Family History Starter Links

Cyndi's List

Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!

A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. 

A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.

A "card catalogue" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet. 

Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.

The Federation of Family History Societies in the UK

The FFHS was founded in 1974 and is a very useful site if you are considering becoming a member of a Family History Society either local to you or another county, national and even one overseas. It offers you a very comprehensive search option to find a link to any of the societies you may be interested in.  


The aim of GENUKI is to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland. It is a non commercial service, provided by an ever-growing group of volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies and a number of its member societies. In the main, the information that is provided in GENUKI relates to primary historical material, rather than material resulting from genealogists' ongoing research, such as GEDCOM files.

How to get started - from GENUKI

Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History. This is a link to use if you are new and want to get started. It takes you to the page on which lists an array of starting topics to help you understand how and where to begin.

Family History For All

Learn all about tracing your family tree. You'll find lots to help you with your quest. If you're an absolute beginner, then rest assured, you will learn many shortcuts to save you years of research. 

BBC History Trials Starting your Family Tree

A great online introduction to start your family tree. Nick Barratt of "Who Do You Think You Are" fame presents an in depth, step-by-step online guide to beginning to research your UK ancestry. This BBC History Trials site is excellent and is packed with useful information and links if you are new to genealogy research.

Scottish Genealogy

If you are curious about your family's history and want to know where your Scot's Roots originate gengenie may be able to help you to find out about your past.