Top 10 sites
British Newspaper Archive
Articles from historical newspapers from the British Library’s holdings can shed light on your ancestors.
This pay-per-view site hosts some burial records from across Britain.
You can find free indexes for birth, marriage and death records in England and Wales on this site.
FreeCEN has census transcriptions from across Britain for 1841–1891.
GENUKI is the online gateway to genealogical resources in Britain and Ireland.
The National Archives
The UK’s national archives, and the national archive for England and Wales, has useful research guides.
National Archives of Ireland
The website of Ireland’s national archives has free-to-access records including wills and censuses.
National Records of Scotland
Scotland’s platform has guides for records north of the border.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s archives hosts some free collections of records, including wills.
Scottish Indexes includes some census transcriptions.