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Some sources for family history

  1. Family : oral, family bible, portraits, photographs, medals etc, diaries.
  2. Civil registration : births, marriages, deaths, adoption records
  3. Census returns
  4. Parish registers/bishops transcripts : baptisms, marriages, burials.
  5. Wills : including probate, administrations and inventories - pre 1858 and Post 185Death Duty registers.
  6. Monumental inscriptions : tomb stones, memorials, war memorials
  7. Non-conformist records and recusants lists
  8. Military records (navy, army, RAF, militia, territorial, merchant marine etc.) : official lists, medal rolls, discharge papers, service redcords, campaign histories, muster rolls, regimental museums, casualty lists, CWGC etc.
  9. Educational records : school and college records and pupil lists, degree lists etc. certificates, school and college magazines (news of old pupils).
  10. Career/professional : published lists (eg. Crockfords for clerics), professional exam results etc. company records.
  11. Newspapers : national and local, professional publications, parish magazines.
  12. Directories,works of reference : street directories etc,"peerages", Whose who / Who was who, dictionary of National Biography etc.
  13. Indexes : Society of Genealogists, Morman (IGI), computerised etc
  14. The British abroad : Colonies, India and Foreign Countries, events on aboard ship, Consular registrations.
  15. Printed works : has it been done before? county and local histories.
  16. Elections : Parliamentary and local, voters lists, maps.
  17. Chancery and exchequer records : disputes over inheritance, lands, debts etc.. Taxes, Domesday Book.
  18. Land and property records : deeds, maps, estate agents records etc
  19. Local records/taxation : tithe maps, court records, poor law rates, parish poor law records, other tax records.
  20. Manorial records : rent rolls, manorial court records, estate maps
  21. Personal and place names : one name studies, family christian names, name origins etc.
  22. Heraldry : College of Arms.
  23. Public & Local record offices and Public & Society libraries

RFM G1 9/92, revised 3/97

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