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Emigration, Immigration, Migration

Emigration & Immigration Schemes pre 1900
Information of different schemes under which migrants arrived in Australia as well as other countries.

Colonialism
Settler colonies, such as the original thirteen states of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina arose from the emigration of peoples from a mother country and involved displacement of the indigenous peoples to their permanent detriment.

Great Human Migrations
Western historians refer to the period of migrations that separated Antiquity from the Middle Ages in Europe as the 'Great Migrations' or as the Migrations Period. This period is further divided into two phases.  The first phase, from 300 to 500 AD and the second phase, between 500 and 900 AD.  See also Medieval and Early Modern Europe and see World War II evacuation and expulsion for World War II forced migrations.

Medieval English Genealogy
In medieval times, you would think that it is easier to trace the ancestry of the wealthy and prominent than the poor and insignificant. In fact, medieval families can be easy to trace without being tremendously wealthy - the tenancy of a single manor could, in the right circumstances, give rise to detailed records of succession going back to the mid-thirteenth century (and possibly earlier). It can be argued that, if genealogy teaches us anything useful, it is that all of us have ancestors in all walks of life only a few generations back, so that (if we can only connect with them) we must all have many ancestors with traceable pedigrees in medieval times.  See also list of 'Lost Settlements and Deserted Medieval Villages in the UK'.

Mormon Emigration from Sheffield
Relief from the hard conditions for the poor and working class brought about by Mormon Missionaries offering people the chance to start a new life in America as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  See also Latter-Day Saints - The Mormons.

War Brides (UK)
More than one hundred thousand British war brides and large numbers of children sailed away, mostly bound for Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 1946 and 1947.  Indexes to War Bride ship passenger lists are available online See also the Canadian War Brides site.

The shipslist
Find your ancestors on ship passenger lists. There's also immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA,
Australia and even some for South Africa.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Includes sites to research emigration, immigration and naturalization, 100+ passenger list sites, ethnic research, libraries and archives, passenger ship types, descriptions and images, and additional worldwide maritime information available both on-line and off-line.

Ships in Ports - 1881 Census
The 1881 Census contains details of many ships in UK ports. These records are useful for tracing seamen and passengers coming into or going out of the country. For those who do not have easy access to the 1881 census the following pages give the details of the people concerned. A new section of the site is now in progress. This will cover mariners at various shore establishments eg Royal Navy Barracks, Training Schools & Colleges, Seamen's Homes, Prisons etc.  See also further information at the British Seamen's & Mariners Research Links (Bob Sanders).

FindMyPast.com
Online searchable records including; Ships Passenger Lists Leaving UK - 1890-1919 now available, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Census Records, Military Records, Migration Records, Occupations & Directories, Living Relatives. Terms and conditions may apply.

Immigration & Naturalization - Cyndi's List
Extensive list of global links regarding Immigration and Naturalization.

Genealogy Links by Country
Extensive list of links and resources to help you find family trees, research guides, historical and genealogical societies, genealogy databases, surnames, and local history organized by region, country and locality
by About.com.

Coraweb for Genealogists
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History.

Genealogy Mine, Immigration
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Genuki: Emigration & Immigration
United Kingdom and Ireland Emigration and Immigration information including links pertaining to general topics, Australasia, France, India, North America, Canada, South Africa and South America.

The British Colonies            << MORE
Sheffield Indexers extensive list of genealogical links pertaining to the British Colonies including; America, Australia, Canada, Caribbean & West Indies, India, New Zealand and South Africa.

Census Finder - Free Census Records Online
Census Finder is a tool  designed to help you find sites which offer free census records online.  Site features links to; US Census Records, UK Census Records, Canadian Census Records, Census Indexes & Images as well as Census Links.

BMD Certificate Index           << NEW
If you have a lot of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates and are wondering what to do with them, why not index them where they can be seen by your potential Rellies.  Currently accepting certificates related to Sheffield YKS and surrounding areas.
 

