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Getting started in Family History (Genuki)
All the information you need to know to start researching your Family History.

Hugh Wallis's IGI Batch Numbers Web Site            
IGI searchable database.

Parish Locator (Family

Search parishes by county.

Tips and Tricks for Database Searches
Sheffield Indexers "How to Search" our online databases.

Family History for Beginners
Detailed introduction on how to search Parish Records and historical information including; Hardwicke's Act, Rose's Act and Toleration Act. By kind permission of John Marsden.

General Register Office (GRO)           
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales including; Births, Stillbirths, Deaths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Adoptions.  See also A Guide to Understanding GRO Indexes.

BMD Certificate Index          
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.

Searchable transcriptions of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.

Sheffield Archives
Sheffield Archives houses many resources which will be of benefit to the family historian. For the beginner here are a number of sources which should be consulted when undertaking genealogical enquiries. See descriptions for Bishops Transcripts, Cemetery Records, Census Returns, Directories, Electoral Rolls, GRO Index, I.G.I., Non-Conformist Records, Parish Registers and Probate Registers.

Sheffield Local Studies Library
The Library collects and preserves over 30,000 volumes of printed material relating to Sheffield and the surrounding area including; Telephone Directories 1960 onwards, Electoral Registers since 1843, Trade Directories from 1774, Newspapers since 1787 and much more. Staff are available to advise and help people who are unable to visit the library. They will try to answer enquiries received by post, telephone or E-mail, but unfortunately are unable to undertake lengthy research.

The Sheffield Registry Office
It provides all the Registration services laid down in the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1953, the Marriage Acts, 1949 to 1994 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. All Births, Stillbirths and Deaths that occur within the City of Sheffield are registered at this office.

Sheffield City Council BMD's
Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths. This site will enable you to interrogate the index of births, deaths and marriages held at the Register Office Sheffield, so that you may request a replacement certificate. Please note, this is not a complete index - Searchable up to 5 years - indexing in progress.

Sheffield Family History Society (SDFHS)
Just starting out? The Sheffield Family History Society 'Where to Find' page will also give you some ideas. 

The National Archives - Getting Started
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.

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'.
Joint project between the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and JewishGen.Inc, collecting genealogical and other community related information about UK Jewish communities (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).

LDS Family History Library
Latter-Day Saints Family History Catalog.

LDS Family Search (IGI)
Latter-Day Saints International Genealogical Index (IGI).

LDS 1881 Census Search (IGI)
You can choose the 1881 British Isles, the 1881 Canadian or 1880 United States Census.

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. 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. 

Church of England - Anglican
Parish Church websites including photos for the diocese of Sheffield, Wakefield, Derby, Manchester, Southwell and more - see map.

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

Catholic Church in England & Wales
The basic administrative unit of the Catholic Church is the diocese - an area presided over by a bishop, sometimes with auxiliary bishops to help him. There are 22 dioceses in England and Wales. These are divided into parishes, the local communities of Catholics. See also the list of links to the Diocese of Hallam including; Sheffield North, Sheffield East, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

Searchable Databases: 1538 up to 1901
List of searchable databases available by subscription for England and Wales including; Census, Cemeteries, Land, Obituaries, Personal, Taxes and Vital (Born, Married, Died & Buried).

The Census Records of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921, 1931, 1939, Strays Etc
Brief description about the census process and site links to originating online census record databases.

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 Other Census Links.
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.

FreeCEN - UK Census Records Online
As well as the 1891 Census they are also working on the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census and are continually adding new transcriptions.

Strays & Miscellaneous Census Records
Strays and Census information from various years and counties, currently including; 1841 Census & 1881 Strays for Staveley & District, Derbyshire and the 1891 Census for Chesterfield & Walton, Derbyshire.

Trades, Directories & Unions
Sheffield indexers collections of the links to workers trades, unions and Directories. 

Emigration, Immigration, Migration
Sheffield Indexers extensive list of links to websites for family members who may have Emigrated, Immigrated or Migrated. Includes many links to ships passenger lists, war brides, colonialism and more.

Yorkshire & Surrounding Counties
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.

Genealogy Hunters
Sheffield Indexers collection of links to popular Popular Genealogy and Travel Information for Family History Researchers in the UK.

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