. and Ireland.

FreeCEN: UK Census Online Project
Contains indexes to census records for England, Wales and Scotland for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. This is an ongoing project and not yet complete.

FreeREG: UK Parish Regsiters
The aim of FreeREG is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK. England and Wales began recording baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers in 1853. These records are separate to civil registration that began in 1837. This database contains baptism, marriage and burial records extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources. This is an ongoing process, and is not yet complete.

GENUKI : UK & Ireland genealogy
GENUKI is the definitive site for genealogical research in the UK and Ireland. Tips on locating information and writing a family history are provided.

National Archives
The National Archives holds government records for the United Kingdom. A number of research guides are available to help in the location and access of various types of records. Search the Discovery catalogue, which searches the National Archives as well as over 2,500 archives across the UK.

Society of Genealogists
This British society has a Learn page where a number of useful family history resource guides can be found plus a range of hints and tips to help family historians with their research.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
Provides access to a number of useful databases for family historians including Cheshire 19th century online tithe maps, Cheshire wills 1492-1940, railway staff registers and an index to Overleigh Cemetery.

This pay-per-view website contains indexes to various records including English censuses and births, deaths and marriages. The site also contains an index to English migration records from 1890 to 1960. Some immigration records are available at the SLQ.

This database of indexes to English and Welsh civil registration births, deaths and marriages from 1837 to 1983 is an ongoing project and not yet complete.

General Register Office (GRO) UK
The GRO historic birth and death indexes for England and Wales are now searchable via the online ordering site.  If you are using the site for the first time you will need to complete the registration process to login even to use the indexes. The birth index also provides mothers’ maiden names for the full range of entries back to 1837. On other websites, it is only possible for researchers see these details for births registered from July 1911 onwards. In addition, the death index allows users to search for an individual by age at death all the way back to 1837.

For those purchasing records, PDF copies of registration records are available for the following:
Births: 1837-1934
Deaths: 1837-1957

Later indexes are also available online but the certificates are not available as PDFs and cost more:
Births:   1984-2020
Deaths: 1984-2020

No marriage indexes are online yet

See the GRO’s frequently asked questions for further information

Historical Directories of England and Wales
A digital library of local and trade directories, part of University of Leicester's online special collections, covering England and Wales from 1760s to 1910s.

The History of Ewyas Lacy - An ancient Hundred of South-West Herefordshire
This website has been put together and is maintained by a group of local historians. It contains historical records of the people and places in the ten modern-day parishes which together formed the ancient lands of Ewyas Lacy, namely Craswall, Cusop, Llancillo, Llanveynoe, Longtown [with Clodock], Michaelchurch Escley, Newton, Rowlestone, St Margarets, and Walterstone.

London Lives
Provides access to 240,000 manuscripts including workhouse records, criminal registers, coroners' reports and court orders ranging from 1,690 to 1,800 through a searchable database. 3.35 million names are listed in these documents.

London Metropolitan Archives
The City of London archives has a series of information leaflets for family history research in London.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Searchable database of nearly 200,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court, the Old Bailey between 1674 and 1913.

Victoria county history
Provides a background to the local county histories series, current research being undertaken and the status of progress on the history of each county. SLQ holds most of the published volumes of this series.

Welsh Mariners
Online index of over 23,500 Welsh Merchant Mariners - masters, mates and engineers from 1800 to 1945.

Welsh newspapers online 1804-1919
Provides nearly 120 newspapers free.  It also includes newspaper content that has been digitised by The Welsh Experience of World War One project.

Belfast City Council burial records
Search for burial records in Belfast from 1869 onwards. Around 360,000 records are available relating to Belfast City Cemetery - records from 1869 (including the Jewish, public and Glenalina extension sections); Roselawn Cemetery - records from 1954; and Dundonald Cemetery - records from 1905.

Catholic Parish registers at the National Library of Ireland
This website contains images from the NLI’s collection of Catholic parish register microfilms. The registers contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880.

Clare County Library
Clare County Library has produced a large number of online indexes including names of local landowners, Justices of the Peace, school registers, Griffith’s Valuation and more.

Census of Ireland 1901/1911
They are arranged by townland or by street. They cover all 32 counties. The search of the index and viewing of original documents is free.

