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Links to Off-site Resources

Kent Information

Kent Addresses Addresses for various institutions, societies, museums and local history venues for places throughout Kent and those now part of greater London.
East Kent Families Database, ver 4.0 On CD or DVD, over 460,000 unique entries transcribed from primary genealogical sources and the inclusion of all events found in over 40 parish church registers it is not difficult to trace and compile individual family trees through 3 centuries of history.
East Kent Local History Pages East Kent Local History Pages
North Kent Churches Parish churches in and around Dartford
Pictures of Kent Pictures of some Kent Villages and the countryside.
Undergroundkent This site is on anything underground in Kent, from smugglers to Cold War.

Family History Societies

KFHS Kent Family History Society
Deal & District (including Dover) Branch KFHS Deal branch of the Kent Family History Society
NW Kent FHS North West Kent Family History Society
Folkestone FHS Folkestone Family History Society
Tunbridge Wells FHS Tunbridge Wells Family History Society
Huguenot Family History Society With the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the then King of France, Louis XIV, also sent all Protestant pastors out of France and into exile.  In all about 200,000 Huguenots eventually left France and settled in non-Catholic areas of Europe while approximately 50,000 arrived in England with some of those refugees moving on to settle in Ireland.  This society is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the documents and records of these individuals and their culture.
Railway Ancestors Family History Society The purpose of this society is to help members trace their ancestors throughout Great Britain who had an association with the British railway system.  The society is also open to receiving memberships from and helping British railwaymen overseas.

Kent Mailing Lists

Kent List Email list for the whole of Kent
Northwest Kent Family History Society List Email list for members of the society
Northwest Kent Family History Society Computing List Email list for members of the society for the discussion and sharing of information regarding computing and family history program problems.
Isle of Thanet List Email list for those with an interest in the Isle of Thanet Kent
London List A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the City of London and county of Middlesex, England. Border inquiries related to the neighboring counties of Surrey, Essex, Kent are also welcome
Kent Woodchurch List Email list for those with an interest in Woodchurch, Kent

Children

Missing Ancestors Dedicated to finding children sent away to industrial schools during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Criminal Resources

Black sheep ancestors Sources for tracing the black sheep of the family.
Old Bailey Online Old Bailey criminal proceedings 1660-1834.
Associated Old Bailey Records Over 25,000 books and documents in Libraries and Archives which contain evidence relating to trials described in the Proceedings have been identified and recorded in the Associated Records database for the period from 1674 to 1834. References to the Newgate Calenders are included for 1693 to 1707 and 1791 to 1834.
Newgate Calendar Database The Newgate Calendar, a series of stories about criminals from the 17th century and earlier through to 1840, is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the criminal underworld of 18th Century Britain. This database allows one to search by surname for mention of familiar individuals.

Historical Information

Money Values The purchasing power of British Poundsfrom 1245 to the present can be calculated.
Occupations A list of old occupations.
Images of England This is a wonderful website for photographs taken around England.  Many historic houses have been photographed and added to this database as have many historic monuments, including gravesites.  Free sign-up is required to access the database and the search facility is difficult to negotiate through.  But the rewards can be well worth the time and effort spent.  The grave sites of several of my Ruck family that I found on here helped to definitely solve a few lineage puzzles.
Vision of Britian Population and historical information of towns and villages.
Moving History Guides to film archives plus 100 historic film clips.
County Histories A detailed record of the country at the end of the Victorian era.  Also features links to county-based sources.
British History Online Although aimed at academic historians, there is material here to interest the family historian.

Maps

Bodleian Library Visit the online 'map room'.
Mapco Map Of North West Kent 1789 on this wonderful site for London and environs maps with high quality, large size scans.  This Kent map is at a scale of 1 mile to 1 inch.  Also has online An Entirely New & Accurate Survey Of The County Of Kent, With Part Of The County Of Essex, by William Mudge, 1801.
Great Britain Family Names Profiling Website presents the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of current and historic surnames in Great Britain. Users can search the databases to trace the geography and history of their family names.

Military Resources

The National Archive Army Pages TNA's guide to its Army records.  Also try the equivalent Naval and RAF pages.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission The Debt of Honour database to Britain's war dead.
Victoria Cross The excellent Victoria Cross Reference site includes a complete and fully searchable database of VC winners.
The MOD This official MOD website features a little-known search engine which turns up lots of useful data if you are researching a particular regiment.
British War Memorial Project Having visited the CWGC website, you might like to try this wonderful resource dedicated to War Graves situated in the UK and Commonwealth.
Regimental Museums Links to regimental museum websites, alongside an introduction to tracing officers and soldiers.
Army Museums Ogilby Trust A brief guide to tracing ancestors in the Army.
Royal Artillery Museum The Royal Military Repository, the forerunner to the Royal Artillery Museum, was formally established on the Royal Arsenal site in May 1778 by the Royal Warrant of King George III, making this museum the world’s oldest military museum.
RAF Museum The RAF museum site, including pages dedicated to researching airmen.
Imperial War Museum The IWM site has lots of advice pages about tracing those who served.
Gallantry Awards Awards listed in the London Gazette can be searched here.
Maritime and Naval Museums in Britain and Ireland Links to all the major Naval and maritime museums.
National Maritime Museum The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory).

