1837Online.com – Trace your family tree by searching our entire copy of Birth, Marriage and Deaths indexes for England and Wales from 1837 to 2002, as well as British nationals overseas from 1761 to 1994.
1901 Census – The official genealogy site of the Welsh & English census information for 1901.
A2A – The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.
Alan Elliott – The Story of the Lee Family of Abbotskerswell, Devon.
Association of Genealogists and Record Agents – Directory of professional researchers who have been engaged as genealogists or record agents for a number of years.
British History Online British Museum Images
Burke’s Peerage and Gentry – an historical guide to Britain’s landed and titled families.
Capital Punishment UK – The capital punishment resource site for all you want to know about the death penalty in Britain up to 1964.
Charles Booth Archive
City of London Records Office
The City of London Records Office (CLRO) holds the official archives of the City of London Corporation.
Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835
Clifford Elmer Books – Established in 1978 and specialises in books covering all aspects of true crime and criminology.
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet – US-based list, useful for resources relating to individual countries and specific ethnic communities.
Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration
Devon History Society – Founded in 1969 to further the knowledge and study of the county’s history.
Devon Record Office – Exists to collect and preserve the historical records of Devon.
Exploring 20th Century London
A primary resource for the study of London in the 20th c. with hundreds of images and objects pertaining to the history of London during this period.
Family Records Centre – The FRC provides access to some of the most important sources for family history research in England and Wales.
Family Search – Search site of the LDS (Mormon) Church and a site listing all the Family History Centres run by the Church in the UK.
Federation of Family History Societies – Includes a number of useful online leaflets and contact details for Family History Societies.
FreeBMD – An ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.
FreeCen – Free access to the UK 1841 – 1891 census.
Galleries of Justice
General Register Office for England and Wales online ordering service – Holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales.
General Register Office
Now on DirectGov this provides links to the GRO online certificate ordering service, and information on the registration of birth, adoption, stillbirth, marriage, civil partnership and death together with guidance on family history and the use and availability of the GRO birth, death and marriage indexes.
Genuki – Web sources on Family History in the UK and Ireland
History of Parliament
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Immigrant Ship Passenger Lists – Italian, German, Irish, Scottish & French Immigrant Ship Passenger Lists
Jack the Ripper – The world’s largest public repository of Ripper-related information.
John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments Online
John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
John Strype’s Survey of London Online
Lane’s Masonic Records
Local History Online
This site is one of the UK’s premier sites for local history, with over 300 links to sites both in the UK and overseas, regularly updated News and Calendar sections, directories of local history organisations and course providers.
London Lives 1690-1800
MultiMap – Search for places in the UK.
MurderFile.net – This site holds details of every judicial execution in the twentieth century in the U.K.
MuseumNet – Directory of UK museums.
A membership organisation for everyone working in museums, galleries and heritage. The oldest museums association in the world.
Nineteenth-Century British Pamphlets
RootsWeb.com – Genealogical resource with searchable databases and much more.
Royalty Worldwide – Royal families around the world.
Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical
Society of Genealogists – Research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history.
Society of Genealogists
Offers a combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family and local history and the lives of earlier generations.
South West Film and Television Archive – Registered charity which is the official film archive for the South West of England (holds BBC South West, Westward Television, TSW and other regional archive).
St. Marychurch and District Action Group – With the determination to encourage the community to become involved with all aspects of the environment, promote local pride within Torbay by the environmental enhancement of private and public buildings and open spaces.
Terry Leaman – Fascinating website, with information local to Torbay.
The Archives and Records Association
The lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The British Library – The national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries.
The British Library Newspapers – The only large, integrated national newspaper service in the world, combining facilities for the collection, preservation, and use of newspapers all on one site.
The Catalogue (formerly PROCAT) – Contains 9.5 million descriptions of documents from central government, courts of law and other UK national bodies, including records on family history, medieval tax, criminal trials, UFO sightings, the history of many countries and many other subjects.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints genealogy site.
Over 400 million names on this immense database. You can also download free family history software from here.
The City of Shadows – A gothic tour of Victorian London.
The Constabulary – British Police Memorabilia, Sherlockiana, British True Crime and British Police History.
The History of the Metropolitan Police – A history of policing the capital.
The Learning Curve – Crime and punishment in Victorian prisons.
The National Archives – 1,000 years of history from Domesday to the present day.
The National Archives
The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) is the repository of the national archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom. The records, beginning with Domesday Book (1086), span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present. The PRO holds many records relating to family history including Military Service and Operational records, Wills (before 1858), Death Duties and records of Non-Conformists.
The Newspaper Society – A- Z list of UK regional newspaper websites.
The Old Bailey – A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.
The Police History Society (UK) – Founded in 1985 and now has over 350 members world-wide.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913
Torquay Library – Very good and helpful reference section.
Torquay Museum – Torquay Museum is Devon’s oldest established Museum still operating, founded in 1845 and still owned and run by Torquay Natural History Society.
Transcribed Papers of Jeremy Bentham
True Crime Magazines – Details of the U.K.’s monthly crime magazines – True Crime, True Detective and Master Detective.
Tyburn Tree – Designed to provide information on the Web about public execution in Early Modern England.
UKmemories – Organisation collecting your memories as a permanent record of how we used to live, work and feel in the 1900s.
UNESCO Archives Portal
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s site. Provides information and links to Record Offices and Archives all over the world.
Victoria County History
Victorian Dictionary – A guide to Victorian social history.
Victorian Photographs – A vast online personal collection.
West Devon Record Office
Westcountry Studies Library
Witches in Early Modern England
Workhouse History – Dedicated to the workhouse its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators.