This is a selection of websites and resources that I use frequently. Some are subscription only, some are free to use, though you may need to register first.

FamilySearchFree to use. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organisation operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FreeUKGenealogyFree to use. Free UK Genealogy, Incorporating FreeBMD, FreeCEN and FreeREG, provides free access to family history records. Working with a team of dedicated volunteers they are creating high-quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. 

General Register OfficeFree to use. Official central source for ordering birth, marriage and death certificates for England and Wales from 1837 onwards. Certificates cost from £7 each.

Scotland’s People – Scotland’s birth, marriage and death records from 1855, Census returns 1841-1911, digitised records for all parishes pre-1855. Free to search, pay-to-view.

IrishGenealogyFree to use. The home for the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office for Ireland.

The British Newspaper Archives – Indexed and digitised newspapers for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from 1750 to recent day. Free to search, pay-to-view.

Newspapers – The largest online newspaper archive particularly useful for research in the US. Free to search, pay-to-view.

Internet ArchiveFree to use. This is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. I have found many parish registers on here by entering town names in the search box.

Ancestry – The world’s largest for-profit genealogy company. Free to search, pay-to-view. There is usually a 14 day free trial offer available. Take the research further with an Ancestry DNA kit!

FindMyPast – Find My Past hosts over 4 billion searchable records of census, directory and historical record information. Free to search, pay-to-view.