Free Genealogy Sites for Researching Your Ancestors in Enganld, Scotland, Wales or Ireland

Free Genealogy Sites for Researching Ancestors in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Researching ancestors from England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland? Here’s a list of free genealogy sites for the UK and Ireland where you can find everything from census returns and military service records to birth, marriage and death indexes.

We have included only sites that offer mostly or completely free records in our list, but you should also read our Guide to UK and Irish Research for many more resources and help with your research.

Once you’ve checked out these resources read our list of 50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today.

Free UK and Irish Genealogy Sites for Finding Your Ancestors

Free UK Genealogy

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MyHeritage is offering 2 free weeks of access to their extensive collection of 18 billion historical records, as well as their matching technology that instantly connects you with new information about your ancestors. Sign up using the link below to find out what you can uncover about your family.

This effort includes three separate UK-focused projects powered by volunteers who transcribe important genealogical records and place them online in searchable databases. Search these three UK genealogy projects via the links below.

FreeBMD: Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales

FreeCen: 19th century census records for the UK

FreeReg: baptism, marriage, and burial records from parish and non-conformist registers of the UK


“GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.” You’ll find access to a great selection of resources and records on this easy to navigate site.

UK National Archives

The National Archives of the United Kingdom has a wide variety of free research databases online, including military records and asylum records. They have done a beautiful job of providing access to just about every type of family history information you might be looking for–whether it be in the form of a searchable database or an easy to read guide.

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National Archives of Ireland

The National Archives of Ireland have done a really good job of making their online databases simple to find and use. They offer census records, soldier’s wills and more in their genealogy section. This is the place to start if you are looking for an Irish member of your family tree.


This site has thousands of links to genealogy research sites for the UK. They list both paid and free resources, but it seems that most we have used have been free. Many of the sites are geographically focused, or center on one surname–but others are much more extensive. You’ll have to dig around on UK BMD to find what you need.

Don’t forget that many of the sites we have included in our free ancestry search article (such as FamilySearch), as well as our best genealogy research sites infographic, are also very helpful when researching your ancestors from the UK and Ireland.

You might also like:

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Researching Your Ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland

The 10 Collections You Need to Know for Irish Genealogy Research

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59 thoughts on “Free Genealogy Sites for Researching Ancestors in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland”

  1. hi Jack , There are a few more siblings WILLIAM , JAMES ROBERT AND STEPHEN , my first message got deleted as i put a link to another site

  2. HI Ashley all seems easy to research .
    Name: Reginald P Fraser
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Birth Date: 20 Jun 1899
    Residence Date: 1939
    Address: Ter-Na-Noa
    Residence Place: Maldon and Coombe, Surrey, England
    Occupation: Research Scientist Fuel & Coak?? of Gas
    Line Number: 40
    Schedule Number: 10
    Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Enumeration District: CMUS
    Borough: Maldon and Coombe
    Registration district: 30-1
    Inferred Spouse:
    Emma E A Fraser

  3. I am trying to find out some detailed information on my GREAT Uncle Reginald Percy Fraser. He was an amazing scientist, he had over 200 registered and or pending patents in 1966 of March when he suddenly passed. He was a received the OBE from King George for his work on the Churchill Flame thrower and possibly other war time inventions. It was said he worked closely with Churchill and Roosevelt, however, in the very few front headline newspapers I was able to get the articles on his death was very sparse just saying secret scientist died and gave a little background on him. Please, if anyone has any information on him I would love to hear from you.

  4. Jack Ronald Hillock

    Looking for information about the Hillock family in Scotland, So far I have, Andrew Hillock, b abt 1675 in Coaltown of Wemyss, Fife, Scotland. Married to Margaret Sydes b abt 1697 a son
    Andrew Hillock jr. b abt 1719.
    Any information about this family would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Hello Bev
    Did you trace your great Grandfather? My maiden surname also Rodgers. Just starting my research. Understood that my great
    Grandfather married a widow who he met on the ship. Could we maintain
    Contact please?
    Kind regards
    Judith Louw nee Rodgers

  6. Hi Annlee, I am Robyn the great great gran daughter of Francis Deveigne, my mother is still alive 88 years old and the daughter of Francis son Eric Deveigne.
    They lived in Mudgee for many years, oddly enough I visited Mudgee on the weekend with my daughter and I have been searching things and found this by some stroke of luck. You post is 2015 so hopefully my message shall reach you. Correct they used the name as Deveigne. My Mum did some research and in fact calls her self Bevington as part of her surname.

  7. Julia Eunice Eversdyk

    I do not see Gleason or Carberry mentioned anywhere here. Michael Gleason born in Tipperary County, Ireland about 1829. Arrived 1851 in New York…later he was in Iowa. Mary Ann Carberry born 1821 Cullen?, Tipperary died 1891 in Iowa. Anybody have these lines?

