More Family Research Resources
Although the paid family tree web sites provide access to many source records you will never find all of the sources you need to research a family member's life in one place and often some of the best resources are not available on any of the family tree web sites.
The web sites listed below are also valuable resources to aid with your research:
General Register Office (GRO) is the Government department responsible for registering birth, marriage, deaths and other events for England and Wales. Their online search facility enables you to search for civil birth and death records. If you want to order a copy of a certificate for one of your ancestors you can do this from their web site. Note: If you have ancestors from Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Ireland they have their own separate Register Office web sites.
Free UK Genealogy is a volunteer project which provides free, online access to family history records. They run three web sites:
FreeBMD provides transcripts of civil birth, marriage and death indexes. This includes records that are not available on the GRO online search facility.
FreeREG provides transcripts of parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials across the UK.
FreeCEN provides transcripts of census records from 1841 to 1891.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars. If you have an ancestor who died in service during one of the World Wars they should be listed on this web site and you should be able to find some details about their memorial.