Tracing your family history onlineFollowing any of these links will take you to an external website...
- the official genealogy site of the Welsh & English census information for 1901.
- the leading genealogy resource on the internet which provides access to a vast range of worldwide genealogical resources. These include access to the England and Wales Civil Registration Index and to the census for England and Wales for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.
Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry - the principal family history society for Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - The Debt of Honour Register provides personal and service information and details of the memorials for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.
Documents Online - access to the UK National Archives collection of digitised public records. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury's (PCC) entire collection of over one million wills, 1384-1858, is now available here. You can search the index for free, and can download the digital image (PDF) of a will for £3.
FamilySearch - The site of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints provides access to a vast international library of family history records, offering the opportunity to search for ancestors by name online. The site also contains the 1881 Census.
Find My Past - (formerly known as 1837 online). Exact replicas of the indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2001. These images are available to search, view (including zooming in on those awkward-to-read names), save to disk and print for a modest charge.
FreeBMD - Free access to transcribed Civil Registration records for England and Wales. An ongoing project with over 125 million distinct records to date.
Genealogy.com Family Explorer - Discover Your Family Tree - Useful site for people new to genealogy and family history. Begins from basics.
GENUKI - the UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service. The site provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information with details on getting started in genealogy, useful contacts, societies and a surname index.
- resources, help and advice on family history and ancestry in the UK.
The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office)
- the site of the National Archive of England, Wales and the UK. Holds many relating to family history and provides a link to the 1901 Census site.
- over 50 million documents spanning almost five centuries of Scottish history, including Census, registers, and wills.
Society of Genealogists
- provides information on the work and projects carried out by the society. There is also access to information leaflets on family history and to an online bookshop.
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Services - the main starting point for researching family history in Staffordshire. The site explains the role of the local archive service and provides information about record offices, free leaflets, publications for sale and forthcoming events. Also provides access to the 'Gateway to the Past' which is the online catalogue of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service.
Staffordshire Births, Marriages and Deaths on the Internet - the Staffordshire Registration Service and the county's family history societies are collaborating to make the Register Office Indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Staffordshire from 1837-1950 available online.
Victorian Census Project
- the project is based at Staffordshire University and aims to computerise source documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth century. The site includes useful downloadable information for family history.