K is for… Key Resources #AtoZChallenge

I haven’t done a listy post yet, so here is one! There are mnay hundreds of resources out there for the family historian, but I just want to list the ones I use primarily, as I have found them very useful.

Ancestry is huge, with a vast array of British and International records and can seem quite daunting and complicated at first, but I have tried some of the other well-known sites in the past, but I keep coming back to this one.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
I’ve linked to the CWGC before, but I have only looked at it for JG Jupp so far, but I’m sure that I will find other WW1 relatives as I go along and I also think I had some relatives that died in WW2, so it will be a useful tool there too.

The National Archives
I’ve written about these before too, but that was more about my visit. As a website, there is a wealth of information at TNA, including some digitised records that are free and available to view without a visit. Worth taking a look just for the sheer breadth of their holdings.

Not strictly a website, but a piece of software. As a Mac user, I found the FH programmes that worked on Mac were a bit clunky and not very intuitive. I don’t know if that’s changed in 5 years, but I use iFamily to collate my sources and organise my tree on the Mac. It’s easy to use and easy to add things into and is under £20 in price. Giant bargain!

Your Family Tree
Again, not only a website, but my favourite Family History magazine. It does, however have a very active forum which justifies its place in this list! I have tried other FH magazines, but seem to keep coming back to this one – I prefer the layout and the case studies are always interesting. I may be biased though as they printed an email from me not long ago!

General Register Office
Again, I have mentioned them but the GRO is my go-to place for purchasing certificates. Very useful, very helpful and sometimes you get your certificates earlier than expected and that’s always an exciting day!

So, that’s my list of most popular links, the ones I visit time and again. If you have any recommendations of others that might be worth checking out them please do let me know.


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2 Responses to K is for… Key Resources #AtoZChallenge

  1. Suzi says:

    I’ve never gone searching for records through any websites, but luckily we have our family history going back many generations, back to when the came to the US. It’d be fun to look through that all someday and learn about all those people before us.

    • Stacey says:

      It’s fun to do your own family history, but some days it feels like it would be easier to have had someone done it before!!

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