Are you British? 


The UK National Archives  has over a 1000 years of history stored.  Many ancestryrecords are already available online and more are added as the digitisation process continues.  Browse available online records maintained by the archives. The site also explains the process for obtaining copies of records.



The Family Search Collection - Manchester Archives and Local Studies 1603 - 1910 covers records from the Diocese of Manchester held by the Manchester Archives and Local Studies.

The parishes are mainly from the historic county of Lancashire with a few parishes from Cheshire and Yorkshire.  

Parish registers contain valuable ancestry records ofbirth, christening, burial, marriage and other mixed church records.

Irish Emigration database

This database was compiled directly from the original Ship’s Passenger Manifests and includes Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh immigrants arriving at the main US ports.  SEARCH 

Domesday Book  

Domesday Book is a detailed survey of the land held by William the Conqueror and his people, the earliest surviving public record, and a hugely important historical resource.   Search

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa - Founded in 1994, the Society's mandate is to encourage family history research and its dissemination through a multitude of activities outlined on their website. 

British Genealogy is  a free site dedicated to helping people discover their British roots and build their family tree.

It was created to encourage and help descendants of a British Home Child to explore their past and build their family tree.  Did you know that approximately 12% of Canadians (approx 4 million!!) are descendantsof a British Home Child ?  Between 1869 and 1939, orphaned, abandoned or pauper children were sent to Canada to work as domestics and farm labourers.

Searchable (free) database at Library and Archives Canada  (LAC) for Home Children name, ship name, year, sex and age of the child as well as details of the child's story including sail point.

The National Children’s Home – Canadian Branch


One of the founding members of the National Children’s Homes in England, Dr. Thomas Bowman Stephenson was a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was so impressed by other British philanthropists emigrating destitute children to work in Canada that he was inspired to open a home there.  Read more...