Sunday, August 16, 2009

Five Centuries of British Family History Records



FreeUKGEN isn't for everybody. But then again, maybe it is.

As the name suggests, it covers genealogy records from the UK, and is absolutely free of charge. So if your family has any roots in the UK in the past, oh, four or five centuries, then the resources at FreeUKGEN are certainly ones to check out.

But even if you think you don't have British roots, think again. Family trees are complex, with old roots and branches hidden from the view of our 21st century eyes. Isn't it worth a few minutes of searching to see if your family surnames, no matter how obscure or 'ethnic', are represented in UK history?

The records are divided up into three pretty straightforward data sets:

FreeBMD covers births, marriages, and death records for England and Wales between 1837-1983, and only contains, oh, about 200 million records.

FreeCEN has UK Census records from 1841-1891...about 15 million records.

FreeReg covers parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials. There are about 9 million records in all, and in many cases, these go back to the 1500's or even earlier.

Go ahead, take a look. You may discover a long lost link to the Duke of Earl.


A long lost relative, perhaps?


Visit the main page of Free Genealogical Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.
And don't forget to also check for your family history at
Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com.
These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.



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