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Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet

Some Internet Sites for Family History Research

For further sites, see the Web Resources section of the OFHS web site.

Web Site Address Description
Google www.google.co.uk A Superb Search Engine.
Your single most useful resource
Family Search www.familysearch.org LDS site, contains IGI, England & Wales 1881 Census, etc.
Ancestry.co.uk ancestry.co.uk Census, B.M.D. and other records (subscription or pay-per-view)
FindMyPast www.findmypast.co.uk Census, B.M.D. and other records (subscription or pay-per-view)
Find My Past Shortcuts

Links to take you to some of the most frequently used Record Sets on the new FindMyPast web site.
1841 Census
1851 Census
1861 Census
1871 Census
1881 Census
1891 Census
1901 Census
1911 Census
England and Wales Births 1837-2006
Marriages and Divorces
England and Wales Deaths 1837-2006
You will enter the site with the correct "Record Collection" and "Record Set" filters preset but no name or dates entered, so the site will report that you have returned a huge number of results! Don't worry, just enter the name and any other data you know about the person you are looking for, in the boxes at the top of the screen. Then click the blue Search button.

This is not an ideal way of working but it is much quicker than navigating through a cascade of menus to get to a specific Record Collection and Record Set.

FreeBMD www.freebmd.org.uk Births, Marriages & Deaths (now approaching 100% coverage for most years 1837-1950)
Census & Parish Registers (coverage still sparse, see web sites for details)
GRO Web Site
Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/ On-line ordering of certificates once you have the GRO reference, from FreeBMD etc.
Or you can order by phone on +44 (0)300 123 1837
Old Maps www.old-maps.co.uk First Edition OS maps of the UK
NLS Map Images http://maps.nls.uk/ Large Scale maps of Scotland and the rest of the UK
MAPCO www.mapco.net/ Free access to scanned, antique maps
Bing Maps www.bing.com/maps Modern maps of the UK, plus aerial photographs
Google Maps maps.google.co.uk Modern maps of the UK, plus aerial photographs
1901 Census
1911 Census
Free to access index. Pay-per-view to see full data.
RootsWeb www.rootsweb.com
Host for many genealogical resources, including the following item.
OXFORDSHIRE-L lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/ENG/OXFORDSHIRE.html Oxfordshire Mailing List
OFHS www.ofhs.org.uk Oxfordshire Family History Society
OXSIL http://www.oxsil.org.uk/ Oxfordshire Surname Interest List
Family Tree DNA - Oxfordshire www.familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire Oxfordshire DNA Project
Rootschat www.rootschat.com/
Free Family History Forum
Oxfordshire Forum
GENUKI www.genuki.org.uk Genealogy Resources for UK and Ireland including the following three items:
Family History and Genealogy Societies www.genuki.org.uk/Societies/ Links to societies whose interests relate to the UK & Ireland
Mailing List Index www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/MailingLists.html Mailing Lists
Surname List Index www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/SurnamesLists.html Surname Interest Lists
Federation of Family History Societies www.ffhs.org.uk Federation's Web Site with details of Member Societies, Forthcoming Events and Research Tips.
The Guild of One-Name Studies www.one-name.org Links to people researching specific surnames.
Cyndi's List www.cyndislist.com Vast list of genealogy links, worldwide.
Oxfordshire County Council www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/referenceonline Oxfordshire Libraries Online Reference
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshirehistory Oxfordshire History Centre (OHC)
Replaces Oxfordshire Record Office (ORO) & Oxfordshire Studies (OxS)
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/heritagesearch Oxfordshire Heritage Search
http://www.pictureoxon.org.uk/ Picture Oxon - Oxfordshire History Centre Image Collection
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/enquiry-service-oxfordshire-history-centre Oxfordshire History Centre Enquiry Service
Oxfordshire Health Archives www.oxfordshirehealtharchives.nhs.uk Historic Archives of Oxfordshire's NHS Hospitals
Victoria County History (VCH) www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties List of Counties Covered
Oxfordshire VCH www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/oxfordshire Victoria County History of Oxfordshire
England's Past for Everyone www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/publications-projects/epe/oxfordshire Oxfordshire material on EPE web site.
British History Online