Networking Sites

Rootschat Friendly and very helpful online genealogy forum where queries and lookup requests can be posted.
Genes Reunited From the team behind the hugely successful FriendsReunited website.  A paid subscription is required if you wish to correspond with others researching your family lines.  Otherwise, the site is free to search.
Genforum - Kent This is a "free" arm of Ancestry.com under the banner of their subsidiary, Genealogy.com.  Most queries on the site are for U.S. research but there is a small contingent of U.K. roots seekers that seem to know only of this site.  Genforum also has many individual "surname" boards.  Click on their "Home" button to go to the main page forum-finder search box.
Forces Reunited (Military) The largest British Armed Forces Community on the web with over a million members!  Find your friends here, but this site is more than just a reunion site. It provides with great free services, such as lively discussion forums, military news, photo gallery and numerous other great sections.  You can also search Forces War Records subscription site from the home page. Forces War Records is a pay-for-view site but minimum search results are returned without signup or expense so that you can determine if signup and a subscription would be worth your while.

Newspapers & Journals

Bodleian Library, Digital Library Projects Free online historic journals - Blackwood's Edinburgh, Gent's Magazine, Notes & Queries and others.
Colindale Newspaper Library Although Colindale Newspaper Library has now closed operation, the British Library's website includes a complete catalogue of its' newspaper holdings. Consult their website for details on how to access the newspaper collection at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire.
London Gazette Scans and indexes to the London Gazette
Newspaper database Local and regional newspapers for England listed and where they can be found.
British Pathe View 20th-century newsreels.
Trove Digitised Newspapers Archive newspaper website with more than 11,580,956 pages consisting of 115,267,216 articles available to search in digitised Australian newspapers and periodicals covering the years circa 1803 to 1980. Many different regional newspapers with vastly differing years of coverage. Check the "About" feature on the website for full details of coverage.
Papers Past Archive newspaper website with more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals covering the years 1839 to 1945.  The collection also includes 61 publications from all regions of New Zealand.
Google Newspaper Archive Google's newspaper archive website encompassing search results that include content from a number of sources such as independent online archival material that has been indexed by Google and content from their News Partners program.  Some articles may require a fee to view.
Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition Free, online edition of six nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers.
Richard Heaton's Newspaper Collection This collection consists of about 800 free searchable extracts and full transcripts of English, Irish, Georgian and early Victorian regional newspapers.
The London Times Online Archive Two hundred years of The Times archival newspapers from 1785-1985.  This is a pay-for-view web site, though.

