Online Resources for Family and Local History Research

Below is a list of online resources that you may find useful if you are carrying out Family or Local History research. If you think that there are other useful resources that we could add to this list, please eMail us at, the UK’s favourite family history website, offering members access to 1 billion searchable UK family history records. Launched in 2002,’s extensive collection enables members to explore their family history using censuses, the fully indexed birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records.

Available at Harbury Village Library
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & HeraldryThe Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity formed in 1974.Our membership has grown to over 180 societies throughout the world, including national and local societies as well as one-name groups.
British LibraryThe British Library website contains comprehensive information about the Library, the scope of its collections, and how to use its services. There is also a range of catalogues and digital content, including:

- 10,000 British Library web pages
- 13 million records from Explore the British Library
- 90,000 pictures in the Online Gallery
- 50,000 recordings on our Sounds site
- 9 million articles from 20,000 top journals
British Newspaper ArchiveThe British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years.

Available at Harbury Village Library
Commonwealth War Graves CommissionThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten.  We care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries.

The aim of the Commission's Archive is to collect, manage and preserve a variety of original materials which document the history of the organisation, and, where possible, to make such records accessible to the public.
Coventry Family History SocietyThe Society was formed in 1994 to fulfill a growing need and to promote and encourage the study of family history, genealogy and local history in relation to the City of Coventry and its environs.  It is flourishing by providing help and support to a growing number of people researching their Coventry ancestors, or ancestors of those who moved to Coventry from various parts of the country.  As the family history movement generally expands it becomes easier to carry out research from a distance but the most information is obtainable from local sources.  To support people, who do not live local to Coventry, the Society now offers postal search facilities.
Find My PastFindmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.
Forces War Records and Military GenealogyForces War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.

The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.
Great War ForumThe Long, Long Trail is a personal website, born in 1996 and developed as a hobby ever since. Every word of it is written by Chris Baker but with much help along the way from some key sources and information provided by others.

My original intent was to build a comprehensive online order of battle for the British Army in the First World War. It still is: but along the way, mainly because people asked, sections have been added on how to research a soldier; the battles and battlefields of the war; and much more.

Along the way it spawned and then spun off the incredibly successful Great War Forum, which has brought thousands of family and military historians together from across the globe.
Harbury Heritage RoomThe Harbury Heritage Group was set up to find a home for the hundreds of old photos and documents relating to the history of Harbury which had been gathered over many years by the staff of Harbury Primary School.  The material is used in the classroom when there are opportunities to investigate local topics.
Imperial War MuseumsIWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'. We are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester.

IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the historic ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames. The information on this website tells you about the permanent displays, the archives, special exhibitions, forthcoming events, education programmes, corporate hospitality and shopping facilities.
Internet ArchiveInternet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.
National ArchivesThe National Archives is the UK government's official archive, "containing 1000 years of history from Domesday Book to the present", with records from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites.
National Library of ScotlandThe National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register.
National Records of ScotlandNational Records of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for civil registration, the census in Scotland, demography and statistics, family history and the national archives and historical records.
National Library of WalesThe National Library of Wales (Welsh: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru), Aberystwyth, is the national legal deposit library of Wales. It is the biggest library in Wales, holding over 6.5 million books and periodicals, and the largest collections of archives, portraits, maps and photographic images in Wales. The Library is also home to the national collection of Welsh manuscripts, the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and the most comprehensive collection of paintings and topographical prints in Wales.
Project GutenbergProject Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. All ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers.  
Warwickshire Family History SocietyWe were established in 1986 and our aim is to help people everywhere conduct research into their Warwickshire ancestors. We cover the entire county and are the only Family History Society devoted solely to the whole of Warwickshire.
Warwickshire Historical & Current Maps
Warwickshire Local History SocietyThe Society exists to promote the advancement of public education in local history in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire Railways
This site is created for the railway enthusiast, local historian and railway modeller by fellow enthusiasts.

It is dedicated to the research, study and recording of the history of Warwickshire's railways from 1837 to circa 1970 and to publish and disseminate all such information through this website.
Windows on Warwickshire“Windows on Warwickshire” aims to promote access to historic collections representing the very best of Warwickshire’s heritage, culture and personalities.

The project web site contains over 10,000 fascinating items – many made available in digital format for the first time. A wide range of resources are represented – including old photographs, rare documents, maps, historic buildings, art, letters, fossils, literature, everyday memorabilia and much much more.