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.
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.
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
SCOTLANd, FAMILY NAMES, CLANS, TARTANS
The meaning of your surname: Surname Database
Find your Clan and Tartan: Scottish Clans Tartans
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
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
GENERAL ON LINE RESOURCES
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
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES on line
There is a wide range of Apps available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices
Ten Best Apps for Tracing Family Tree using iPad, iPhone or Android, Guardian
New Zealand: PapersPast
Australia: Trove Newpapers
United Kingdom: BritishNewspaperArchive