Birth, death, marriage indexes for England and Wales 1837-2005, Scotland 1855-2009, Ireland 1864-1958, and for the Channel Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, British India, United States, the Caribbean, and many more. Northern Ireland will follow shortly.
Baptism, marriages, and burials: records prior to civil registration in England and Wales. Access to millions of entries from 1538-1920’s, including North and South America, Australasia, Continental Europe. For example, the National Burial Index alone contains over 18.4 million records.
Census records for England and Wales, Scotland, and the Channel Islands, 1841-1911, United States 1840-1940, and Canada.
Electoral Registers covering the UK with some coverage for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for various years from 1992-2008. Further information may be found here. Other electoral registers for some local areas are also available.
Wills: Indexes to the wills proved in Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1500-1858 (the senior probate court before its abolition) and many of the local and minor courts, the Principle Probate Registry for England and Wales 1858-1966; Scottish wills and testaments 1513-1901; Irish Wills Index 1484-1858; and for Northern Ireland 1858-1919 and 1922-43.
Newspapers: hundreds of national and provincial titles from 1600, including The Times for 1785-2006. Titles for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States are also available. Local titles include the Spalding Standard, Spalding Guardian, Stamford and Rutland Mercury, and the Lincolnshire Free Press. Newspapers are an excellent resource for genealogists – birth, death, and marriage announcements, crimes, property transactions and family business advertisements – not too dissimilar to the present time.
Professions: sources for the clergy, lawyers, doctors, magistrates, architects.
Criminals: every family has one (and possibly more!) and records of their misdemeanors can be a fascinating insight into life of the period. Records of the Old Bailey for 1674-1913 are available together with the Criminal Registers for England and Wales for 1791-1892. Other records include those for convicts transported to Australia between 1791 and 1868. Newspapers could be used to add detail to the official records. Bankruptcy and insolvency is
another excellent resource for the family historian.
Emmigration and immigration records: if relatives
have gone abroad there is a good chance they appear on the many records available – including passenger lists to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, and arrivals into the UK. Records relating to naturalisation and aliens.