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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)
Origins www.origins.net/ Specialist UK & Irish Collections, (subscription or pay-per-view)
www.origins.net/help/aboutNWI-oxf.aspx now includes Oxfordshire Wills
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 www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/ On-line ordering of Birth, Marriage and Death certificates once you have the GRO reference, from FreeBMD etc.
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
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
OXSIL http://www.oxsil.org.uk/ Oxfordshire Surname Interest List
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/oxfordshirehistory Oxfordshire History Centre
Replaces Oxfordshire Record Office (ORO) & Oxfordshire Studies (OxS)
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/heritagesearch Oxfordshire Heritage Search
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/referenceonline Oxfordshire Libraries Online Reference
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/using-researchers-search-your-family-history Oxfordshire Researchers
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.)
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
Alumni Oxonienses
(Members of Oxford University)
Matriculated 1500-1714
Matriculated 1715-1886
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
OFHS www.ofhs.org.uk Oxfordshire 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
www.bl.uk British Library
www.bodley.ox.ac.uk Bodleian Library
www.lib.ox.ac.uk/olis OLIS (Oxford Libraries Information System)
http://oxfordshirelocalhistory.modhist.ox.ac.uk/ Oxfordshire History
http://www.oxfordhistory.org.uk/ Oxford History
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.familysearch.org/eng/home/welcome/pafdownload.asp PAF Download Page