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Useful local and family history sites

This page gives links to useful personal history websites.

It is not intended to be comprehensive: we have picked out what we believe to be the best personal history sites and listed them here. Several of the sites listed here have very comprehensive lists of links to personal history websites, so it is not necessary to repeat them here.

An excellent source for both family and local historians is The People's Network Enquire service, which connects you to public library staff in England, who will help answer questions for you.

Family history sites

Local history sites


The Helpers system is developed as part of the Accessing our Archival and Manuscript Heritage project, at Senate House Library, University of London, funded by the Laser Foundation and the EARL Consortium. Please see the project website for further details.