Family History Websites

family history websites
What are good websites for looking up family history or discovering family trees?

My Mum said she’d always liked to know where our family’s from and where it all begins, so I’d like to find a website where I can find out about it. Please help me, I don’t mind registering for websites but I don’t want to pay any fees or charges.

Hope you can help, thank you!!!
I live in England

I use Ancestry.co.uk which is free to register but you do have to pay to view the files if you find what you are looking for. They do have a free index for the 1881 English and Welsh cenuses though. I pay monthly which I think is between £8 and £10 and you can cancel it at any time you like and you can view any files on there. Better value than their pay per view vouchers as if you open the wrong file they take a credit off you. Pay per view is £6.95 for 14 days and 12 credits.

On Ancestry they have a forum and if you ask nicely somebody might do a free look up for you…

Apart from that I also look for Online Parish Clerk websites for example there is one for Cornwall where volunteers transcribe parish registers and census returns and you can look at them for free. Other counties are doing this as well and you can do a search on the web for them.

Sorry can’t be of more help but I never had much luck of finding free records and I don’t live near a record office so I just plumped for Ancestry as it was easier plus you can build your tree online and it automatically searches for records that might fit your tree once you start filling your info in as well as showing you other people’s trees that have the same people in them.

Good luck!

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