Passenger Lists

Outbound Passenger Lists - Britian to Overseas ports This resides on Find My Past website but the index is free to search.  BT27 passenger lists 1890 to 1960 include long-haul voyages to destinations outside Britain and Europe.  Destinations which feature strongly include Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
AUS-NZ Passenger Lists Helping family historians find the vessel that brought their ancestors to Australasia.
Australian National Archives Passenger Lists Search for passengers arriving by ship in Fremantle and other Western Australian ports between 1921 and 1950; or arriving at Perth airport between 1944 and 1950.
Australia - New South Wales Passenger Lists Numerous assisted and unassisted passenger arrivals in New South Wales between 1816 and 1900.
Australia - New South Wales Mariners and Ships lists Unassisted passengers and crew lists plus transcriptions and digital copies of the original passenger lists held by The State Records Authority of New South Wales.  This is an ongoing project with lists completed for 1845-1849, 1851-1852, 1854-1859, 1860s, 1870s and 1880s.  Complete lists for the 1890s to 1922 in progress.
Australia - Queensland Passenger Lists Passengers from the United Kingdom and Europe only arriving between 1848 and 1939.
Australia - South Australia Passenger Lists Passenger lists for about 1,260 ship arrivals carrying almost 28,000 families between 1803 and 1854.  The database contains shipping and emigrants from Germany up to August 1854, the UK and Ireland up to July 1850, and other ports up to 1847.
Australia - South Australia Passenger Lists Official passenger lists of emigrants selected by the Colonization Commissioners between 1845 and 1886.  Access the lists using the collection search engine, ArchivesSearch.
Australia - more South Australia Passenger Lists Arrivals between 1836 and 1851 arranged by year and alphabetically by ship.  Images of transcripts of the passenger lists are available online.  Surname searching is not available.  Includes arrivals from other British colonies and overseas ports.
Australia - Tasmania Various passenger indexes:  convicts transported to Tasmania 1804 until 1853; departures out of Tasmanian ports mostly before 1860; passengers and ship arrivals during the 1800s, mainly in Hobart, surnames A-I; certificates of denization and naturalisation from 1835 to 1905; covers convicts applying to marry free people or other convicts 1829 to 1857.
Australia - Victoria Index to assisted British immigration 1839 to 1871.
Australia - Victoria Index to unassisted inbound passenger lists from 1852 to 1923.
Australia - Victoria Searchable list of outbound passengers from Victoria between 1852 and 1901.
Australia - Western Australia Arrivals during 1829 at "Swan River" extracted from early newspapers such as the Settlers Gazette.
Australian Passenger Lists The website of Peter Larson who is indexing shipping arrivals and departures.  The site includes more than 92,000 alphabetical passenger list entries, which are, in turn, linked to transcripts of the passenger lists.
Canadian Passenger Arrivals-all ports Online images of all passenger arrivals at all Canadian ports encompassing the official immigration documents from 1865 to 1935.  There is no index to these images except as noted in the Canadian Passenger Arrivals Indexing Project, below.  The lists are organized by port and date of arrival.
Canadian Passenger Arrivals Indexing Project A project of the Nanaimo Family History Centre in British Columbia, Canada whereby members are indexing the arrivals at Quebec, Canada (Montreal is included in the Port of Quebec) from 1900 to about 1921 when the passenger lists were discontinued for a time in favour of the form 30A.  Arrivals for the period 25 Jun 1905 to 13 Oct 1910 have been completed and comprises 626,150 listings from 1,173 ship arrivals.  Current indexing encompasses the period from 1905 back to 1900.
Castle Gardens U. S. Passenger Arrivals From 1855 to 1890 Castle Garden was the first official immigration centre in the United States of America.  This free site offers access to information regarding 11 million immigrants from as early as 1820 through to the opening of Ellis Island in 1892.  Castle Garden is now known as Castle Clinton National Monument.
New Zealand Passenger Arrivals - Auckland Auckland area passenger arrivals 1838-1889, 1909-1921.
New Zealand Passenger Arrivals Early passenger arrivals includes about 35 shipboard diaries.
New Zealand Passenger Lists Several passenger arrivals at Bluff, New Zealand from 1862 to 1900.
New Zealand Passenger Lists Links to over 4772 lists online on various independent websites.
Titanic Encyclopaedia RMS Titanic facts and history: passenger and crew lists, some biography.
U. S. Passenger Lists A collection of 5,000 transcribed passenger lists.
Various passenger lists worldwide Many transcribed passenger lists from 1700 to 1900.  Also has database of many, but not all, ocean-going ships involved in carrying immigrants.
Rootsweb Various passenger lists worldwide Many transcribed passenger lists from 1700 to 1900.  Database contains approximately 11,000 records.

Specialist Research

MedievalGenealogy.org Useful tips for people lucky enough to have a family tree stretching back this far.  Includes lists of ready-researched pedigrees.
G O O N S The Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONs) through which people register their interest in a particular surname.  Studies of a particular surname are carried out over a large geographical area irrespective of any familial connections between the family groups.
College of Arms The official repository of English and Welsh coats of arms and pedigrees.

Genealogy Miscellaneous

Access To Archives Online free searchable database comprised of indexes to the holdings of many individual local record offices.
NA Discovery - Documents Online Scans of pre-1858 Wills proved by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at London, Royal Naval Seamen's records and numerous other documents including portions of the Domesday Book.
The National Archives Repository for the records created and maintained by the government of the United Kingdom from Domesday to the present.
GenUKI Free online database of resources for genealogy in the United Kingdom and Ireland, hence the acronym of GenUKI.  Arranged first by country and then by individual county.
FreeCen FreeCen provides volunteer transcribed census records, 1841 through 1901.  Some counties are now very well covered.
British Genealogy British genealogy site.
All English Records Your one-stop site for English genealogy records.
Cyndi's List Links to more than 200,000 websites that contain genealogical data and information, including professional researchers and resources for sale.

Genealogy Suppliers

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Ancestry Solutions Reliable and good quality family history products, research aids, tutorials and services.  Home of the East Kent Families Database containing more than 460,000 unique entries transcribed from primary genealogical sources and the inclusion of all events found in over 40 parish church registers.
Parish Chest An excellent one-stop shopping site for all your genealogical requirements.
S & N Genealogy Offer over one hundred and thirty programs plus Data CDs, books, charts and family history kits.
TWR Computing Computers, programs and data CDs for family historians and genealogists.
Stepping Stones Specialises in the 1841 to 1871 census of England and Wales, with street indices to accompany the major towns and cities, also PCC Wills and a large variety of old trade directories.