Research Sources

There are many research resources that may be accessed to research your family history. Listed below are some of the resources I access regularly. Other sources are available across the UK; please contact me to discuss further

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  • Cemetery headstone inscription details (plus photographs)
  • Chapel photographs
  • Tablets of the missing details (plus photographs)
  • Photographs
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
  • Cemetery headstone inscription details (plus photographs)
  • Chapel photographs
  • Tablets of the missing details (plus photographs)
  • Photographs
Cambridgeshire Archives, Shire Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • Access to Cambridge University Library
  • Baptism and burial (Indexes) Cambridgeshire 1801-1837
  • Biographical reference books
  • Bishops transcripts
  • Boyd’s index (marriages), Cambridgeshire 1538-1625, 1676-1837
  • Cambridgeshire Family History Society Indexes to Cambridgeshire baptisms, marriages and burial
  • Census returns for Cambridgeshire 1841-1911
  • Genealogical guides
  • GRO Indexes Birth, Marriage, Death 1837-1999
  • Hearth Tax 1662-74
  • Land Tax 1750-1948
  • Layng’s index of marriages in Huntingdonshire 1754-1837
  • Monumental Inscriptions transcripts (war memorials, churchyards and cemeteries)
  • Nonconformist chapels and churches; registers, church books, members rolls
  • Overseers’ records
  • Parish registers (including microfilm and transcripts)
  • Poll books (parliamentary elections for Cambridgeshire 1705-1868 and University)
  • Probate records (Courts of Consistory, Ely) plus other Eastern England
  • Quarter Sessions order / minute books for Cambridgeshire
  • Register of electors Cambridgeshire, Ely
  • Taxation records (poll tax, lay subsidies etc) 1347-1678
Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • America in Cambridge (Studio portrait photographs 1941-1946)
  • Census 1841-1911 (plus 1891 for London, Lancashire & Yorkshire)
  • City Histories
  • County Directories (1790s-1937)
  • County Histories (Victoria)
  • Domesday book
  • Electoral Registers and Poll Books 18th C onwards
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Maps 1574 onwards, including specialised maps (Geological and land use) and OS. Goad maps 1979 onwards
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Newspapers 1762 onwards (including Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette, Cambridge Independent Press, Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)
  • Non Conformist records (including Dr Williams library entries for Cambridgeshire)
  • Parish news journals
  • Parish registers and indexes
  • Pevsner’s ‘Buildings of England’ Series
  • Photographs (see America in Cambridge), Cambridge Antiquarian Society (1920s)
  • Playbills and Posters 18th & 19th C
  • Press cuttings 1970-2009
  • Street Directories (Cambridge 1866-1975)
  • Trade Directories
  • Village Plans, Histories and Magazines
Essex Archives, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • Apprenticeship indentures
  • Baptism and burial records 1538 onwards
  • Biographical reference books
  • Bishops transcripts 1779-1878
  • Boards of Health 1848-1894
  • Boyd’s index (marriages), Essex, 1538-1837
  • Business Records
  • Census returns 1841-1911 (plus some unofficial pre 1841 Census material for Essex)
  • Charities
  • Coroners Records (post WWII)
  • County Council and County (1889-) Court records (1846-)
  • Essex Militia 1775-1865
  • Essex Police (1840-)
  • Hearth Tax 1662-1673 and 1662-1675
  • Highway boards 1862-1894
  • Land Tax
  • Lieutenancy (Napoleonic Militia)
  • Marriage licences and indexes 1665-1851
  • Manoral records including Court Rolls and Court Books
  • Maps; Ordnance Survey, Town, City, Enclosure, Tithe,
  • Nonconformist chapels and churches; registers
  • Parish Councils (1894-)
  • Parish registers 1538 – present day
  • Petty Sessions
  • Poll books 1679-1763
  • Poor Law papers
  • Probate records 1400-1858
  • Quarter Sessions order books (not indexed)
  • Register of electors, 1832 onwards
