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Other sources of information for family research

Useful websites an easily understood guide to starting your research.

The Secret History of My Family ideal for the beginner, and also holds a lot of information relating to the “Who Do You Think You Are?” TV series. where you can get various leaflets published by the Society of Genealogists. is another useful site for leaflets and links from the Federation of Family History Societies.

The East Surrey Family History Society,

The West Middlesex Family History Society,

The National Archives’ family history pages have guides for beginners, plus research guides giving information about the records you can use at their premises at Kew.


You can find copies of many national and regional newspapers and search for obituaries at the British Newspaper Library archives.

The General Register Office

The website for the General Register Office and has useful information on births, deaths and marriages.

Church records

Church records are held at county record offices:-

Legal documents

Wills and Letters of Administration from 1858 can be searched in person at The Probate Research Room, telephone 020 7936 7000, for a small charge. Wills can also be ordered by post from the York Probate Registry. HM Courts & Tribunal Service.

Updated: 10 March 2020