United Kingdom                                    << Back to Top >>

General Register Office (GRO) - England & Wales
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations including; Births, Deaths, Stillbirths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Adoptions.

The National Archives of England
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.  You can see this collection at The National Archives in Kew, West London, or view certain documents online. Research Guides are available through their online catalogue.

English Family History Societies
The Federation of Family History Societies' (FFHS) list of Member Contacts.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

FreeREG Search Parish Registers - UK
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information). 

Catholic Church Local History & Genealogy
Extensive list of links to the Catholic Archdiocese, Diocese and more, for England and Wales. See also Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Church of England - Anglican
The Anglican Communion is a worldwide family of churches located on every continent, and has more than 70 million adherents in 38 Provinces spreading across 161 countries. The Church of England is the mother church of the Anglican Communion, and covers England, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly and even a small part of Wales. It also includes the Diocese in Europe, which has congregations in the rest of Europe, Morocco, Turkey and the Asian countries of the former Soviet Union.

Quaker Family History Society
The Quaker Family History Society was formed in 1993 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Their aim is to encourage and assist anyone interested in tracing the history of Quaker families in Britain and Ireland. They are based in Britain and its members include; Family historians with Quaker ancestors, Friends with an interest in history, including that of their local meeting and those who wish to learn about their British Quaker ancestors. See also Wikipedia's Quakers ~ Religious Society of Friends page and BBC's Quakers Page.  See also Friend Schools.

Genuki: British Isles
Extensive list of genealogical information for the the British Isles as being made up of England, Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Together, these constitute the British Isles - which is a geographical term for a group of islands lying off the north-west coast of mainland Europe.

Genealogy Links - England
Another Gateway Site for information on; general links, cemeteries, census, directories, marriages, military, parish registers, passenger lists.

Genealogy Mine, England
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Cyndi's List
US based genealogical list with information for England.  See also Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

UK Genealogy Links
UK Genealogy Links website offering another gateway of links to national and international genealogy websites.

Coraweb for Genealogists - UK
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History for the UK.

Sheffield Indexers, Census Strays            << MORE
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to Census Strays relating to Sheffield and Yorkshire.

Yorkshire & Surrounding Counties            << MORE
Sheffield Indexers collection of popular Historical and Genealogical links for Yorkshire and the surrounding counties of  Cheshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Westmorland/Cumbria.

BMD Certificate Index           << NEW
If you have a lot of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates and are wondering what to do with them, why not index them where they can be seen by your potential Rellies.  Currently accepting certificates related to Sheffield YKS and surrounding areas.

Counties of England
Historic Counties of Great Britain.

GENMAPS
Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland and Wales. (Rootsweb).

Churches of Britain & Ireland etc
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.

Roll of Honour
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.  See also other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.
 

Ireland                                    << Back to Top >>

General Register Office (GRO) - Ireland
The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Republic of Ireland.

Irish Roots
9 million Irish Church, Census, and Gravestone records now online. The Irish Family History Foundation, a network of county-based genealogical research centres on the island of Ireland, is now making their records available via an online research system (ORS).  The Irish Roots website will eventually hold details of all church records, which in some cases go back over 400 years to 1600. The site contains the largest online, searchable collection of Parish records for the island of Ireland. The complete indexes, which list surname, first name, year and county of ALL records is freely searchable. To view a detailed record you can purchase credit online for instant access for a small fee.

Catholic Church Local History & Genealogy
Extensive list of links to the Catholic Archdiocese and Diocese for The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which is divided into four ecclesiastical provinces or metropolitan sees: Armagh (North-East), Dublin (East, South-East), Cashel (South, South-West) and Tuam (West).

Church of Ireland - Anglican
The staff of the RCB Library will be glad to offer advice on all queries concerning Church of Ireland archives and manuscripts and related printed and reference works. It should be stressed, however, that they will not undertake genealogical research on behalf of readers. The Representative Church Body Library is the Church of Ireland's principal repository for its archives and manuscripts, and holds records from over 900 parishes in the Republic of Ireland.  Records from a small number of parishes in the Republic are in the National Archives , and the remainder are in the custody of local clergy.  In Northern Ireland most parish registers are available in copy form in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, while original parish records are either in the custody of the local clergy or in PRONI.

