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The information contained here has been compiled from various sources over a number of years. I began with family knowledge, and the visits I made as a teenager to various members of the family yielded much precious information and not a few original photographs, certificates, and even some vaccination certificates from the mid 1800's. 


Visits to the local libraries and record offices to sift through census returns (which were taken every 10 years in England beginning in 1801) – they are not so useful for 1801,11,21,31 where they survive – 1841 being the most useful of these early census returns, where ages were rounded up or down and the birth place is only given on a county basis. The LDS CD Census Returns for 1881 nationally, and for Devon, Warwick and Norfolk for 1851, have been invaluable in filling in gaps. The 1851 Census is much more enlightening because it gives a more precise area of birth, usually by parish.   The 1891 Devon Census available from the GENUKI site has also been invaluable.   The University of Nottingham offers a search facility for names on the 1891 Census, which I found very useful.   I, like everyone else, am waiting for the 1901British Census to be up and running online. 


Parish records were a requirement for births, deaths and marriages from the late 1500’s, and they can be consulted at a number of locations, (County Libraries, Family History Societies, Family History Centers, and Record Offices). Their condition varies from parish to parish, and you will not usually be able to consult the original books, but microfilm copies of the same. .   For parish records, of particular value has been the  LDS web site.    On this site, the IGI, (international genealogical index) used with an LDS Batch No has allowed me to narrow down my searches, and really focus in on the information I need. The Place Search Section on the LDS site has been useful for less well-known areas.    Batch Numbers that begin with a C, M, or P, usually indicate that the information has come from the LDS extraction program, direct from Parish Records, and not from individual researchers. 


The civil registration index is a very useful resource.  All births, deaths, and marriages in England have been recorded and indexed since 1837.  Local libraries, and record offices usually hold the national index on microfiche and the central record office in London holds the register books, which can be looked through.  Copies of certificates can be ordered by phone to Southport, or direct from London, though it is cheaper to deal with Local Registry Offices. If you have an index number then this will bring down the charge to you even further, so is worth obtaining.    FreeBMD.   a site devoted to providing the index listings for civil registration certificates is becoming really useful as the amount of index records increases on their site, if you have tried it before and gave up, try it again!  


The Internet has been a very useful resource, and below is a list of sights that I found particularly useful.  I have also been able to communicate with a number of fellow researchers who have been working on the same lines

Devon Links

Berkshire Links

Genealogy links Devon

Genuki Berkshire

Devon Family History Society

Berkshire Local History Association

Rootsweb Devon

Geneaolgy Links Berkshire

Brixham Heritage Site Highly recommended

Berkshire GenWeb Project

Devon Record Office

Berkshire Family History Society

Herald’s Visitations of County of Devon


South Hams Family History Site


Registers of Exeter Cathedral


Plymtree Parish Registers


UK Genealogy Devon Links


Some excellent Devon Links


1891 Census Transcription Project


Dartmoor Press


Ipplepen (will do look-ups)





Norfolk Links

London Links

Genealogy Links Devon

Genealogy Research Aids London

Genuki Norfolk


Parish Register Transcription Society Norfolk

Buckinghamshire Links

The Internet Branch of the Norfolk Family History Society

Buckinhamshire Family History Society

.The Norfolk Family History Society


This is a super site, which includes a large archive of Norfolk source records.  It is growing all the time and so is worth revisiting.

Norfolk Transcription Archive


White's Name Index 1845,1883 Norfolk


OLD NORFOLK NET  A super site for details of yards and various places of interest around Norwich.  There is also a section on Great Yarmouth.



Oxon Links

Surrey Links

Genuki Oxfordshire

Surrey Family History Society

Oxford Family History Society


OFHS Publications available on microfiche



Surname Searches

Census Links

 Online English Names Research Directory 

Genuki Census Information

 Berkshire Surname Interests

General Census Links

 Oxon Surname Interests 

Rootsweb FreeCen

Norfolk Surname Interests 

Census Dates

Ives Norfolk Marriages  From Boyd’s Marriage Index.


Guild of One-Name Studies



Places of Interest from Family Tree

Record Offices

Great Yarmouth's History

Berkshire Record Office

Buckenham Norfolk

Norfolk Record Office


Bucklebury Berkshire Parish Web site includes history, photographs, map


Oxford Record Office

Topsham Devon (Super photographs)Topsham Devon Links, Maps and History

GENUKI: Public Records Office Contents  Useful site to help you wade through the PRO

Public Record Office



Maritime Links


Cyndi's List of Links for UK and Ireland

Family History Merchant Seamen PRO

World Connect Genealogy at Rootsweb

More information at PRO on merchant seamen

World Gen Web

                                               Military Links  They have a number of source records to search, including information that FreeBMD have gathered on Civil Registration Index.  For a Quarterly/Yearly subscription you are able to access their growing pool of source records, including Pallot’s Marriage Index, which was mostly destroyed in the last war.  It has proved useful to me however, on a number of occasions. Be careful subscribing as renewal is automatic, unless you give notice of cancellation.


List of GENUKI Contents Pages

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

English Origins - Genealogy data for family history research in England Access costs £6 for 150 credits (records) valid for 48 hours. In association with the Society of Genealogists.

Parish Registers General

Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd Contains a number of CD’s etc which can be purchased online. Easy to use, and gives details of records available for purchase in each county. (Not cheap)

FreeReg Ambitious project committed to providing free access to Parish Records.  The project is still in it’s infancy, and so will be worth revisiting

Family Tree Magazine Links The links are for some of the growing number of source records available on the internet, as well as for more general links, and is useful to have a look at.

Parish Register Transcription Society

PRO list of Genealogy Links


The Domesday Book


Emigration - Shipping lists etc


Shipping Lists

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

Shipping Arrivals to Australia

 Roman Catholics

Occupation Links

Catholic Family History Society Homepage

Railway Ancestors Family History Society



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