Useful links for Genealogy.

As you are probably aware, there are now thousands, if not millions, of genealogy websites. These are just some that members have recommended. If you have some that you think should be listed here, then let us know.

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy.

“A Guide to Genealogy” primer              Home Genealogy Guide for 2022

Getting started with Genealogy – easy-to-follow beginner guides and introductions

How to Trace Your Family Tree              Genealogy: Beginner’s Resource Guide

Additional to the sites below you may wish to check these specific categories:

Maps   Shipping

United Kingdom & Ireland

10 million+ UK GRO records at FreeBMD

Local BMD:
Sites with indexes based on original Register Office Records

There are two sets of Birth, Marriage and Death indexes in the UK; the original indexes held by the local register offices and a secondary index created by the General Register Office.”A good explanation is at

UK Maps:
Historical map archive

FreeCEN UK Census Search

UK 1911 census
(pay per view)

British Isles Vital Record Index 2nd edition

Vital Records: Scots and English Origins
Scottish census images for 1891 & 1901

Commonwealth War Graves

UK Birth, Marriage & Death indexes

UK burials and cremations

Historical Trade Directories

British Data Archive

National Archives of Ireland

Find My Past

Scotlands People
(pay to view)

Scotlands family:
Free online resources

History of Scotland

Scottish Language

Scottish Traditions

UK Church Database

FreeREG: UK Parish Registers

The BlackSheepIndex

Irish newspapers online

British newspapers online

New zealand & australia

New Zealand place names:
With Latitude and Longitude and NZMG references

Australian and online resources:
Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Telephone Directories online:
New Zealand

Archives New Zealand:
Updated each month as new material as added

Online Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
The full text of 3049 biographies available free online.

Wilson Collection of NZ Family History Records
This free collection coordinated by Diane Wilson over the past 40 years includes records from many and varied sources to assist with your research.

Commonwealth War Graves

Some New Zealand funeral notices

Ashburton District Family History Group website

New Zealand Cemetery searches

Australasia Births, Deaths, Marriages, Exchange

NZ newspapers digitised by National library

Australian newspapers online

Immigration at Auckland Public Libraries