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Clergy of the Church of England Database <theclergydatabase.org.uk/>
This project aims to capture references to the careers of Anglican clergy from 1540 to 1835, drawn from all the dioceses in England and Wales. Sources as well as dates and other details are provided for key events such as ordinations, appointments and resignations. Not all relevant data has yet been harvested, but more than 155,000 clergymen already appear (some may be multiple records that relate to a single individual).
A special section of the introduction provides information for genealogists.
The site can be searched in a variety of ways, including for individuals or by parish.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission <www.cwgc.org>
Register of 1.7 million members of Commonwealth forces who died in both World Wars.
England's Immigrants 1330-1550 <www.englandsimmigrants.com>
This fully-searchable database contains references to over 64,000 names of people known to have migrated to England during the period. Details are drawn mainly from alien subsidy returns and letters of denization. Useful not only to those fortunate enough to have traced ancestors back to the period but also if you are curious about the possible origins of unusual surnames.
FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org>
The largest family history organisation in the world, with records of 3 billion names. Online access includes scanned and indexed images of records, as well as extracted details. A substantial proportion of the material relates to the British Isles.
A section of the site called “FamilyTree” provides opportunities to organise and preserve your research. Users are encouraged to find and merge records about the same person and to work with others to fill in missing information and correct errors. There is a strong emphasis on providing sources for the data that you submit.
Free UK Genealogy <www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk/>
Free UK Genealogy is a charity that works with volunteers to make transcriptions of family history records. It currently runs three online databases - FreeBMD, FreeReg, and FreeCen - which anyone can search free of charge. The site explains the projects in more detail and includes a blog.
FreeBMD <www.freebmd.org.uk>
Indexes the majority of births, marriages and deaths registered in England & Wales from July 1837 onwards and explains which periods are covered. Over 261 million distinct records are included - you can search them by using a variety of different filters.
FreeCEN <freecen.rootsweb.com>
Indexes over 32.8 million names from the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses of England, Wales and Scotland and explains the current extent of its coverage
FreeREG <freereg2.freereg.org.uk/>
Indexes more than 38.8 million baptisms, marriages and burials that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of England, Scotland and Wales. Detailed information is provided of the places and time spans covered and those being worked on. The site allows searches for a named person in all counties if a year range and an event type are specified.
Manorial Documents Register <www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr/>
Identifies the nature and location of manorial records, but is currently available online for Wales and some English counties. For other places, you will need to visit or write to the National Archives.
Medieval soldiers <www.medievalsoldier.org>
Over 250,000 records of named soldiers who served the English crown between 1369 and 1453, arranged in a searchable database. In addition, there are a number of research guides, articles and a list of other publications by members of the project team.
Old Bailey 1674-1913 <www.oldbaileyonline.org>
Fully searchable edition of texts relating to 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
Overland Trade Project <www.overlandtrade.org>
Data from Southampton's records of tolls levied on carts leaving the town between 1430 and 1540 can be searched by place, surname and commodity. Thousands of named traders and carters are included, many with recorded links to places distant from Southampton itself.
Search for Theatrical Ancestors (STAR) <www.ellenterryarchive.hull.ac.uk/star>
This is a searchable database for ancestors who worked in the theatre.

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