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Vital Statistics: Births, Deaths, Marriages

Archives and Libraries

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A2A: Access to Archives

A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Allen County Public Library

The best genealogical library in North America after Salt Lake City.

British Library

The British Library has many online catalogues, including more than 20 specialist catalogues. While most of the Library's holdings can be found in these catalogues, some material is not yet accessible online. Some categories of early printed materials, for example, are only listed in printed catalogues or handlists.

Family History Library Catalog

The online catalogue for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The main searches are for place, surname, author or subject. The contents of the catalogue include books, journals, as well as microfilmed censuses, parish records, military records, etc.

LibDex: The Library Index

Discover a directory of libraries across the world as well as an extensive collection of books.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada's documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Online Catalog contains approximately 14 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.

National Archives of Ireland

Contains various Irish records.

United Church Archives Online

The United Church of Canada has put its Toronto Archives online. The Toronto Archives covers the Bay of Quinte, Hamilton, London, Manitou and Toronto Conferences.

University of Toronto Libraries

Contains a treasure trove of genealogical resources.


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1766 Census - Parish of Mallow, Diocese of Cloyne, County Cork

1881 British Census (

1881 Canadian Census (

1901 Census of England and Wales Online

1901 census for England and Wales online. The index is free; there is a fee to view a digital image of the census return. The PRO plans to also digitize the 1881 and 1891 censuses. Currently running in test mode.

1901 Census Victoria, British Columbia

British Columbia Voter's List 1875

Census Links

Links to many sites worldwide that offer census transcriptions.

Granny's Genealogy Gardens

An index to various genealogy resources for the following areas: Lambton County, Middlesex County, Lanark County and Carelton County.

Griffith's Valuations (Ireland) - Irish Origins

Key Irish genealogy records featuring Griffith's Valuation, Censuses, Wills, Passenger lists, Militia records, and more.

Halton Census Index 1842-1901

Index to the 1871 census of Ontario [Queens University]

Library and Archives Canada: Censuses


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Connor and Coltson's Directory of the County of Ontario for 1869-70

English Trade Directories of the 19th Century

Ferrar's Limerick Directory of 1769

Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6

Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire, 1901

Pigot & Co's Directory of Cork City, 1824

Property Owners in County Cork Circa 1870

Shaw's Dublin City Directory 1850

The First Glasgow Directory (1787)


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Canadian Geographical Names Data Base

Gazetteer of Scotland

The Gazetteer for Scotland is a vast geographical encyclopaedia with at least 20743 detailed entries. This website features details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. Also included are histories of family names and clans, biographies of famous Scots and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland.

Ireland's History in Maps

Maps from the National Library of Scotland

An outstanding collecting of Scottish historical maps.

Old Maps

Old-Maps is the UK's most comprehensive historical map archive comprising site centred historical maps covering England, Wales and Scotland. This website provides a complete step by step picture of land use changes that have taken place from the mid-19th Century onwards. Also included are maps from the OS County Series, OS Town Plans and post-war National Grid mapping to unique Russian Maps of UK target locations from the cold-war era.

Panoramic Maps of Canada

Smith's Canadian Gazetteer 1846

Geographical names listed in the 1846 Canadian Gazetter. The geographical names from the eastern part of Canada West (eastern part of Ontario) have been transcribed and include on this website as well as those east of Lennox and Addington County.

Good Places to Start on the World Wide Web

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Genealogy at

The Genealogy Home Page

The UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service (GENUKI)

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.


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Canada Timeline

A timeline of past and present events in Canadian history

Coal Mining History Resource Centre

Welcome to the UK's largest and most comprehensive website concerning the history of coalmining - including a searchable database of over 164,000 recorded accidents and deaths.

Dictionary of Victorian London

Historical Manuscripts Commission

Manorial Documents Register

The Manorial Documents Register (MDR) identifies the nature and location of manorial records. The MDR is partially computerised – Wales, the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, the three Ridings of Yorkshire, Shropshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire are available online.

Medieval English Genealogy

This website provides some useful resources, mainly for those tracing medieval English genealogy. The dates covered extend up to about 1600. Some Welsh (and a little Scottish and Irish) material is also included.