Public Record Office Northern Ireland
PRONI is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public. It is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. In addition, it collects a wide range of archives from private sources. They also advise on and promotes best practice in archive and records management to ensure that today’s records will be available for future generations. Located in Belfast, it is a government organisation founded in 1923 (shortly after the partition of Ireland). It now operates as part of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

National Archives of Ireland
The National Archives holds many of the records which are relevant to Irish genealogy and local history. Although it cannot undertake research on behalf of members of the public, everyone is welcome to visit and explore the sources they hold on family and local history. Members of the public can also avail of the in-house Genealogy Service which offers a free, short personal consultation service by professional genealogists to visitors to the National Archives who are researching their family tree.  See also their online records.

National Library of Ireland
The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest. Users of the Library include those engaged in long-term research, others who may wish to view a book or newspaper article or those with a specific once off need. The National Library is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections for material not otherwise available through the public library service or an academic library. There is also a copying service and it is possible to get photocopies, photographs, slides, or microfilm of most items in the collections. The Genealogical Office, the Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street, and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.

The Irish Family History Foundation
The Irish Family History Foundation is the coordinating body for a network of county based genealogical research centres on the island of Ireland. These centres have computerised millions of Irish genealogical records, including church records, census returns and gravestone inscriptions. You will find information here about the Irish Family History Foundation centre in each member county. Through them you can have research carried out on your family history from the millions of records which they have gathered over the years.

Irish Family History Society
The objectives of the Irish Family History Society are To promote the study of Irish family history and genealogy, record gravestone inscriptions, preserve, secure and make accessible archival material, advise Irish researchers, encourage the repatriation of information from overseas on Irish emigrants, establish a reference library for the use of members and collaborate with and support other societies with similar aims.

Irish Family History Societies
The Federation of Family History Societies' (FFHS) list of Member Contacts.

Quaker Family History Society
The Quaker Family History Society was formed in 1993 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Their aim is to encourage and assist anyone interested in tracing the history of Quaker families in Britain and Ireland. They are based in Britain and its members include; Family historians with Quaker ancestors, Friends with an interest in history, including that of their local meeting and those who wish to learn about their British Quaker ancestors. See also Wikipedia's Quakers ~ Religious Society of Friends page and BBC's Quakers Page.  See also Friend Schools.

Genealogy Society of Ireland
As the mainstay of the Society's activities, it is their aim to have some genealogical resources available on-line here. This section of our website is still under construction. Areas listed are those that they hope to cover in their on-line resources.

Ireland GenWeb Project
This website is part of the Ireland GenWeb Project and is provided as a resource for individuals researching their ancestors and associated local history in Ireland. Information on General References, Civil Registration, Links and Mailing Lists and much more.  See also Irish Genealogy Project (IGP) and their list of counties assigned.

Northern Ireland GenWeb Project
This website is part of the Northern Ireland GenWeb Project and is provided as a resource for individuals researching their ancestors and associated local history in Northern Ireland. Information on General References, Civil Registration, Links and Mailing Lists and much more.

Northern Ireland
Ireland Genealogy Projects County Down website. Here you will find wonderful resources to help with your genealogical research and hopefully track down your elusive County Down ancestors. The site also contains lots of background reference material to help you build up a complete picture of what life was like for your family living in County Down. If you are new to research in County Down you may want to start by checking out the Free Research Recourses.

More on Irish Counties
More historical and genealogical links for the counties in Ireland.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

BDM Exchange - Ireland
Births Deaths and Marriages Exchange for Ireland ~ a free resource for Ireland genealogy and Irish family history. For anyone researching their family history in Ireland, the aim of the Exchange is to provide a free resource for sharing information about ancestors found in Ireland. The site does not permit offers involving the replication and distribution of copyright material gained from GROS.

