Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2016
Explore Resources Online for Your English Family History
9:00 am – 11:30 am: Friday, June 3
John D. Reid
Before the start of the session please ensure your laptop or other device connects to the conference Wi-Fi system.
Identify a person of interest who lived in England for whom you have a name, place where they lived (preferably birthplace) and year (preferably birth year). It would be better if not a Mary or John Smith living in London!
Check for entries for that surname in the following databases.
Use the following database to examine where that surname is most common.
Public Profiler – http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
Is the place the subject of a one-place study?
One-Place Studies – http://one-place-studies.org/.
What information can you find from the following resources that may be helpful in researching the person further?
Google maps – http://www.maps.google.ca/
Old Maps – http://www.oldmapsonline.org/
England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851 – http://maps.familysearch.org/
GENUKI – http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/
Use the English genealogy timeline to determine which records might be relevant.
1086: Domesday Book
ca 1150: Start of heraldry in England
13th century: Manorial Court records
ca 1300: Establishment of surnames
1384: Prerogative Court of Canterbury
1538: Start of parish records (BMB, parish chest)
1540: Church of England probate records
1642 to 1660: Civil War and Commonwealth (Cromwell)
1662-1689: Hearth Tax
1666: Oxford (London) Gazette
1696: Electoral registers
1752 (2 September): England converted to Gregorian calendar.
1754: Hardwicke’s Marriage Act (end of clandestine marriages)
1760: Start of British Army service records
1798: Army Lists
1801: 1st decennial census (statistics, no names)
1813: George Rose’s Act (standardized parish registers)
1834: The New Poor Law
1836 – 1855: Reduction and repeal of stamp tax on newspapers
1837 (1 July): National system of civil registration for BMDs
1841: First national decennial census with names, ages rounded
1849: Consular records of British BMDs
ca 1850: Street directories
1852: Burial Act
1858: Civil administration of probate
1884: Men over the age of 21 on electoral rolls
1890: Outgoing ship passenger lists
1910 – 1915: Valuation Office survey: land value and ownership
1918: Women over 30 on electoral rolls
1928: Equal Franchise Act
1939: National registration
1974: Significant changes in county boundaries
FreeBMD – http://freebmd.org.uk/
Ancestry – http://ancestry.co.uk/, or http://ancestry.ca/ or http://ancestry.com/
Findmypast – http://findmypast.com or findmypast.co.uk/
The Genealogist – http://thegenealogist.co.uk/
Deceasedonline – http://deceasedonline.com/
FamilySearch – http://familysearch.org/
The National Archives – http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Probate Service – https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills
Historical Directories of England & Wales – http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4/
(also in the Internet Archive (texts)and Google Books).
London Gazette – http://www.thegazette.co.uk/
(also on Findmypast)
https://www.myheritage.com/ and http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://archive.org/details/europeanlibraries (Military Lists)
www.freecen.org.uk/ and www.freereg.org.uk/