Quebec History

The Highland Clearances

The National Archives - ARCHON

The ARCHON Directory includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.

This web site is principally about the history of Vancouver Island. The viHistory site hosts several large searchable databases

How To Sites, Genealogy Courses and Online Newsletters

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Ancestry Learning Center

Free constantly expanding set of lessons on genealogy.

Family Tree Maker Online University

Free online self-paced lessons by Karen Clifford, a well-known genealogist. Also Internet and Genealogy lessons by Marthe Arends.

RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees

The Global Gazette: Canada's Family History Magazine


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Canadian Naturalization Database, 1915-1951

The Canadian Naturalization database contains references to about 200,000 people who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. During that period, the Government of Canada published the lists of names of those naturalized subjects in the annual reports of the Secretary of State (Sessional Papers) and in the Canada Gazette. This database, produced by the Jewish Genealogical Societies of Montreal and Ottawa, makes it possible to search those annual lists by name.

Ellis Island Database

Contains the records of the 22 million immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924. Searches are free, but access to detailed information requires free registration.

Immigrants at Grosse Île Quarantine Station, 1832-1937

Irish Famine Migration to New Brunswick, 1845-1852

National Archives of Canada: Immigration Records

The National Archives of Canada holds immigration records from 1865 to 1935. The names of immigrants arriving from overseas are recorded in passenger lists. Those arriving from or via the United States are recorded in border entry lists. A series of old nominal indexes exist for the 1925 to 1935 records.

Pier 21

This site celebrates and shares the Canadian immigration experience by honouring the unique stories of immigration throughout history. It also pays tribute to 1.5 million immigrants, war brides, displaced people, evacuee children and Canadian military personnel who passed through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971.

Keeping Up to Date with Online Databases

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Cyndi's List - What's New

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Rootsweb Review

Land Records

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Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784-1997

Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Land Petitions

Western Land Grants 1870-1930

Wisconsin Land Records

Local History, One Place Studies and Local Genealogy

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Alberta Newspapers Collection Online

Eastern Township Research: A Quebec Genealogy Site

Halton's Historical and Newspaper Records

Allows searches of newspapers, census records, cemetery records, land records, business directories and more for the area.

Kelsall 19th Century Social History

Local and Alberta Histories Online

London Ancestor

Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage

Newfoundland and Labrador's Historical and Genealogical Data

Powys Digital History Project

Statistical Accounts of Scotland

The Froyle Archive

West Ireland Emigration to Canada

Wigtownshire Pages

Wirksworth Parish Records, 1600-1900


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Books of Remembrance

British Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Online register of British and Commonwealth war dead, the 1.7 million who died in two world wars. Also details of 60,000 civilian casualties in WWII.

Canadian Air Force Personnel and Awards Database

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Index to Loyalist Muster Rolls

Newfoundland Regiment (1914-1918) Nominal Roll Index

Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)

Indexes personnel files of the over 600,000 enlisted in WWI. In addition, over 350,000 pages of Attestation papers have been scanned and made accessible.

Online Databases

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Find My Past

Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Barrie Newspapers. 1847-1960, 1989-1999

Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Barrie Newspapers. 1847-1960, 1989-1999

Uxbridge & Area Cemetery Project

An online database of local and surrounding cemetery records. This includes both transcriptions and pictures of tombstones.

Picture Archives

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Leodis Database

Picture the Past

Virtual Mitchell

Sites Organized by Specific Locality or Ethnicity

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AfriGeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy

Archives of Belarus

The website offers information on the state archival institutions and makes known the materials relating to records management and archive administration. There is also information on genealogy, archival publications, legislation, and professional training. A considerable part of the materials illustrate various aspects of the history of Belarus and the spiritual and material life of the Belarusian people.

Canadian War Children of Second World War

Canadian Roots UK is a self help website set up to help people in the UK trace their fathers/family in Canada. Also Canadian fathers or a relative who is trying to trace a child you/he may have fathered in the UK during World War II.

Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy Web Site

Châteauguay County: A Québec GenWeb Site

Doukhobor Genealogy Website

Dutch Genealogy


Dedicated to French-language genealogy. France, Quebec, Acadia, etc.

Italian Genealogy? Start Here

JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy

Liberation Children

We are children conceived from allied soldiers who liberated North West Europe 1944-1946. This is an association with warmth, integrity and compassion to all liberation children, war babes, veterans and their families. Created by John Boers from Guelph.

Lithuanian Archives Department

State archives play an important role in the processes of preserving and using public records of the Lithuanian National Documentary Fond, making them accessible to the citizens and governmental and public institutions, creating efficient information search systems, providing public services.

Ontario Genealogical Society

Ontario GenWeb

Part of the world-wide collective GenWeb effort to connect all genealogy resources by locality.

Petersburg Genealogical Portal

Polish Roots: The Polish Genealogy Source

Quaker Corner

State Archives of Latvia

Co-operating with other institutions and non-governmental organizations Archives of Latvia take part in various projects for preserving and accumulating cultural heritage and joining it to an integrated, easy accessible information system.

The Belgium-Roots Project

The Estonian Historical Archives

The Estonian Historical Archives preserves records of former central administrative institutions on the Estonian territory, court and police organs, materials of knighthood (Baltic-German nobility), local governments of towns and rural areas. We also hold records of churches and educational institutions as well as manors and personal files and also various kinds of documentation that belonged to societies and enterprises. Here you can find rare documents, seals and original letters of governors, vellums, engravings and photographs and the largest collection of historical maps in Estonia.

The Irish Ancestral Research Association - Links to Sites

The Olive Tree Genealogy

Ontario and New York State material as well as information on Irish, Dutch, German/Palatine and Huguenot ancestry. Much valuable information has been indexed and put online here.

What's What in Irish Genealogy


All the existing GenWeb sites can be reached from WorldGenWeb

Specialized Internet Search Tools

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FamilyFinder -

Searches family web pages on the Internet and's subscription-based family trees and books. Results are heavily skewed to the latter.


Searches all the registered web documents at Rootsweb.

Irish Origins

A for-fee search of over 23,505 Irish genealogy web pages, containing 1,795,438 names, including census data, Griffith's valuations, ships passenger lists, church records, convict records and more.

Origin Search

A for-fee search engine that searches millions of web pages containing genealogy data. You may do a simple surname search for free, but must pay for the more complex searches and to see the web sites returned. The rate is 5 USD for a 24 hour license and 15 USD for a 14 day license.

Surname Query Sites

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Ancestry/Rootsweb Message Boards

Ancestry and Rootsweb "share" message boards, and, as would be expected, there are more here than elsewhere. You can search for a message board by name, location or topic. An advanced search screen allows for more sophisticated searching.

GeneaNet: Genealogical Database Network

GenForum hosts a large message board system, Genforum. This is also searchable by surname, locality or topic.

Roots Surname List

The RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) is a list or registry of surnames that have been submitted by genealogists. Associated with each surname are dates and locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. You have the ability to both search RSL and to submit your own surnames for others to find. You can narrow down your search here by seeing all the surnames submitted by each individual; this can help you with deciding if the family is the same as the one you are searching.

Rootsweb's World Connect Project

The WorldConnect Project takes GEDCOM files submitted by genealogists and does the conversion necessary to make them web accessible. The files are then made searchable by surname and given name. If you find an individual of interest to you, you will be able to manipulate the data in various ways. These include the ability to see descendancy charts, pedigree charts, download the entire GEDCOM file and attach "postems" with additions or corrections.

Surnames of Ontario

Virtual Libraries

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Early Canadiana Online

A full-text online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets. Includes some local histories, directories and biographical collections. The contents of this virtual library are part of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproduction (CIHM) collection.

In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

The Ontario county atlases for Essex, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Lincoln, Middlesex, Norfolk, Ontario, Oxford, Peel, Perth, Waterloo, Welland, Wellington, Victoria are online in digitized form.

Local and Alberta Histories Collection

Growing collection of digitized books on Alberta local history.

