Here’s a list of websites you might find useful in your research. You can browse them at your leisure or on our research-only computers at York Explore.

Genealogical websites
History, Archives, Architecture and Geography
Newspapers, directories, books and journals
Military and Police records
Foreign and Commonwealth
York and Yorkshire
Film Archives


Genealogical websites

1901 Census of England and Wales Online
Ancestry Library edition
City of York and District Family History Society
DNA Ancestry tests review article
Family (IGI)
Federation of Family History Societies
Find a grave
Find My Past
Free BMD (Births, Marriages and Deaths)
The Genealogist
General Register Office
History at Home: A guide to Genealogy
Irish ancestry
Irish genealogy
Jewish genealogy
One Name Studies
Parish Registers – free
Poll Books
Scotland’s People
Society of Genealogists
Surname distribution (GB)
Surname origins
UK BMD (Births, Marriages and Deaths)
UK Census online project
Useful genealogical websites – Cyndi’s List

History, Archives, Architecture and Geography

Archives Hub research portal
British History Online
Grace’s guide to British Industrial History
Images of England
Maritime History Archive
National Archives (UK)
Ordnance Survey maps
Vision of Britain
Workhouses website

Newspapers, directories, books and journals

Australian Newspaper Archive (Trove)
British Newspaper Archive
European Newspaper Archive
The Gazette
Historical Directories
Historic American Newspapers (Chronicling America)
Internet Archive

Internet Library of Early Journals
Jstor (Books, journals and other sources)
Open Library

Military and Police records

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
First World War Service records – guide

Military Memorials (UK)
Old Bailey Online
Police records – guide

Police research – guide
Royal Dragoon Guards
Yorkshire Regiment WW1 Remembrance

Foreign and Commonwealth

Convicts to Australia
Ellis Island – Free Port of New York Passenger Lists

National Archives of Ireland
New York City and the History of Ellis Island

York and Yorkshire

Diocese of York – Church Court papers
Borthwick Institute
City of York Council
East Riding Archives, Family & Local History
History of York
Hull History Centre
Imagine York
Leeds and Bradford Tithe Maps
National Railway Museum Library

North Yorkshire Archives
Sheffield Archives
West Yorkshire Archives
York Archaeological Trust

York Castle Prison records
York Cemetery
York Family History Assizes index
York Local View (maps)
York Mansion House History
York Minster Library
York Register Office (CYC)
York Timeline Plus
York 1852 OS map
Yorkshire Air Museum

Film Archives

British Film Institute’s Britain on Film
British Pathe
Yorkshire Film Archive