We found these sites useful

UK and Ireland Genealogy - GENUKI - got us off to a good start.

Census information - all you need to know about UK censuses from British

Registration Districts - a page within GENUKI, but I think it is worth bookmarking it separately.

The National Archive

British History Online

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service

Custom Search IGI Page easy to use and invaluable

Rootsweb - part of but free and loads of people willing to share their research  - large searchable data collection, requires subscription

Ancestry collection - Court, Government & Criminal Records

Ancestry collection - Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ancestry collection - Military Records

Find My Past - Extensive collection of useful databases; requires subscription or pay as you go credits

The Genealogist  lots of indexes and databases, requires subscription

Genealogy Links

Geography of family names - from


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Genealogy guide - part of the guides network, useful for beginners

The Origins Network - for British and Irish genealogy. Needs subscription; some overlap with but some different databases and alternative search engines. Good for researching ancestors from London area

The Bradbury Site - contains popular message board run by a Bradbury expert.

Wishful Thinking's GENUKI pages - Memorial inscriptions and photos from parishes around the UK

Staffordshire Past Track  - cultural identity and social history of Staffordshire

Victoria County History Staffordshireand Victoria County History of the counties of England

Medieval English Genealogy 

A Vision of Britain through Time  land use and social trends in Britain

Home Advice Guide - How to gather family information