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Here is a selection of some online resources that will help you to trace your family history.
Remember, your local library will have many books on family history. Visit your local branch or search Dudley Libraries’ online catalogue.

  • Getting Started
    A free BBC website that will show you the basics you'll need to know to start researching your family history.

  • Research your family history using the GRO
    The website also includes a guide from Gov.UK about ordering certificates and documents from the General Register Office to help trace your family history.

  • Ancestry
    One of the biggest subscription sites, with the world’s largest online library of family history information. Dudley Libraries has a subscription so you can gain free access in any of our libraries. Simply login with your library card and PIN. The bottom of this page has a downloadable training pack that helps you get started in using the site.

  • Dudley Archives and Local History Service
    Webpages for Dudley’s Archives which collects material relating to the present Dudley Metropolitan Borough area from the 12th Century until the present day. Also contains a ‘how to’ guide for beginning research into your family history.

  • Black Country History
    The Black Country History website allows users to search for information about the documents, photographs and artefacts held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.

  • Lost Cousins: A family history website able to match you with others researching the same ancestors.

  • Free UK Genealogy: Free UK Genealogy is a charity that works with volunteers to make transcriptions of family history records. They run Free BMB England and Wales index of Births Marriages and Deaths, Free Cen 19th Century Censuses, and Free Reg historic Parish Registers.

  • The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry
    Website for the principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.  This includes the modern metropolitan boroughs of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

  • West Midlands Births, Marriages and Deaths
    The website allows you to search for West Midlands births, marriages and deaths from 1837.

  • UK BMD: Indexes of Birth, Marriage and Death certificates available to view online.

  • Society of Genealogists                                                                               Web page of  Britain’s premier family history society. Includes the Free Family   History Access area where beginners can get a taste of some of the online sources that will help them start their research.

  • Genuki
    GENUKI provides an enormous amount of free information relating to local and family history research throughout the UK and Ireland.

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Website that allows you to search for burial locations of people killed in the two world wars.

  • Family Search:The largest site to offer free access to records from old Censuses, Birth registers etc

  • The National Archives
    The National Archives holds over 11 million items that make up some of the most important archival collections in our nation's heritage. It is also home to the A2A database which allows you to search and browse for information about collections of records (archives) in England and Wales, dating from the eighth century to the present day.

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