MONDAY MUSINGS: Genealogy Tips…Are you looking for British Ancestry?

(Are you looking for your British ancestry?  Here are some tips on how to research them.)

Tips on British Ancestry….(from British Origins of American Colonists 1629-1775 – William Dollarhide)

Some National sources for surnames in the British Isles

—Telephone Books and Directories, available at libraries

—International Genealogical Index- Family History Library at Salt Lake City, Utah

—Genealogical Research Directory – published in Australia – can be found in larger U. S. Libraries

—British Isles Genealogical Register – Microfilm – Salt Lake City, Utah

—Boyd’s Marriage Index –Family History Library at Salt Lake City, Utah

—Family Origin Name Survey- Family Origin Name Survey, The Stines, Leek, Staffordshire, England, ST13 8UL, England – fee required.”


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  1. Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea

    you are somewhat behind the times: the National Archives, in London, have online records. is also well worth the price of membership. UK National archives

  2. Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea

    the LDS also have massive amounts of family records accessible online, HOWEVER, they are not very careful about verifying the information they’ve been given, and, as it all comes from people who post whatever information they have, the records might or might not be accurate. I’ve run across more than one piece of outrageously-wrong “data” in their collections concerning my own family, so, proceed with caution. (Remember, their agenda is “baptising” dead family-members, not being accurate about who they might be, so, be warned)

  3. Sandra Stickler

    Jennifer Stickler Riddle

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