Irish Genealogy Ltd.
Irish Genealogy Ltd has been established to co-ordinate the Irish Genealogical Project, a unique undertaking that helps you find answers to the questions you have about your Irish roots. What makes the Irish Genealogical Project unique is that it embraces the whole of the island of Ireland, and is supported by Government agencies.  See their online search engine. Terms and Conditions apply.

Genuki: British Isles
Extensive list of genealogical information for the the British Isles as being made up of England, Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Together, these constitute the British Isles - which is a geographical term for a group of islands lying off the north-west coast of mainland Europe.

Genealogy Links - Ireland
Another Gateway Site for information on; general links, cemeteries, census, directories, marriages, military, parish registers, passenger lists.

Genealogy Mine, Ireland
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Cyndi's List
US based genealogical list with information for Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Coraweb for Genealogists - Ireland
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History for Ireland.

Churches of Britain & Ireland etc
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.

Roll of Honour
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.  See also other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.
 

Scotland                                    << Back to Top >>

General Register Office (GRO) - Scotland
Responsible for Scotland's registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions. They run and use Census and other data to publish information about population and households. They are the main source of family history records.

National Archives of Scotland
In the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) you will find records created by Scottish government from the 12th century until the present day, along with private records created by businesses, landed estates, families, courts, churches and other corporate bodies. Some of these are important sources for family history.

Scotland GenWeb Project
This website is part of the Scotland GenWeb Project and is provided as a resource for individuals researching their ancestors and associated local history in Scotland. Information on General References, Civil Registration, Links and Mailing Lists and much more.

Scottish Association of Family History Societies
The Scottish Association of Family History Societies was founded on 4th October 1986 to enable individual societies to communicate with one another. Their membership has grown and now includes all established family history societies in Scotland, as well as several national and regional bodies throughout the world. Its main aims are to promote and encourage the study of Scottish family history, and provide a forum for the exchange, collection and distribution of information among members.

Scottish Genealogy Society
The Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1953* to promote research into Scottish Family History and to advance and encourage the collection, exchange and publication of material relating to Scottish genealogy and family history. The founding members soon began to collect printed books, manuscripts and pedigrees and now, after many travels, in its own premises and having passed its 50th anniversary, the Society houses an important library which is constantly being added to. We now also have an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche of Old Parish Registers and Census Returns.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

FreeREG Search Parish Registers - Scotland
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information). 

Scottish Episcopal Church - Anglican
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a welcoming and inclusive Church that traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland. They are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion - a family of some 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries - for whom the Archbishop of Canterbury is a focus for unity. Within their Church there are seven historic regions covering the whole of Scotland.

Catholic Church Local History & Genealogy
Extensive list of links to the Catholic Archdiocese, Diocese and more, for
Scotland.

BDM Exchange - Scotland
Births Deaths and Marriages Exchange for Scotland ~ a free resource for Scotland genealogy and Scottish family history. For anyone researching their family history in Scotland, the aim of the Exchange is to provide a free resource for sharing information about ancestors found in Scotland. The site does not permit offers involving the replication and distribution of copyright material gained from GROS.

Scotlands People
The official Government source of genealogical data for Scotland.  It is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information with almost 50 million records to access, Including Births, Marriages, Banns, Baptisms, Deaths, Census as well as Wills & Testaments.

Talking Scot
This website is set up as a meeting place for people with an interest in Scottish genealogy, history and culture. Site includes a Forum, Gallery, Experts Section for professional service, List of Scottish Societies, Sources, Libraries, Registrar Info and Census Explanations.  See also their Useful Scottish Links page.

Genuki: British Isles
Extensive list of genealogical information for the the British Isles as being made up of England, Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Together, these constitute the British Isles - which is a geographical term for a group of islands lying off the north-west coast of mainland Europe.