  8. I’m looking for information regarding John Barwick who emigrated from England to America in 1664. According to the book written by Dr. Peter Barwick, he was bequeathed 200 pounds by Dr. John Barwick, Dean of St. Paul’s, London, upon the dean’s death in 1664, the same year young John came to America. Was young John actually the son of the dean’s brother William, about whom I have found little information other than date of birth? I’m extremely interested to learn more about young John’s lineage as he was the patriarch of my family’s branch of Barwicks in the U.S. According to, he was probably an indentured servant, which seems unlikely considering that he had inherited 200 pounds from the dean at the approximate time of his emigration and soon thereafter started acquiring considerable properties in America. Neither of young John’s parents names are provided in the information from the U.S. version of Thank you for any enlightenment on this family’s history.

  9. I am looking for Denham family info., researching for family history book. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

  10. looking for the chasser family in Scotland.
    Christoper chasser and andrew chasser in aberdeenshir Scotland other family came to USA from Aberdeen Scotland. alfred chasser hellen chasser and other family.

  11. Attempting to acquire information on a Sir Robert Craven born1632 in Stepney Middlesex England. He was son of Sir Thomas Craven of Appletreewick near Skipton. Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated. I plan to visit England in August of 2020 to obtain all the information on this family as far as I can go. Thank you for your help.

  12. Looking for the Chatom Family. Only relative I know that came from England is Willard Herbert Chatom (Chattom). Only thing I know is a birthdate and I am not even sure if it is correct. The birth year is 1824. Anyone have any info on the Chatom family they would be a life saver!!

  13. Hi my name isJane as I hope you can help me out with this issue as I am looking for Thomas Jones Barker and Jones Andrew Barker how is my mum Dad and Peggy Irene Barker how is my mum as she died When I was 21 years old and now I am 49 years old and my mum Peggy Irene Barker has to Sisters how are Daffne Irene Barker and Dorothy Irene Barker as known as Corris and mum had a Brother who is Darren Andrew Barker how family do live in America and I have been trying to find them for years now because I am the grandchild as my name isJane Waller as I am married to Roger Waller as my name was Jane Irene parish as I have been married for 17 years naw as i do live in the UK in 6 Trident Drive Houghton Regis Dunstable BEDS Lu5 5 QF and my number is 07876029693 or 01582 511790 if you want to get in touch with me at all please do from Jane Waller

  14. Have you tried the Canadian Library Archives? I think you can just search for “Canadian Library Archives” on Google and it gives you the site & you go from there. There are Canadian census info online & you might be able to find your ancestors & it might say where they were born.

  15. Hello,
    I am trying to locate information on my mothers line from St John’s Newfoundland Canada .
    My ancestor was Benjamin F. McLarty born ca 1798 , I believe in Scotland or England but his family moved to Canada where the rest of his siblings were born .Benjamin came to the United States in 1824 , I have located his passenger ship list from 9-9-1824, but it does not state where he was born , I know that he married Mary Hughes ca 1827 in New york ,but I can not locate marriage record . Mary was born ca 1805 in Ireland.
    They had 2 sons William and John McLarty both born in Brooklyn New York.
    Benjamin’s Father was Adam Charles McLarty born ca 1766 possibly in Scotland. He was married to Anne on 9-17-1792.possibly in Scotland .
    Adam died on 7-15-1824 St Johns NF Canada. He was Angelican ( Church of England ) and a blacksmith by trade .
    Adam and his wife Anne are buried in Canada.
    I would like to find out the marriage ,death and burial place of Benjamin McLarty and any other information on him after he arrived in the United States . I would also like to locate the original birth place for his parents Adam and Anne McLarty in Scotland ??
    If anyone can help me with this information ,please contact me , I am willing to pay for copies and a small fee . thank you

  16. Hello,
    I am trying to locate information on my father’s mother’s parents. Her name was Margaret Stark , she was born on 2-20-1890 in New York . Her father was Charles Joseph Stark born ca 1857 New York ? His parents were born in Germany . Her mother was Margaret Broughton born in Ireland ca,1864. They had 3 children Harry also called Ergot, Margaret and Joseph ,
    I have tried to locate them in New York records but can not find any information on their death records or burial location , I also need to locate Margaret Broughton’s passenger list and immigration records . I would appreciate any help I can get , Thank you.

  17. Hi
    I am trying to locate information on my fathers line Rice/ Reis from Frankfurt Hessen Germany . I have located William Burkhart Rice who came to America ca, 1845 . He was 15 yrs old .He was born 1830 in Hessen or Baden Germany ? I can not locate his passenger list or passport . His father was Thomas Jon Reis born ca, 1805. Mother possibly Margaret?
    I would love information on his parents in Germany and his immigration to the United States .

  18. Looking for info on Jeremie(sic) Gehan born 1800 and wife Ann Harris. Daughter Catherine believed to have been born in 1819 in County Wexford. Family believed to emigrated to Canada circa 1835

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