and International Records
||The site I used for my family tree
||Ancestry probably has more records than genes
You can get onto the 1881 census for free.
Archives & records
||Records for England and Wales including records
of births deaths and marriages
It will cost you about £5 for each certificate you have to order, so before you do it's worth checking whether a relative or online contact has already got a copy - mine are all here on line.
||Records of the 1911 Census were not supposed to
be released until 2011 - but I think the last government decided they
would get the fees rather than leaving it to next lot, so they released
the data two years early.
||Scotlands national record system is much easier
use than the English one and goes back further.
||A brilliant free service provided by the Mormon
Church - but beware - the information was all submitted by amateurs who
may sometimes have made mistakes.
||This site enables you to trace people who are
alive today - very useful say, if you have an unusual name and
know you have distant cousins living in a certain area. I must
I find it a bit scary that people can look each others addresses up
easily. Especially if you annoy people as often as I do !
Records and websites
||The Essex County Records Office.
Provides free access to photographic copies of parish registers and other records. An excellent service as far as it goes, but much of the material has not yet been put on line, so you may find it frustrating to know that the source is there but you cant get at it.
By the way that's the original Essex, not the one in America
||If you have never heard of
"Glossop" it's the earliest place to which I have been able to
trace my Johnson ancestors.
||An excellent website on the
local history of Seaham Harbour, produced and maintained by local
people - an excellent example of the internet being at the centre of
||Produced by the same group of
people as the Seaham site, another real gem
|Personal websites and sites linked to one particular name|
|http://www.bruce.net.tc/||Bruce Rayner's own website. (Not
me - another
Bruce has encouraged a lot of people to research their Rayner links.
The website includes some useful records in PDF format
|http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wearerayner/||I like the way this group is set up - but sadly not many people are using it yet.|
|http://msnrayners.multiply.com/||This is one of several sites set
up by members
the Rayner family to help each other .
First you have to go to multiply.com, and join, and then you use this link to get you to the actual group.
It's just getting started and there's no way to know how much help it will be.