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World in your hand, internet for genealogical research, internet for family history

Whilst there are many great free sites, sometimes they will not carry the information you require such as the full original document.  This is where subscription sites become useful.  Also subscribing to a magazine can provide you with a wealth of information in regards to conducting your research.


Research Websites

  • – this is probably the most well-known of all the paid genealogy sites.  Ancestry is an American genealogy company that has loads of information from around the world.  It does operate more country-specific sites, such as the UK and Australian arm, amongst others, but using their generic link will redirect you to the more appropriate one for your region.
  • Deceased Online – searching for digitised burial and cremation records, and cemetery maps from Britain are free, however, credits are required to view the full record.
  • Family Relatives – another paid site offering numerous vital, military, and other records for the genealogist.  As with other sites, there is the facility to build an online tree.
  • Find My Past – this site has amazing content on it, and is operated in the UK so it has a much greater focus on the UK and Australia/NZ records.
  • Forces War Records – this subscription site offers a range of military records including honour rolls, medals, and prisoner of war records.
  • Genes Reunited – this site offers online tree capability and also increasing its digitised collection rapidly.  The major drawcard to this site is the networking capability to find relatives also researching your tree.
  • Genhound – this relatively unknown site allows the purchase of credits to access useful resources for Britain but with particular attention to Scottish records such as sasines indexes and Registers of Deed.
  • My Heritage – this site originated in Israel but over time has become a major contributor in the genealogy scene.  Like other sites, it offers you online tree building capability, DNA testing, as well as access to a range of records which continues to grow.
  • Scotlands People – this site is the go-to site for access to digitised images of Scottish birth, death, and marriage civil registration records, as well as Scottish Census records.
  • The Genealogist – another paid site that primarily focuses on English and Welsh records with some Scottish and Irish resources.
  • The National Archives – whilst there are loads of resources available at the National Archives in Kew, England, there are many that are available for purchase online through their portal.  Although some can be downloaded for free on their Digital Microfilm Page.
  • The Original Record – this site is quite different to others mentioned here as it focuses on an annual subscription to research a single surname.  This site would be of most interest to people undertaking a one-name study rather than overall genealogical research.