Gathering information from England Northern Ireland Scotland and Wales

Your first stop in getting acquainted with the British Isles is the Family site ( The site is a partnership between the following groups:

1 Access to Archives ( is a consortium of archives in England and Wales. The Access to Archives site features a database with descriptions of the holdings of 414 record offices and repositories.

1 British Library - India Office Records (

holds records of the government of pre-1947 India. The site features a bibliographical index containing more than 300,000 entries.

1 Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( is responsible for maintaining the 1.7 million graves of those who died in the two world wars. The CWGC Web site includes the Debt of Honour Register that provides basic information on those covered by the Commission.

1 Family Records Centre ( is run jointly by the General Register Office and the National Archives. The FRC site provides online access to leaflets that can help you begin your search into British records.

1 General Register Office ( holds birth, marriage, and death records in England and Wales from 1 July 1837 up to one year ago. The GRO Web site details how to get copies of certificates and has some basic guides on researching genealogy.

1 General Register Office for Scotland ( holds birth, marriage, divorce, adoption, and death records in Scotland from 1855. The GROS is also responsible for the periodic censuses for Scotland.

il Imperial War Museum ( chronicles the wars of the twentieth century from 1914. Its Web site contains fact sheets on tracing ancestors who served in the armed forces and an inventory of war memorials.

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