Over the years I have collected information sources to help in family history research. You will find some helpful links below to get you started on discovering your own roots or for more information. Not everything can be found online and there are also good books, museums and libraries to visit.

10 Useful Sources to Help with Family History Research

Scotland: ScotlandsPeople One of the largest on-line sources for original genealogy info. Official BDM's, census back to 1841, Wills, testaments, Old Parish Registers, OPR's and Catholic, other searchable data   Scotland: ScotlandsPeopleHub Many useful Links to other websites & archives in UK & Ireland.    

Ireland: GeneralRegisterOffice GRO Republic Ireland and links Irish genealogy, GeneralRegisterOffice GRONI, Northern Ireland. Civil BDM records, links for Family History Research. 

England: GeneralRegisterOffice England and Wales for civil registration BDM certificates from 1 July 1837 UK: NationalArchives Kew. Govt. and archive collections for WW serving forces, Wills, Crime, Immigration. Links also to Census records England and Wales from other websites from 1841 - 1911. Search on line or visit. England and Wales Genuki A virtual reference library of genealogical info. for England and Ireland. Links to the free bmd site for England and Wales. 

Wales: ArchivesWales Extensive resources and links for Welsh family history research

New Zealand: Dept.InternalAffairs for BDM information, links NZ genealogy websites e.g. NZ History on line

Australia: NationalArchives A wealth of information for family historians.

Old World, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Old World, Edinburgh, Scotland 

New World, Dunedin  NZ, Town Centre   Circa 1840

New World, Dunedin  NZ, Town Centre  Circa 1840

BOOKS New zealand

These Antipodes. A New Zealand Album 1814 to 1854. Shirley Maddock

The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand Edited Keith Sinclair

The Farthest Promised LAND Rollo Arnold

The Fatal Shore. A history of the Transportation of convicts to Australia 1787 - 1868. Robert Hughes

A Concise History of Australia. llustrated, Third Edition, Stuart Macintyre

The Floating Brothel. The voyage to Australia in 1789 on the Lady Julian by female convicts: Sian Rees

The Long Farewell: Settlers under Sail, explaining why immigrants came: Don Charlwood

Genealogy ebooks, NZ, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland


The meaning of your surname: Surname Database

Find your Clan and Tartan: Scottish Clans Tartans

Places Museums Libraries Maps

Scottish Mining Website

Fife Mining Heritage

Orkney Family History Society, OFHS


Toitu  Otago Early Settlers Museum, Dunedin, visit or browse on line

Hocken Collection  University of Otago Library, Dunedin. Wide range of historical information including immigrant ship collections.

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

NZ On Line Genealogy Research


Trove National Library of Australia

National Archives of Australia


PRONI Public Record Office Northern Ireland,

UHF Ulster Historical Foundation, County Antrim and Down Research

Griffiths Land Valuation Records



FamilySearch   free access. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Largest genealogy organisation in the world. Includes Wikis.

Ancestry subscription or PayAsYouGo. The UK website is part of Ancestry.com global network of family history websites. Millions of records and members can explore other family trees.

FindMyPast  subscription or PayAsYouGo. Millions of records from UK, US, Canada, NZ, Australia and beyond and many exclusive collections.

Cyndi's List a free, comprehensive and cross referenced list of links to numerous on line genealogical sites. 


Rootsweb  An Ancestry.com community for searching and use of message boards

RootsChat  Ask a question or post a message and people on line may help you


The British GENES Blog Genealogy News and Events, Chris Paton

Daily on line Genealogy Newsletter Dick Eastman


FFHS Federation of Family History Societies, for England, Ireland, Wales, 180 member societies.     SAFHS Scottish Association of Family History Societies


There is a wide range of Apps available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices

iPad App Review

Ten Best Apps for Tracing Family Tree using iPad, iPhone or Android, Guardian


New Zealand: PapersPast

Australia: Trove Newpapers                                       

United Kingdom: BritishNewspaperArchive