Genealogy Links - Scotland
Another Gateway Site for information on; general links, cemeteries, census, directories, marriages, military, parish registers, passenger lists.

Genealogy Mine, Scotland
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Cyndi's List
US based genealogical list with information for Scotland.

Coraweb for Genealogists - Scotland
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History for Scotland.

GENMAPS
Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland and Wales. (Rootsweb).

Churches of Britain & Ireland etc
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.

Roll of Honour
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.  See also other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.

Scottish Mining Villages
The site contains information on miners' lives and on some of the mining towns and villages in Lanarkshire, Fife and other areas of Scotland - compiled from old reports, gazetteers and newspaper articles. The mining accident section covers the whole of Scotland - for the years 1852 to 1914, inclusive, these are taken from the Annual Reports of the Inspector of Mines, for other years these have been compiled from old newspaper articles. The site contains more than 16,000 names of those involved in the mining industry in Scotland. Other resources include information on miners housing, the 1842 Children's Employment Commission, lists of mines and collieries, a glossary of mining terms and a section on war memorials.
 

Wales                                    << Back to Top >>

General Register Office (GRO) - England & Wales
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations including; Births, Deaths, Stillbirths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Adoptions.

National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales is acknowledged as the principal centre for researching Welsh genealogy, and you are welcome to use its sources and facilities for researching the history of your own family. If you cannot visit the Library in person, please consult the list of independent researchers who may be willing to work on your behalf.  Search their online Catalogue.

Wales GenWeb Project
This website is part of the Wales GenWeb Project and is provided as a resource for individuals researching their ancestors and associated local history in Wales. Information on General References, Civil Registration, Links and Mailing Lists and much more.

Association of Family History Societies in Wales
The Association was formed in 1981 as a grouping of the Family History Societies which then existed within Wales. Its aims are to promote the study of family history and genealogy of Wales, to co-ordinate and support the activities of the Family History Societies, to promote and secure the publishing of material of particular interest and usefulness to family historians researching Welsh ancestry and to liaise with The Chapels Heritage Society (Capel), The National Library of Wales, the Welsh County Archivists' Group, and other appropriate bodies, to represent the interests and needs of the Family History Societies and their members.

Welsh Family History Societies
The Federation of Family History Societies' (FFHS) list of Member Contacts.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

FreeREG Search Parish Registers - Wales
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information). 

Catholic Church Local History & Genealogy
Extensive list of links to the Catholic Archdiocese, Diocese and more, for England and Wales. See also Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Church in Wales - Anglican
The Church in Wales is made up of over 900 parishes. If you live in Wales, you will live in a parish. Each parish covers a specific geographic area and is looked after by a cleric assigned to it. Parishes (which form part of a benefice) possess one or more churches, these churches usually known by their dedication (eg St Mary or St Paul or Christ Church). See also Parishes in Wales.

Genuki: British Isles
Extensive list of genealogical information for the the British Isles as being made up of England, Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Together, these constitute the British Isles - which is a geographical term for a group of islands lying off the north-west coast of mainland Europe.

Genealogy Links - Wales
Another Gateway Site for information on; general links, cemeteries, census, directories, marriages, military, parish registers, passenger lists.

Genealogy Mine, Wales
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Cyndi's List
US based genealogical list with information for Wales.

Coraweb for Genealogists - Wales
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History for Wales.

GENMAPS
Old and interesting maps of England, Scotland and Wales. (Rootsweb).

Churches of Britain & Ireland etc
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.

Roll of Honour
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.  See also other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.
 


The British Colonies

America | Australia | Canada | Caribbean & West Indies | India | New Zealand | South Africa
 

American Emigration                                    << Back to Top >>

Ellis Island, USA - Passenger Arrival Records
Searchable database for immigrants, passengers, and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York.  See also About.com Ellis Island.

Federation of Family History Societies - USA
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company. This link leads to the FFHS Overseas Member Societies listed for the USA.

