Cana asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Which (UK based) genealogy site is the best?

There are loads of these sites out there, the trouble is that they all charge and I don't know which one to use. Does anyone have any experiences or any advice please?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They don't all charge. You may be able to find a lot of your ancestors on the free sites. Ideally, you want to get back about 100 years from family knowledge so that you can look for your ancestors in the 1911 census (the most recent one available). Otherwise you will have to work backwards from birth, marriage and death certificates.

    So talk to all your relatives, ask to see old photographs, records of birth, baptism, death and marriage, family Bibles, funeral service sheets, etc, and make copies. Find out where all your deceased relatives are buried, visit the graves, transcribe the information on the gravestones and take photographs. If you don't know where people are buried or are unable to visit the graves, you may find them on

    Too many of us family historians regret not questioning the oldies closely before they popped their clogs, so get all the names, dates and places you can and then check these against the official records. Then work back one generation at a time, using birth/baptism, death/burial and marriage records, and the census.

    The national indexes of birth, marriage and death up to about 1930 can be searched at Civil registration was introduced in England and Wales on 1st July 1837, although registration of births was not compulsory until 1875. More recent indexes can be searched at, or on microfiche at your County Record Office, central library, or LDS Family History Centre. Some local registration offices are putting their indexes online at

    When you have found the right entry in the index, the birth, marriage or death certificate costs £7 when ordered online from the General Register Office:-

    The census returns for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911 are held at the National Archives at Kew and you can access the census images and transcriptions via the links on their website:- Only the 1881 census is available free online - all the others are on paid sites although you can search the indexes for free.

    Volunteers are busy transcribing the other censuses to make them freely available and this site has completed some counties for some years:-

    On the free LDS site you can search the 1881 census, and the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which is a large collection of extracts from parish registers. You can search many more records on microfilm or fiche at your local LDS Family History Centre - find out where the nearest one is from their website. You can also download the family history program Personal Ancestral File (PAF) for free.

    Before 1837, the only records of the main life events of our ancestors will be found in the parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial. Churches still keep these registers but usually deposit the old ones for safekeeping with the County Record Office where they can be searched on microfilm/fiche. These two free sites are in process of putting parish registers online:- and

    You might like to search the free World Connect project to see if anyone has already done research on your ancestors (view these trees with caution as much of the 'research' is suspect - verify anything you find online by consulting the original records before incorporating the data into your family tree):-

    If you want more, these are directories of genealogical resources with links to websites, some of which will be free:-

    Genuki has a page for each county where you can locate the County Record Office where the parish records will be held, and other resources for that county.

    Eventually you will want to join, if only to get access to the 1841 to 1871 and 1891 census.

    Source(s): This answer is my own original work. Any answers that look similar are plagiarism, obtained by copying and pasting from previous answers given by me.
  • Sarah
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    4 years ago

    Which UK Based Genealogy Site Is The Best?

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Best Genealogy Site

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Free Ancestry Sites Uk

  • 1 decade ago

    Ancestry have a lot of information and a lot of transcribed BMDs, but is prone to errors and omissions which has caused me a lot of confusion. I'm not too keen on their search engine either.

    I've found Findmypast is a lot more accurate and has the 1911 census, but may work out more expensive,

    Do try the free sites such as freecen and freebmd (cheshire is very good and has more detailed information as well as links to other freebmd sites.

    I know very little about genes reunited or any others.

    Source(s): been a member of ancestry and find my past
  • 1 decade ago

    I have subsciptions to and Find My Past - both are good for different things. I think Ancestry is very very good for searches for BMD's and cenus returns and other random databases but FMP is better if you wish to search an address in the census returns - it has that facility. I understand that you can do this on Ancestry though I've never managed to do it! And ofcourse FMP has the 1911 census.

    If I had to vote on which one was best Ancestry would get my vote. They are both fairly expensive but if you break down the yearly subscription charge to a monthly amount it really isn't bad at all.

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    5 years ago

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    Which (UK based) genealogy site is the best?

    There are loads of these sites out there, the trouble is that they all charge and I don't know which one to use. Does anyone have any experiences or any advice please?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've got subsciptions to and and I prefer Ancestry. Ancestry is quicker and easier to use and has a better search engine. If you have ancestors from London they have just put a fantastic collection of marriages and baptisms from there.

    Findmypast is the only site that I know of that you can currently get a sub to see the 1911 census - although I'm sure all the other sites will get it eventually.

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