  • School records
  • Settlement examinations and removal orders
  • Sheriff of Essex
  • Southend Infirmaries
  • Trade Directories
  • Wills and inventories
  • Workshouse records
Fenland Local Studies Collection, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • Census returns
  • Electoral Registers
  • Ely Cathedral collection
  • Fens local history sources (Isle of Ely, West Norfolk & South Lincolnshire)
  • Local Study books
  • Maps (OS), plus printed maps, geological and land use and Goad maps
  • Newspapers from 1836 onwards
  • Photographs and Prints (Including Lilian Ream collection; people and lifestyle)
  • Thomas Clarkson collection
  • Trade Directories
Huntingdonshire Archives, Huntingdon, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • Baptism and burial (Indexes) Cambridgeshire 1801-1837
  • Biographical reference books
  • Bishops transcripts 1604-1858
  • Boyd’s index (marriages), Cambridgeshire 1538-1837
  • Census returns 1841-1911, Ecclesiastical census 1851
  • County Councils (Huntingdonshire 1889-1965, Soke of Peterborough 1889-1965, Huntingdon & Peterborough 1965-1974)
  • Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, Parish records 1813-1971
  • Fire Insurance Policy Indexes (Royal Exchange 1775-1787 & Sun Fire Office 1776-1787)
  • Hearth Tax 1664 & 1674
  • Huntingdon County Prison 1870-1878
  • Huntingdonshire Borough Records
  • Land Tax 1767, 1798-1800, 1804-1832
  • Manoral records including Court Rolls
  • Maps; Ordnance Survey, Town, City, Enclosure, Tithe,
  • Monumental Inscriptions transcripts (war memorials, churchyards and cemeteries)
  • Nene Valley Railway ltd
  • Nonconformist chapels and churches; registers 1631-1991. Quaker meeting records
  • Norman Cross Prisoner of War camp records 1794-1814
  • Overseers’ records
  • Parish registers (including microfilm and transcripts) 1538-1837
  • Parish Council Records
  • Photographs, Aerial photographs
  • Police register of pedlars
  • Poll books
  • Poor Law papers
  • Quarter Sessions order books 1782-92, 1795-1808, 1816-23 & 1827-1965
  • Register of electors, 1832-1844, 1865, 1920, 1928-1939, 1946-present, including Soke of Peterborough 1932-1984
  • School records
  • Swineshead, Northamptonshire Parish records 1549-1983
  • Trade Directories 1784-1940
  • Wills and inventories (Peculiar Courts; Brampton, Buckden, Leighton Bromswold, Stow Longa) & Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1383-1800
  • Workhouse records (Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots: Eaton Socon)
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Peterborough Archives, Peterborough, United Kingdom
  • Access to Ancestry website
  • Baptism and burial (Indexes)
  • Bishops transcripts 1700-1800
  • Census returns 1841-1901, Peterborough, Stamford, Oundle, Whittlesey
  • Civil Registration Indexes (General Register Office Index of birth, marriage and death 1837-1925)
  • Electoral Registers (1852-1973) Peterborough City Council 1974-date
  • Huntingdonshire Marriage Index (1601-1837)
  • Lincolnshire Marriage Index (1700-1837)
  • Maps, historic and plans
  • Monumental Inscriptions Soke of Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Huntingdonshire border parishes
  • National Burial Index (also available via Findmypast.co.uk)
  • Newspapers dated to 19th C
  • Northamptonshire Marriage Indexes (16th C – 1812)
  • Parish registers (all Soke of Peterborough parishes) 16th – 19th C (Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Northampton border parishes)
  • Photographs of historic Peterborough
  • Register of electors, 1832-1844, 1865, 1920, 1928-1939, 1946-present, including Soke of Peterborough 1932-1984
  • Wills and inventories (National Probate Index 1858-1943, Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1701-1800)
  • Wills and probate (Archdeaconry of Northampton 1510 – 1652, 1711-1800, Archdeaconry of Huntingdon 1479-1652, Diocese of Lincoln 1280-1547, 1320-1600, 1660-1700, Lincoln Consistory Court index of wills 1700-1900, Vice-Chancellor’s Court, Cambridge 1501-1857, Consistory Court of Ely 1449-1858)

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