Family Records from the UK National Archives

The National Archives have a dedicated website specifically for family records at Family.Records.gov.uk – your official source for family records.

It’s funded and maintained by a bewildering range of government departments and public sector bodies – the register offices and public records offices for all parts of the United Kingdom, plus the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the network of academic archives throughout Britain, the Imperial War Museum and even the old records from the pre-1947 India Office.

There’s a whole section full of topics of interest to family history researchers, with useful information about civil births, marriages and deaths registration, religious records (parish registers), censuses, wills, immigration and emigration records, military records, and adoptions. They’ve also got several guides on how to get started in the whole field of family research using original records, genealogy software and records on the Internet. Reviews of useful books and a handy reading list round off this excellent resource for the novice genealogist.