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The three major record types for England research:
1. Census
2. Civil Registration
3. Church Records

Census Records:
A Census is a statistical count of the population of a country.

Search sites:
1911 Census (free at the Mesa FamilySearch Library)
findmypast.co.uk 1841-1911 (free at MFSL)
familysearch.org 1841, 1861, 1881 census names index (free)
ancestry.com $ UK census collection 1841-1901 (free at MFSL)
nationalarchives.gov.uk/census(person search index free, image $)
thegenealogist.co.uk $ (free at MFSL)

More Information wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Census

Civil Registration:
• Civil Registration is the government's recording of births, marriages, and deaths.
• Civil Registration began on 1 July 1837.

Search sites:
freebmd.org.uk  Partial index information 1837-1983
thegenealogist.co.uk $ Indexes (free at MFSL)
genuki.org.uk Civil Registration in the counties of the British Isles
gro.gov.uk General Register Office - order certificates online
ancestry.com $ (free at MFSL)
Search menu, Card Catalog, keyword search 'England civil registration'
findmypast.co.uk $ All indexes, 1837-2006 (free at MFSL)

Registration Districts:
Index and some films are available at the Mesa FamilySearch Library (film search)

More information wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Civil_Registration

Church Records:

Church records are the main source for identifying people prior to 1837 when civil registration began. It is also a main source after 1837 in conjunction with civil registration. The Church of England was created in 1536, after King Henry VIII severed all ties to the church in Rome, he directed that each local parish be responsible to register all marriages, baptisms and burials.

Search Sites:
familysearch.org Many baptisms and marriages on International Genealogical Index
britishorigins.com $ Marriage indexes
freereg.rootsweb.com Free index- baptisms, marriages, burials - info. only, no document display

Marriage Allegations – use Keyword Search on Salt Lake FHL Catalog. Some films are available at MFSL

Books:
• Boyd's Marriage Index-Reference Book 942 K22b contains fiche numbers for counties available, 1538-1840.
• Fiches are available at MFSL.

More information wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Church_Record

Court Records:
Court records will probably mention some of your ancestors as defendants, plaintiffs, jurors, or witnesses. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions of individuals, and other family information. They seldom provide birth, marriage, or death information.

Search sites:
nationalarchives.gov.uk Perogative Court of Canterbury before 1858, index (free), image $ (documents online)
http://www.documentsonline.pro.gov.uk (Salt Lake FHL Films with these images can be ordered through MFSL)
courtservice.gov.uk/cms/1183.htm (court service after 1858)
britishorgins.com $ (wills and court indexes)

More information wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Court_Records

Military Records:
Military records are potentially of great genealogical value and may provide information not found in any other source. These records identify individuals who served or were eligible to serve in the military.

Search sites:
nationalarchives.gov.uk National Archive Pension Records
www.cwgc.org Commonwealth War Graves Commission
findmypast.co.uk $ Military records 1656-1994 (free at MFSL)

More Information wiki.familysearch.org/en/British_Military_Records

Gazetteer:

ordnancesurvey.co.uk Historical maps
genuki.org.uk Counties and other related information to England

More information wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Using_Gazeteers

Wales:

genuki.org.uk/big/wal/ Counties and other related information to Wales

More Information wiki.familysearch.org/Wales

Other Sites:

Directories: www.cyndislist.com, www.genuki.org.uk, www.rootsweb.com, www.ukbmd.org.uk
Archives and Libraries: http://www.pro.gov.uk/
The British Library: www.bl.uk
The National Library of Wales. www.llgc.org.uk/
Family History Societies: www.ffhs.org.uk/, http://www.sog.org.uk/
Research Guidance: www.familysearch.org, www.google.com

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