Directory of Irish genealogy
The Directory provides information on searching for Irish ancestors. One of the features of the site is the Primer in Irish Genealogy.

Donegal Genealogy Resources
This site contains a number of useful guides and indexes. You can find information on the Donegal Relief Fund, an immigration scheme operated in Australia, which ran between 1858 and 1862.

IreAtlas Townland Database
A database of townland locations providing details of county, acreage, civil parish, barony, province and Poor Law Union.

Irish Family History Foundation
An all Ireland network of local county genealogy centres. The genealogy centres’ databases include  parish church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, census returns and gravestone inscriptions; which are searchable online. To search is free but to view is subscription based.

Irish Genealogy
Contains church records for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kerry, which includes parishes in western and north-western areas of County Cork, and Church of Ireland records of Dublin City, County Kerry and County Carlow. The church records for a subset of the Roman Catholic parishes in Dublin City and a subset of the Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cork and Ross are also available as are a small number of Presbyterian records. In addition to these records, digital images of the originals of these church records are also available to view.

The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers
A one-stop, “online colour-coded resource with live links to other relevant online resources is now available from The Representative Church Body Library of the Church of Ireland. The list accounts for all Church of Ireland parochial registers of baptism, marriage and burial - noting what survives, the dates covered, and where they are located. Where registers were destroyed in the burning of the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) during the Irish Civil War in 1922, the list records details about abstracts, transcripts and where they are held.”

National Archives of Ireland
The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish state which document its historical evolution and the creation of its national identity. Included on this site is the Ireland-Australia transportation database, an index to convicts transported from Ireland to Australia 1788-1868. The State Library hold the records on microfilm.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
A major site for research in Northern Ireland. Church records, wills and testaments as well as landed estate records are held here.

Ulster Historical Foundation
Provides access to a wide range of Irish and Irish-Scots genealogical resources through membership, pay-per-view and free databases.

Views of the famine
Views of the Famine has gathered a number of articles and pictures on various aspects of the Irish Famine including housing, begging, ejectment, food riots, funerals and emigration.

Electric Scotland
Links to information on Scottish clans and families.

Genealogy from Rampant Scotland Directory
Provides a directory of Scottish genealogical sites.

National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland has a wide range of family history resources. Their family history page has links to several pages that provide a brief overview of some of the types of material they have available. Take note of their frequently asked questions page if you're not sure where to start.

National Records of Scotland 
Explore their family history page to learn about the main records that can be used to research Scottish heritage through research guides, plus discover where and when you can access the records.

ScotlandsPlaces is a free resource that lets people explore thousands of records about Scotland.  There are three ways to locate information: search for a place name, click on a map or type in a postcode. It brings together three national collections so that people can easily find maps, photographs and written records about a chosen place.

Scotland’s People
One of the largest online sources of original genealogical information for Scotland including births, deaths and marriages, census and wills. Simple or advanced searches are available but you will need to register to view the search results. Payment is required to view, download or order copies of individual records.

Scottish archive network
The aim of the site is to make the rich history of Scotland available online.

Scottish Post Office directories
Online access to 600 directories for the period 1773 to 1911, covering 28 of Scotland's towns and counties.

Shetland Family History Home Page
A large database of people with connections to the Shetland Island.

Archion is a cooperative project among the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the majority of regional protestant churches in Germany. Archion is also open to municipal, communal, and other church archives. It contains over 20 million pages of digitised church records that are continually being added to.

Atlas des Deutschen Reichs
This digitized version of the 1883 edition has a detailed name index which includes even small towns and villages. Maps can be downloaded free.

Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939
Passenger lists for emigrants departing from the German port of Bremen between 1920-1939. Only a small number of the emigrants came to Australia in this period from Bremen.

DAGV - Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände
The DAGV is the umbrella organization of the genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany. The DAGV currently has 69 member associations, which in turn represent some 22,000 individual members.

Emigration from Southwest-Germany
This database contains the names of emigrants from Baden, Württemberg and Hohenzollern in Germany from the 1700s to the 1900s. Records contain the name of the emigrant, date of emigration, occupation, religion, last place of residence and country of destination.

FamilySearch - German gazetteers
The FamilySearch Wiki provides a good place to start when looking for resources to help in the location of German places.

The German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance (GAGHA) is a network of German-Australian history and genealogy organisations who have an interest in ensuring that research and knowledge about German Australian history is disseminated widely and, where possible, freely. : the number one source in German genealogy
A comprehensive site which provides information on emigration, regional resources and terminology.

Graebernachweis des Volksbundes Deutsche Kriegsgraeberfuersorge
The database covers over 1.8 million German war graves from Egypt to Uzbekistan. Text in German.

Danish National Archives
Provides a number of services on the internet that make it possible to search for your ancestors online.

National Archives of Norway
Provides some useful guides for genealogical research in Norway or when looking for Norwegian ancestors. Also available is Digitalarkivet (Digital Archives).  The Digital Archives enables you to search digitised materials from the National Archives, Regional Archives and other archives in Norway.

WhoWasWho - Netherlands
WhoWasWho contains millions of records about persons in the past, collected from a large number of Dutch archive organizations participating in WhoWasWho. The records cover such areas as civil registration records, population registers, church registers and more. This website also contains family trees and biographies created by other users, which are available to view if it has been made public by the user.


Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Genealogy and Family History
Access a number of genealogical databases such as census records. There is also access to some digitised material available through Canadiana Heritage. There is also information for beginners, guides on various subjects, how to access LAC records and links to other useful websites.

United States of America (USA)

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
A searchable database of records on the 22 million passengers and ship crew members who emigrated to the United States via Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Registration is free.

USGenWeb Project
The Project aims to provide genealogical research websites for every county and state of the United States.

Families in British India Society (FIBIS)
Families in British India Society (FIBIS) assists those researching their family history and the context in which their ancestors lived. The FIBIS Database is available for anyone to search a vast array of records from births, deaths, marriages and shipping to personal papers, newspaper notices and photographs.

India Office family history search
The India Office family history search is part of the British Library specialising in birth, death marriage records found in India Office Records mainly for British and European people in India c1600-1949. There are also records for those connected to the history of the British in India from other countries. offers a large range of family history resources including free and subscription-based databases. Free access to the database and related image is available onsite at the State Library.

Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names
A database of Jewish victims of the Holocaust during the Second World War. Includes date and place of birth, place of residence, name of father and date and place of death.

Cyndi's list of genealogy sites on the internet
Contains links to genealogy sites across the world. Browse by subject or search using keywords.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filmed birth, baptism and marriage records on a world-wide basis. Not all records within a country have been filmed. Church members have also added their own records and Web sites. This is an extensive index of these records. Registration is free but you will need to register in order to view the records.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Transcribed shipping lists to read on-line. Incomplete coverage. Heavy American bias, but some Australian lists including WW2 European immigrants to Australia up to 1966.
Provides access to the telephone directories of more than 180 countries. Often email and business directories are also available.
Rootsweb provides access to a large number of databases including surnames, mailing lists and message boards.

Ships List
A database of information about immigrant ships travelling between Australia, Canada and other countries, with links to related sites of interest. It includes information about the major shipping companies and their vessels,immigration depots, some passenger lists, ships' arrivals and official immigration reports.

What passenger lists are online?
"A directory of passenger records available on the Internet to help find your immigrant ancestors." Links to North American, Australian, New Zealand and various other lists. There are also links to other genealogy resources and lists from many European countries.

Australian Copyright Council Online Information Centre
The ACC provides a number of information sheets on copyright issues relevant to family historians and others.

Bing Translator - Text translation and web page translation
Automatic translater from the Bing search engine. Translate words or whole web pages from English into several other European languages, and from the same languages, into English.

Brigham Young University (BYU) Family History Library
Contains a range of useful aids such as pedigree and family group charts to help you map your family tree, also helpful tips on how to write a family history.

Genealogy mailing lists
There are a large number of mailing lists available and they can be useful in contacting others with specific interests.

Public Profiler
Search the origin and location of family names, throughout the British Isles and the major English speaking countries. Various statistics about the geographical spread of the surname are provided.

Researching your family tree : an introduction to genealogy
This free interactive family history tutorial is American but useful for understanding how to use pedigree and family groups sheets and the importance of birth, death and marriage indexes.