17 December 2020
Do you have ancestors from the United Kingdom? Get started on your British family history journey guide with our genealogy resources (, many of which are free of charge) to help you find out more about your UK ancestors.
UK ancestors? We're here to help!
Wherever in the world you live, it's possible that you'll find some UK ancestors somewhere within your ancestry. Although it's always exciting to find links to a different country, knowing what to do next can be daunting.
5 fantastic sources to take your family tree back 150+ years
- The census - track your UK ancestors through the decades
- Birth records - a key building block in family history
- Marriage records - your building block for finding the next generation of your tree
- Death records - how and where did your ancestor die?
- The 1939 Register - your ancestor's whereabouts as a nation prepared for war
Read on for our guide to finding your UK ancestors and tracing your family tree.
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Free websites for UK ancestry
Our guide to the best free of charge websites for UK ancestors
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