Researching Your Family History

Free search sites

Old Sepia Family PhotoThere are many sites which offer search facilities  but at a cost, while a lot of initial research can be carried out without making any payment. The information covering  the census  years 1841 to 1911 is now available using a free search of listings at but access to actual census record requires payment. offers a free Births, Marriages and Deaths listings which covers roughly 1800 to about 1950, although transcription is still being carried out, so is not complete. Use the place, listing Volume and Page Number to trace both marriage partners.

Really useful link to parish registers for Chapel Allerton (kindly provided by Verity from 'Dustydocs').


If you had an ancestor who emigrated to the U.S. particularly between 1892 and 1924, then they probably shipped to New York and were passed through Ellis Island (home of the Statue of Liberty). Ellis Island how holds the archive of all ships manifests, so it is possible to find the passenger and find the Passenger Record, the original Ship manifest and a picture of the ship. Just set up a free registration with Ellis Island and keep an Ellis Island file. Copies of documents can be purchased. The site also includes information on how to search family history.

Most records have been collected by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and can be searched for church records additional and before the first census (1841).

Subscription sites

Once you have an approximate family tree back to about 1800 the process then requires checking records. The above census site (

charges £5.00 for 500 credits which last for 7 days, which allows you to access images of original census records for names, addresses and occupations. Other sites such as or charge a monthly or annual subscription and BE CAREFUL if you give credit/debit card details, check out how you cancel as they may operate an automatic renewal unless you cancel within the required time period.

Old Family PhotosDon't rush to spend, do as much as you can using free information, on-line and at local libraries and museums, church yards and parish records.

To find your ancestors home

When you find a new address - remember you can always check it out using Google Maps - put in the street name, or zoom in the map then use you mouse to grab the little orange man from the navigation buttons and drop him on the street, then you can move along the street and check out house numbers etc, you may still find the house your ancestors lived in.

Chris Mulliss