US National Archives
The records in their holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include: Census Records, Military Records, Immigration Records (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization Records, Land Records. While you will not find the actual records online, you will find finding aids online, such as microfilm indexes, and information on how to conduct research in the different types of records.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Latter-Day Saints - The Mormons
They believe that every person is important and that families are meant to be both sacred and eternal. They encourage all people to find their ancestors and preserve their family histories. To help in this great pursuit, the Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. We have learned that interest in family history is not limited by culture, ethnicity or religious faith. People around the world are innately and intensely interested in their family heritage. Because the Church’s family history efforts are funded by charitable donations, it freely offers its resources to anyone interested in finding their family’s roots.  FamilySearch.org is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See also Mormon Emigration from Sheffield.

Quaker Family History Society
The Quaker Family History Society was formed in 1993 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Their aim is to encourage and assist anyone interested in tracing the history of Quaker families in Britain and Ireland. They are based in Britain and its members include; Family historians with Quaker ancestors, Friends with an interest in history, including that of their local meeting and those who wish to learn about their British Quaker ancestors. See also Wikipedia's Quakers ~ Religious Society of Friends page and BBC's Quakers Page.  See also Friend Schools.

British Colonization of the Americas (1500's to 1600's)
Began under the Kingdom of England in the late 16th century, before reaching its peak after the Acts of Union 1707, which established the Kingdom of Great Britain. Colonies were established in North, Central and South America and in the Caribbean, and a protectorate was established in Hawaii. The British were one of the most important colonizers of the Americas.

Jamestown, USA (1607)
The first permanent English settlement in North America established at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in 1607.  See also the Popham Colony.

Genealogy Links
Research your American roots with these United States genealogy resources, organized by state. Find a wealth of US genealogy resources for the states where your ancestors lived, including indexes to state vital records, online cemetery transcriptions, digitized census records, and maps of your ancestor's home town
by About.com.

Emigrants from England to US
Olive Tree Genealogy website includes passenger lists for emigrants from England to the USA and much more.

War Brides (UK)
More than one hundred thousand British war brides and large numbers of children sailed away, mostly bound for Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 1946 and 1947.  Indexes to War Bride ship passenger lists are available online See also the American War Brides site.

Genealogy Quest (1600-1900's)
Online collection of lists including; early US Census Records, Land Grants, Military Records, Naturalization Records, Ships Passenger Lists & Immigration and other miscellaneous lists.

Genealogy Mine, America
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.
 

Australian Emigration                                   << Back to Top >>

LDS Research Outline - Australia
An outstanding compilation of research strategies and resources that can help you learn more about your Australian ancestors.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Federation of Family History Societies - Australia
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company. This link leads to the FFHS Overseas Member Societies listed for Australia.

Australian Genealogy
The State Library of Western Australia Family History is a starting point for genealogists is the Genealogy
Centre located in the Alexander Library Building in Perth, Western Australia. The strength of this collection is records relating to each of the states of Australia, as well as to New Zealand and Britain.

Australian Family History and Genealogy
The National Library of Australia links to Australian sites containing a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents.


Australian Family History Compendium
An Internet resource for people researching their family tree. It contains information on a wide variety of categories related to genealogy, with a strong emphasis on Australian material.

Australian National Archives
Holds an abundance of material of interest to family historians. They hold some colonial records, but most of their records were created during the 20th century, reflecting the growing involvement by the federal government in the lives of individuals throughout the century.

Genealogy Links
Research your American roots with these United States genealogy resources, organized by state. Find a wealth of US genealogy resources for the states where your ancestors lived, including indexes to state vital records, online cemetery transcriptions, digitized census records, and maps of your ancestor's home town
by About.com.

Convicts to Australia
Lists of convict ships, their passengers, conditions and much more.

Ancestry Convicts - Australia
Search for your convict ancestors on-line with Ancestry’s comprehensive Convict Transportation Registers. An estimated 22% of present living day Australians have convict ancestors. The records cover the 90 year period from the start of convict deportation to Australia in 1788 to the arrival of the last convict fleet in 1868. Key information provided in the records includes; name, date and place of conviction, term of sentence, name of ship, departure date and colony to which they were sent. Occupation, physical description and religion may also be recorded in some instances.

