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My English Forebears
My English hail primarily from Lancashire, Cumberland and Devon. At least that's what the research shows so far. By tying into a tree at Ancestral File on FamilySearch.org, the Cumberland lines (Bacon, Hodgson, Fletcher, Cragg, Goulding) go back the furthest.
I have plenty of brickwalls, for the challenge of researching from the USA is real.
I have also seen success with help from English friends and relatives and by researching at the Family History Centre in London and the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale. Take a look at my tree for the start of my English ancestry. This link goes to details on my Uncle Jim. We corresponded for many years and saw each other too infrequently. Some of the family history he provided put me on the right trails.
Recommended Web Sites
FreeBMD is a work in progress that is fairly far along. It is an on-line version of the 1837 to the present England and Wales birth, marriage and death record indices. To go into how to use it is a bit beyond the scope of my website. Let me just say that productive research can be done by a non-UK resident with relative ease (bad pun, sorry) using the the data found at FreeBMD, a top-notch resource.
The General Register Office for England and Wales offers on-line ordering services for birth, marriage and death certificates. The Frequently Asked Questions section includes an overview of how the Indices (the subject of the FreeBMD website) work.
When the 1901 England and Wales census came online it was one of the busiest sites on the web, so busy in fact that it taken down for a few months to be redesigned and rebuilt. Today it is merely an exceptional website. Note that there are fees for viewing detail records.
Recommended Genealogy Books
Here are four on English family history that I use. These are all excellent books.
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