(Oxfordshire content)



A wealth of original material
Oxoniensia http://oxoniensia.org/ Journal of Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society, with the bulk of Oxoniensia content freely available online
National Archives www.nationalarchives.gov.uk With global search facility
A2A www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a Access to Archives
Your Archives http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Contributed Knowledge of the National Archives
Discover Our Collections http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/discovery/ Due to extend and replace Your Archives during 2012
Probate Records www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/wills-and-probate-records.htm Guide to finding Probate Records
Gazettes Online http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk London, Edinburgh & Belfast Gazettes
(Deed Poll etc.)
The Old Bailey Online http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ Proceeding of London's Central Criminal Court
Historical Directories www.historicaldirectories.org Large range of digitised UK directories.
English Heritage Archives
Britain from Above
English Heritage's on-line image resources including many photographs by Oxford's Henry Taunt.
GRO for Scotland www.gro-scotland.gov.uk Entry to all the on-line resources of the GRO for Scotland
Scotlands People www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk On-line Scottish Genealogical Records (Pay-per-view)
Scots Origins www.scotsorigins.com Enhanced Scottish IGI data.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission www.cwgc.org Details of servicemen killed in action.
UK National Inventory of War Memorials www.ukniwm.org.uk Records of memorials throughout the UK.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire www.sofo.org.uk/ Records of Oxfordshire's Regiments and those who served in them.
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry www.gutenberg.org/etext/20395 Downloadable text from Project Gutenberg, of
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
Oxford University Archives
Past Members of The University
The latter includes links to all volumes of "Alumni Oxonienses" in downloadable format.
Thames Valley Recusants http://hadland.wordpress.com/category/recusant-history/ Includes the full text of Tony Hadland's book "Thames Valley Papists"
Researching Quakers www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engqfhs/Research/records.htm Advice from the Quaker Family History Society
Etymology www.etymonline.com Origins of words, placenames, etc.
Palaeography www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/ How to read old documents (part of National Archives web site)
Latin Names www.freereg.org.uk/howto/latinnames.htm A useful list of the Latinised versions of names found in old registers, wills and on monuments (part of FreeREG web site)
Value of Money http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency/ The National Archives comparison of the purchasing power of British money over the years
The Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org/ The Internet Archive - Rediscover the contents of that Vanished Web Site
Some other miscellaneous & local interest sites
www.domesdaybook.co.uk Domesday Book
www.biblegateway.com Bible Gateway
www.workhouses.org.uk/ Workhouses
www.historicaldirectories.org/ Historical Trade Directories
history.chadwyck.co.uk/noframes19/search Historical Newspapers
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home Historic Australian Newspapers
http://booty.org.uk/booty.weather/climate/wxevents.htm Historical UK weather events
www.bl.uk British Library
www.bodley.ox.ac.uk Bodleian Library
http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries On Line)
http://oxfordshirelocalhistory.modhist.ox.ac.uk/ Oxfordshire History
http://www.oxfordhistory.org.uk/ Oxford History
http://www.oxfordarchives.org.uk/ Oxford College Archives
www.turnpikes.org.uk Turnpike Roads
Oxon. Churches (John Ward)
www.oxfordshirechurches.info/ Oxon. Churches (Brian Curtis)
http://www.oxfordcitybranch.org.uk/ Oxford Church Bell Ringers
www.whipple.org/oxford/marriagebonds.html Oxon. Marriage Bonds
http://faces.oxfordshirefhs.org.uk Faces of Oxfordshire
http://www.darkarchivist.com The Dark Archivist
www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/external/cumnor Cumnor Parish Record
http://eynshamrecord.info Eynsham Record
www.headington.org.uk/ Headington
www.shotover.org.uk Shotover
www.wheatleyarchive.wordpress.com Wheatley Archive
www.agra.org.uk/index.php Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
www.shotover.org.uk/keeprecord.htm Keeping Records as you Browse
Archived copy of: www.familysearch.org/eng/home/welcome/pafdownload.asp Old PAF Download Page