Genealogy Mine, Australia & South Pacific
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Coraweb for Australian Genealogists
An Australian Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History.
 

Canadian Emigration                                    << Back to Top >>

Canadian Genealogy Centre
Tracing your Ancestors in Canada.

Federation of Family History Societies - Canada
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company. This link leads to the FFHS Overseas Member Societies listed for Canada.

Library & Archives Canada
Links to searchable database information from early Census, Soldiers, Colonial Records, Naturalization Records for Upper Canada and Canada West and much more!

LDS Research Outline - Canada
An outstanding compilation of research strategies and resources that can help you learn more about your Canadian relatives.

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Genealogy Links
Research your immigrant ancestors or learn about Canadian immigration and emigration history. Includes major ports, migration patterns, border crossings, naturalization records, online ship passenger lists
and more by About.com.

Newfoundland, Grand Banks
Genealogy site featuring the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

British Columbia
Online vital event indexes for the Canadian province contains information to historical birth, marriage, and death registrations for British Columbia, but not the actual registrations, and are being made available for the purposes of research.

Immigrants to Canada
Nineteenth century voyage accounts, emigration information, lists of ships sailing to Canada, information on the ports, and on the people.  See also Young Immigrants to Canada and Marj's Genealogy Page for helpful genealogy and family interest links.

Canadian War Brides
The war brides came from all over the United Kingdom and from nearly every country on the European continent, but the vast majority (93%) were British - and the reasons are fairly obvious. Canadians were among the first to come to the assistance of Britain after war was declared in 1939 and they spent more time there than any other member of the Allied Forces.

Pier 21, Halifax Canada
Pier 21 opened in 1928 and was Canada's 'front door' to over a million immigrants, refugees, evacuee children, child migrants, home children, wartime evacuees, troops, veterans, war brides and their children. It closed in 1971. See also very informative links page on Citizenship and Immigration and their ongoing collection of stories of those that came through or worked Pier 21.

Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland (1610)
Established in 1610 by John Guy on behalf of Bristol's Society of Merchant Venturers, who had been given a charter by King James I of England to establish a colony on the island of Newfoundland. See also Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

Colony of Avalon, Newfoundland (1500-1600's)
In 1620, George Calvert (1579/80-1632) purchased a parcel of land in Newfoundland from Sir William Vaughan. The land extended from just south of Aquaforte to Caplin Bay (now Calvert). The following year, Calvert's colonists set off for Ferryland under the leadership of governor Captain Edward Wynne. After the colony had been established, Calvert obtained a larger land grant from King James I of England, who awarded him "the Province of Avalon".  See also online list of early Ferryland Colonists and Early Settlement Schemes.

Yorkshire Emigration (1771-1776)
More than 1,000 people emigrated from Yorkshire and Northumberland to Nova Scotia (including parts of what later became New Brunswick) between 1771 and 1776. As a group, they comprise `The Yorkshire Emigration', a significant event in the history of the Maritime provinces.  Site includes; Passenger Lists, Family Information and Informative Links page with additional information to explore.

Emigrants from England to Canada
Olive Tree Genealogy website includes passenger lists for emigrants from England to Canada, Home Children/Orphans, and much more. 

Genealogy Mine, Canadian
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.
 

Caribbean & West Indies Emigration             << Back to Top >>

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Genealogy Links
Compiled list of links by the US Archives for people of Hispanic origin including; Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean, and the West Indies.

More Genealogy Links
Search for your Caribbean and West Indies ancestors in these genealogy and family history records, databases and resources for the Caribbean Islands including Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands
by About.com.

Jamaica Census (1670)
Genealogy Quest online census list taken on September 23, 1670.

Barbados Census (1673)
Genealogy Quest online census list of most eminent planters in Barbadoes.

