General Register Office: Tracing Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths (Office of National Statistics, 1997). Practical advice on how to research with certificates. A comprehensive guide aimed at beginners.
The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers by Cecil Humphrey-Smith (Phillimore, 1999). County maps that list all parishes and the availability of relevant registers.
Where to find the International Genealogical Index by JSW Gibson and M Walcot (Federation of Family History Societies, 1985). How to start using the index.
The National Archives: Links to the Family Records Centre and the Office of National Statistics sites for advice and leaflets on certificate research. Access to archives is also a very useful part of the site for archive work.
Practical Family History: A national magazine with useful articles on tracing ancestors, plus links to many other sites concerning research and genealogy.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: A religious organisation that compiles the International Genealogical Index, including English parish registers (the website permits a search for relatives on the index). They also publish the entire 1881 census on CD.
GENUKI, UK and Ireland and Genealogy: Discover how to begin research into genealogy, and search the archives.
Places to visit
The Family Records Centre, Myddelton Street, London. Tel: 020 8 392 5300 A major genealogy resource and an important institution in its own right. You can pick up research leaflets, or view their introductory exhibition on family history sources.
General Register Office of Scotland: Located in Edinburgh, and holds indexes to Scottish certificates.
National Library of Wales: Located in Abersytwyth, and holds copies of indexes for Welsh certificates, plus copies of most parish registers in Wales.
Borthwick Institute: Located in York, and holds wills registered in the Prerogative Court of York, plus other genealogical sources.
In addition to these national institutions, you should also try to visit your local county record office, where you will find all relevant parish registers. Most will also stock copies of census returns on film or fiche, and some have selected indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates. Locally registered wills may also be stored there.
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