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Ancestry Library Edition
Available free in Bedfordshire libraries. Click the link or the logo at the top of the 'Local and family history A-Z' page. To see a list of UK records, at the home page click 'Search' tab, then scroll down and under 'Browse by location' click 'UK and Ireland', then click the required country. At the list of records, click the 'View all...' link under each category
Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
Includes directory of professional researchers who abide by the association's code of conduct.
Details of access to the archive in London of telephone directories dating from 1880.
Discovery is The National Archives' catalogue enabling you to search its records and the catalogues of over 2,500 archives and institutions across the UK and some archives and institutions abroad. You can search for any term, including names of individuals.
Electoral Registers at the British Library
A guide to the electoral registers held at the British Library's Social Policy Information Service. Includes an explanation of the content and history of electoral registers
You can search millions of names on this site, which is produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Includes the IGI (International Genealogical Index), the 1881 British Census, and much more.You can find the nearest Family History Centre, run by the Church, by clicking the 'Library' tab.
A range of original records for searching and viewing. Includes births, marriages and deaths indexes, selected censuses, death duty registers, divorces records and some passport applications. Also has a 'Living relatives' database that includes electoral roll searches
Hall Genealogy Website - Index of Old Occupations
A really helpful site for anyone trying to make sense of a census. If you can't find what you're looking for on this index, there are other useful links displayed
A digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories from England and Wales. This is a project on progress being carried out by the University of Leicester.
Dig out, upload and pin your old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. You can layer your old images onto modern street view scenes
Lloyd's List Marine News 1740-1837
Lloyd.s List is a newspaper devoted to shipping news. In particular it records the movements of ocean going vessels and marine news of casualties, .speakings. and other events involving individual vessels.
Matches you with cousins researching the same ancestors. It also gives family history tips and guides. Free to join and to use many benefits of the site. Extra benefits are available to subscribers
National Archives Currency Converter
A useful site for both family historians and historians. Click on Old Money To New to find out how yesterday's prices compare to 2005's prices, or click on Buying Power to find out how 2005's prices compare to yesterday's prices
One Place Studies
A one-place-study (OPS) considers your ancestors in their physical and social context. By learning about your ancestors' neighbours, and studying the historical environment and events, big and small, that took place within a village, you can gain a greater understanding of your own genealogy. An OPS studies all the historical residents of a particular place by gathering all the historical records, memorabilia and stories that mention those residents, and analysing them to reconstruct its family trees and gain insights into the social and economic workings of that place.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey
A fully searchable digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1834. This is 'the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court'.The site also includes historical background and information about associated records (other books and documents about crimes tried at the Old Bailey).
Roots Dictionary of Genealogy & Archaic Terms
Dictionary of many common terms found in genealogy work, mainly taken from standard sources
The British Newspaper Archive
Digitised British historical newspapers. Millions of pages already online, mainly up to 1900 but some later. Constant additions. You can access for free in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries. Or from home you can search for free, but there is a subscription to view.
Includes birth, marriage and death indexes, censuses, parish records indexes, directories, land owner records, wills and testaments and Knights of England
A site made up of regional and country websites. Select a country to see national and local information resources. All the country web sites have a system for submitting surname queries. Many also have free email lists. This is a volunteer-based project.
Yesterdays Journey records the names of people who had dealings with documentation and officials and it gives brief summaries of the types of paperwork involved, such as Settlement Examinations, Settlement Certificates, Removal Orders, Bastardy and Apprenticeship Indentures and so on. It deals primarily with Derbyshire but it does cover the whole of the British Isles as people moved on, or were moved on, as well as overseas.