Genealogy Mine, Hispanic
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Antigua & Barbuda
The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda was opened in 1985 and is operated by the Historical & Archaeological Society, a private non-profit organisation. The exhibits, which interpret the story of Antigua from its geological birth to political independence, are placed in the old St. John's Court House of 1750, a very historic building. It acquires objects and specimens by field collecting, gifts, loans, and exchanges and welcomes input from all those who are interested in preserving and expressing the island's heritage. There is a fine reference library and there are many computer databases totalling 25,000 records, available for quick reference.  See also more Historical Information on Antigua & Barbuda.

 

Indian Emigration                                               << Back to Top >>

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Genealogy Links
Genealogy and family history resources for India including cemeteries, historical timelines, genealogical societies, lookup volunteers, maps, royal families and more by About.com.

Families in British India Society
If you are researching family of British or Anglo-Indian descent who lived and/or served within the Indian Sub-continent from 1600 to 1947, you may well find something about them on this site featuring data on pre Independence India and more.

Genealogy Mine, Asia & Middle East
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

India Office Records
The India Office Records are the documentary archives of the administration in London of the pre-1947 government of India. They comprise the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), of the India Office (1858-1947), of the Burma Office (1937-1948), and of a number of related British agencies overseas. The India Office Records are administered by The British Library as part of the Public Records of the UK, and are open for public consultation.  See also India Office Family History Search.

Indian Cemeteries
This site is attempting to preserve the images of graves and monuments before they disappear. It is hoped that they will be useful to historians and genealogists, as well as serve to remember those whom they commemorate.  It covers the area which used to be British India and includes present-day India, Pakistan and Bagladesh.  Entries are not limited to British citizens, monuments cover many nationalities.
 

New Zealand Emigration                           << Back to Top >>

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

New Zealand Genealogy
Family research information for starting your family history search in New Zealand.  See also their Military Records resources guide.


Archives New Zealand
Official guardian of New Zealand's heritage documents including; the originals of the Treaty of Waitangi, government files and records, maps, paintings, photos, film access to family history documents etc.

Federation of Family History Societies - New Zealand
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company. This link leads to the FFHS Overseas Member Societies listed for New Zealand.

New Zealand Genealogy Search Engine
Search all the on-line New Zealand passenger lists, family trees, surname interest and other genealogical resource pages at once!

English Migration to New Zealand
Captain James Cook, who mapped New Zealand in 1769 on the first of his three voyages to the country, was a Yorkshireman, and most of his sailors were English. See also profile of English Immigrants.


New Zealand Society of Genealogists
The purpose of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists is to assist members with their family history and genealogical research by:  actively providing opportunities for the development of genealogical skills and studies; representing the interests of the members in the wider community; and promoting the preservation of information.

Genealogy Mine, Australia & South Pacific
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Coraweb for New Zealand Genealogists
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History.
 

South African Emigration                         << Back to Top >>

Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.

Genealogy Links
Trace your South African family tree with these lessons, genealogy databases and resources, surnames and surname meanings, archives, mailing lists and research sites for genealogy research in South Africa
and more by About.com.

South African National Archives
Genealogical research forms a substantial part of the research conducted in archives. Each of our repositories which houses archival groups that contain genealogical information has prepared guides to genealogical research which enable the researcher or user to find the information she or he requires.

Genealogy Society of South Africa
For those who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history, the GSSA provides a wide range of educational courses, research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members, as well as any other service or assistance as may from time to time be decided upon by the National Council of the GSSA. They are developing links with Family History Societies and are assisting in the preservation of all genealogical records and memorabilia for South Africa.

e-Family, South African Roots
A completely free genealogy site, mainly for those researching their roots in South Africa.

JewishGen - South Africa
Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group (SA-SIG) providing information of interest to those who are researching Jewish family history in the communities of South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), Swaziland, Moçambique, Kenya, and the former Belgian Congo.

Genealogy Mine, Africa and African American
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

 

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