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Title:A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames
Link:A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames
Description:A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames
Classification:Information, Other Records
Title:Archives Hub - Find Sources For Your Research
Description:Archives Hub - Find Sources For Your Research
Extra Info:Use the Archives Hub to find unique sources for your research. Search across descriptions of archives, including links to digital content, held at over 300 institutions across the UK.
Classification:Information, Companies / Employee and Union Lists
Title:British and Irish Furniture Makers Online
Description:Faces Behind the Furniture, 1500-1914
Classification:Information, Photographs / Pictures
Title:British Pathe Film Archive
Description:British Pathe Film Archive 1896-1970
Extra Info:All sorts of social history on film as well as royal visits, wing walkers, early pictures of heathrow, swimming galas and much more.
Title:British Surnames
Description:Research the origins and distribution of your surname
Extra Info:Information on similar surnames, most common surnames, surname distribution maps as well as surname meanings and etymologies.
Classification:Information, Companies / Employee and Union Lists, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices
Title:BT Digital Archives
Description:British Telecom Digital Archives
Extra Info:Search thousands of documents, books, objects, images and films on subjects spanning the development of telecommunications, from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s to the explosion of the internet and the rise of broadband Britain.
Title:Convict Central
Description:A Guide to Researching Your Convict Ancestors
Classification:Institutions / Workhouses / Hospitals etc., Information, Photographs / Pictures
Title:County Asylum
Description:Rediscovering the Asylums and Mental Hospitals of England and Wales
Extra Info:This site is no longer active, however an archived copy of the site is still available to view (may take a few moments to load). There may be some pages that do not work. Lists architects' names and more.
Title:Family History Books via Family Search
Link:Family History Books via Family Search
Description:Family History Books via Family Search
Extra Info:More than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. Read online for free.
Classification:Institutions / Workhouses / Hospitals etc., Information
Title:Index of Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals
Description:Index of Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals
Extra Info:Based around a 1844 study but expanded with details of the institutions.
Classification:Commercial / Trade Directories, Street Directories / Gazetteers / Maps, Tithe Records, Information
Title:Internet Archive
Description:Internet Archive
Extra Info:Has many scanned books. Click on texts and then search the archive. Note gazetteer and gazetteers give different results.
Classification:Information, Diseases / Causes of Death
Title:List of Old Diseases
Description:List of Medical Terms found On Old Death Certificates, Doctors Reports and in Old Letters
Extra Info:This is an archived copy of the original website which may not function fully.
Classification:Associations and Civil Officials Lists, Information, Other Records
Title:Masonic Lodge of Education
Description:Knowledge of the Craft of Freemasonry.
Classification:Information, Migrant / Emmigration Lists and Records
Description:Where the Middle Ages begin.
Extra Info:Includes the largest-ever study of Viking genetics
Classification:Information, Diseases / Causes of Death
Title:Old Disease names and their modern definitions
Description:Quick reference to the medical terms used on your ancestors record of death.
Classification:Information, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices
Title:Old Occupations of England
Description:Old Occupations
Extra Info:Lists many old occupations and meanings, taken from census records.
Classification:Commercial / Trade Directories, Hearth / Window Tax, Religious Lists / Records, Information, Other Records
Title:Open Library
Description:Open Library - Scanned Books Online
Extra Info:Use the search facility and select e-books only. Some English trade directories, journals, historic accounts of counties and more.
Classification:Information, Other Records, Photographs / Pictures
Title:Parliamentary Archives
Description:Historic documents (including photographs and illustrations) from the UK Parliament
Extra Info:Includes Protestations Returns, the closest thing we have to a census for 1642. The Returns list the adult men residing in a parish.
Classification:Ships Passenger / Crew / Owners Lists, Information, Migrant / Emmigration Lists and Records
Title:Passenger Lists and Emigrant Ships
Description:Passenger Lists and Emigrant Ships
Extra Info:Includes some searchable passenger lists. also information about the ships and lists documenting their individual voyages, as well as pictures of the ships.
Classification:Prisoner / Trial / Conviction / Court Records, Information
Title:Prison History
Description:Records and other Prison information for the British Isles between 1500 and 1999.
Classification:Information, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices, Other Records
Title:Railway Work, Life and Death
Description:Life, Work and Death on the Railways
Extra Info:May be slow to load. Find out about railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland in the later 19th and early 20th century
Classification:School / Educational Records / Alumni, Associations and Civil Officials Lists, Information
Title:Royal Voluntary Service History | Royal Voluntary Service
Description:Royal Voluntary Service History
Extra Info:Find out more of the history of WVS, WRVS and Royal Voluntary Service, by exploring their fact sheets and schools' resources.
Title:Rulers Website
Description:Rulers Website - Heads of State, Prime Ministers etc.
Classification:Information, Photographs / Pictures
Title:Science and Society Picture Library
Description:Science and Society Picture Library
Extra Info:Over 50,000 images from buildings, such as textile mills, to pictures of historical fire engines.
Classification:Information, Companies / Employee and Union Lists, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices, Photographs / Pictures, Journals / Diaries
Title:The Bevin Boys Association - The Official site founded 1989
Description:The Bevin Boys Association - Archives and Information
Classification:Information, Companies / Employee and Union Lists, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices, Other Records
Title:The Railways Archive
Description:The Railways Archive
Extra Info:Electronic copies of original documents : Railway Law, Railway safety, Railway economics, Railway politics.
Classification:Ships Passenger / Crew / Owners Lists, Information, Occupations / Trades / Apprentices
Title:Three Decks - Warships in the Age of Sail
Description:This site aims to be the premier web resource for researching naval history during the Age of Sail.

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