Rosemary Lockie's Quick Reference Page
- “Who? What? Where?”
- Some queries can be answered very simply online, using one of the sites below. The sites themselves should be self-explanatory, so details of what to expect are omitted. Basically it's a list of my own favourite research sources.
If you are looking for:-
- A Person in the Present Day
- A Person in the Past
- FamilySearch - www.familysearch.org, or go direct to the Custom Search IGI Page.
- In the Napoleonic Wars - The Age of Nelson.
- During the Civil Registration period beginning 1837
- In its early stages, but may prove fruitful - UK Burials and Cremations. Added 5 Sep 2008.
- If he or she died in either of the World Wars, try The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- A traveller on Britain's inland waterway network, the Virtual Waterways Archive. Added 5 Nov 2007.
- For Scotland, Scotland's People provides a search mechanism for Scots OPRs (Old Parochial Records), BMD Certificates and 1841-1901 Censuses. This is expensive, but so is a trip to Edinburgh if you don't live nearby!
- Again in Scotland, Scots Origins also provides a variety of free, and chargeable Lookups.
- Leicester University's collection of Historical Directories (1766-1919) for England and Wales.
- Worldwide directory of links to census transcriptions - Census Online.
- Stablemates to FreeBMD above - FreeCEN and FreeREG - respectively, FREE Census and Parish Register databases.
- A member of the Royal Family, or the Peerage. Added 30 Dec 2006.
- The more distant past - Chris Phillips Medieval English Genealogy web site. Added 22 May 2007.
- A member of the Clergy - The Clergy Database. Added 31 Oct 2010.
- What did your ancestor die of? Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death. Added 11 May 2011.
- Free BMD searches in Australia - official records provided in NSW, WA, and Queensland:
- A Person in London
- In Newgate Prison - online transcription of The Complete Newgate Calendar, 1926 edition. Covers a period up to 1841, and records case histories leading to trial and imprisonment.
- The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834
- A Newspaper Reference
- Information on British Library Newspapers Digitisation Project.
- Search the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes -
The Gazettes are the official newspapers of record for the United Kingdom.
- "It's Old News" - Old News Copy - searchable archive of old newspaper articles from Victoria, Australia.
- Newspapers on "Old Liverpool" website - Old Newspaper Extracts UK. Added 15 Sep 2005.
- The Times Digital Archive (1785-1985) may be available if you have a (UK) Library card - see your county library homepage eg Herefordshire Libraries for details. Added 1 Apr 2008.
- Some Australian newspapers dating from 1803 to the 1980's -
Trove Digitised Newspapers
Sydney Morning Herald, The Argus, Brisbane Courier, &c. Added 9 May 2012
- A Place (in the UK)
- In the Present Day - UK Street Map, or satellite views eg, Google Maps, or Bing Maps (includes Multimap). Updated 14 Apr 2012.
- Somewhere to stay - Travellers World UK Tourism and Accommodation Guide.
- In the Past - Old Maps - 1:10,560 scale historical maps.
- On GENUKI - The GENUKI Gazetteer
- Availability of records for a particular place - The Family History Library Catalogue
- Population studies in the past - the Online Historical Population Reports Website. Added 4 Oct 2009.>
- A Book
- In Print - any online bookstore, such as Amazon.com, or if it's related to Family History, the Society of Genealogists' Bookshop.
- Out of Print - COPAC (the University Research Library Catalogue) is a good way of finding publishing details so you can order from your local library on ILL (Inter-Library Loan)
- International - OCLC WorldCat - the international equivalent of COPAC.
- Electronic Text
- Links to all the Web sites mentioned in the book The Genealogist's Internet.
- Project Gutenberg - wide variety of electronic texts (Chaucer, Dickens, &c.)
- The Gentleman's Magazine (scanned images)
- The Literary Heritage website - authors of the West Midlands. Added 14 Sep 2005.
- Google Books - searchable extracts from 'The Gentleman's Magazine' and more. Added 8 Aug 2006.
- The Wayback Machine Text Archive. Added 18 Feb 2008.
- The Family History Archive in the Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collections. Added 4 Oct 2009.
- A Library or Record Office
- A Museum
- A Will
- A UK Postcode
- A Church (in the UK)
- Many old churches are now listed buildings - search British Listed Buildings Online. Added 7 Oct 2010.
- UK Church Directory - "find a church" - (multi-denominational)
- A Church Near You. Added 14 Oct 2008.