My Heritage

A free and very powerful search engine that currently searches 1,103 databases Including RootsWeb and Genuki but not LDS. It allows building and storing online of family trees. An excellent search enginefor individuals, using

New Tecumseth Digital History

Digitized local history records for New Tecumseth - Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham and Tecumseth Township.

Our Ancestors of European Origin: Genealogy and Family History

Built by the Virtual Museum of New France, here are six databases of virtual content. A dictionary and a map of France are free to view. The other databases, Matrimonial records, up to 1825, pulled from the vital records of Quebec's Old Regime and the Parchemin's notarial databank and baptism records pulled from the "Fichier Origine," documents, illustrations, and chronologies, are free to search, but there is a charge to view the records.

Toronto Public Library Digital Collections

Includes the York and Toronto City Directories, 1797-1877. Click on GO.

Whitby Public Library

Whitby Public Library: Includes an on-line catalogue, listing much of the Durham Region Branch library collection in addition to its own genealogical books and microfilms.

Vital Statistics: Births, Deaths, Marriages

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1837 Online

On this site you will find an entire copy of the indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2001. These images are available to search and view for a fee.

BMD Indices for Port Hope and Hope Township (1832-1972)

As found in the local Port Hope newspapers.

British Columbia Vital Events Index

B.C. birth registrations 1872-1899, marriage registrations 1872-1924 and death registrations 1872-1979.

British Origins - Marriage Records

English Origins hosts the indexes and abstracts being made available online by the Society of Genealogists. These include the Marriage Licence Allegations Index, 1694-1850 and Boyd's Marriage Index, 1538-1840. There is a free surname search, but the records are pay per view.

Cheshire BMD

The indexes are not yet complete, but there are an estimated 1,783,910 birth, 514,357 marriage and 713,178 death records indexed online from 1837+.

Cheshire Wills, 1492-1940

Index to probate documents proved in Chester mainly for Cheshire residents.

Churchyard Monumental Inscriptions & Other Notes [Kent]

Early Ontario Records

Much of the data presented here is transcribed from the Papers and Records of the Ontario Historical Society.

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

The Church of Latter Day Saints' searchable web site. Includes the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, the Pedigree Resource File, and the Family History Library Catalog.

Free BMD

Free BMD is a volunteer effort to provide free access to the civil registration index for England and Wales, which has been in place since 1837. There are currently over 71 million records in the database (out of 100 million BMDs from 1837-1900.

Free REG

The FreeREG Project's objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK.

Index to New Brunswick County Birth Registers, 1801-1899

Index to New Brunswick County Death Registers, 1888-1920

Index to New Brunswick Death Certificates, 1920-1951

Index to New Brunswick Marriage Bonds, 1810-1932

Index to New Brunswick Marriages, 1887-1926

Joiner Marriage Index

A marriage database for northern England - Counties Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Cumberland and Westmoreland.

Lakefield Cemetery Online

Lunenburg County Births Marriages and Deaths

Marriages in Ontario, 1820 - 1924

A miscellaneous collection of links to transcriptions of Ontario marriages.

My Heritage

A free and very powerful search engine that currently searches 1,103 databases Including RootsWeb and Genuki but not LDS. It allows building and storing online of family trees. An excellent search enginefor individuals, using

Norfolk Transcription Archive

A volunteer effort presently based on records relating to the county of Norfolk, England. You will find parish register indexes (baptisms, marriages, death), records of subsidy (tax) and muster.

Nova Scotia Marriage Bonds, 1763-1864; 1870-1871

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

Places of Worship Records and Archives Resources

PRDH: The Population of Quebec before 1800

A database with three separate but related sections: a repertory of vital events, 1621-1799, a genealogical dictionary of families, 1621-1765, and a repertory of couples and filial relations, 1621-1799. The search and the viewing of the first level are free; there is a fee to view the complete information.


Searchable database of Scottish wills from 1500-1901. Digital images of the wills available for purchase.

Vicar-General Marriage Licence Index

A genealogical finding aid comprising a surname index which lists over 356,00 people who were issued with marriage licences by the Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury between 1694 and 1850.