- Churches true to the Gospel - "ukchurch.org" - searchable interface and A-Z. Added 5 Sep 2008.
- "A Thousand Years of English Churches" - The Churches Conservation Trust.
- The GENUKI Church Database
- A list of forbidden marriages according to CoE ecclesiastical law:
The Society of Archbishop Justus - and their Table of Kindred & Affinity
- The archive of the Incorporated Church Building Society (founded 1818) - Church Plans Online. Added 27 Aug 2011.
- A Public House, or Inn
Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands: Past and Present
Select 'Pub Histories' for listings by county.
Ironically, the Public House may often be found next to the Village Church!
- Gloucestershire Pubs.
- John Crossling's History of Warwickshire Pubs.
- The Pub History Society.
- Pubs and Breweries of the Midlands: Past and Present
- A (Disused) Railway Station
- Closed Railway Stations in the UK - details of Disused Stations. Added 14 Feb 2008.
- An Emigrant
findmypast.co.uk provides chargeable access to digital images of:
- Passport Applications 1851 to 1862 and 1874 to 1903 (1863-1873 are missing)
- Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea 1854 to 1890.
- To the US (1892-1924) Ellis Island Foundation
- On the National Archives site - Passenger Lists and other Migration Records
- For more comprehensive shipping research - The Ships List. Added 11 Sep 2008.
- findmypast.co.uk provides chargeable access to digital images of:
- Genealogy Icons or Clip Art
- How Much is it Worth?
- What is the equivalent today of (say) 3d in 1783? Purchasing Power of British Pounds from 1264 to 2007.
- A Coat of Arms
- International Civic Heraldry - United Kingdom. Added 14 Sep 2005.
‘Yell’ - the UK Yellow PagesSome Miscellaneous Links
People, Businesses and Places - 192.com People Finder
Royal Mail - Postcode/Address Finder
- Freephone or local dialup alternatives (UK only) to premium rated numbers - Say No to 0870. Added 23 May 2008.
- "The largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web" - Open Directory Project. An encyclopaedic lookup - many topics are covered.
- Search Usenet (the collective name for Newsgroups) - Google Groups. Formerly 'Deja News'.
- The home of UK Weather Forecasting - The Met Office. Added 12 Sep 2008.
Call me a programmer? Darn, like plumbers where are they when you need one? However I suspect the term is at worst outdated and at best ambigous, so I decided on 'Code Monkey' , since I enjoy coding applications more than planning or designing. Here are one or two sites I've found useful in developing the applications I use to assist in managing my websites.Web-Related and E-mail Links
I found all of the above code sites extremely useful - thanks guys! :)
- The Microsoft DLL Help Database. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- Yet Another Code Site - smart advice to accompany Borland's C++ Builder, VCL, and related Microsoft Windows API issues. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- The Internet Component Suite (ICS) from Overbyte Freeware, by Françoise Piette. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- Mike Lischke's GraphicEx Library from Delphi Gems. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- Programmer's Heaven. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- Filemon and ProcessExplorer from Windows Sysinternals. Added 21 Sep 2005
(NB since adopted by MicroSoft and requires Silverlight, the MS equivalent of Adobe Flash)
- SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) parser from James Clark's Home Page. Added 21 Sep 2005.
- Programmer's file and data format resource - Wotsit.org. Added 4 Mar 2008.
- Want to validate your web pages? Check them for correct HTML syntax using the HTML Validation Service, and display the smart icon that you see at the bottom of this page!
- Hate Spam (Unsolicited Email)? Report it to SpamCop. SpamCop techniques aim to stop it at source!
- If you're a web page developer, tips and tricks for good HTML code practices may be found at:-
- Check for broken links on your own web site using XENU.
- Open Source software - SourceForge - a wide range of software, utilities, &c.
These websites offer a return to sanity if you're feeling brainwashed into believing everything you read online...
... not that I'm suggesting they're necessary as an antidote to this page... nonono, of course not - hehe!
- The Phrase Finder. “What's the origin of that phrase?”
Discover that ‘Dead Ringer’ doesn't mean what you thought it meant... Added 30 Nov 2006.
- Quack Watch - ‘Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions’. Added 30 Nov 2006.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages - for example “A month before Kennedy was assassinated he was in Marilyn Monroe...” Added 17 Dec 2005.
- The Skeptic's Dictionary.