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More Free Websites

British Civil Wars <bcw-project.org/>
This fully-searchable site covers notable people and events during the Civil Wars and other highlights of the history of the British Isles from 1638 to 1660.
GENUKI <www.genuki.org.uk>
A virtual reference library of genealogical information relating to the England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Google Earth <www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/>
This free site can help locate places of interest across the world. “Street view” can often help in identifying specific houses and discovering whether one mentioned in a census schedule is still standing. By using the option to calculate the shortest walking distance between two places, you can usually find how far a person travelling between them on either foot or horseback would have had to go in past centuries.
Handwriting <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/>
Online tutorial by The National Archives to help people who want to read and transcribe the various scripts used between 1500 and 1800. Copies of original documents with different levels of difficulty provide opportunities to practice your new skills.
Images of England <www.imagesofengland.org.uk/>
Over 300,000 images of England's built heritage.
Latin for beginners <www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/latin/beginners/>
Online tutorial for those wishing to read documents written in Latin 1086-1733. Includes guidance on the differences between the language in that period and Classical Latin.
Lost Cousins <www.lostcousins.com/>
The Lost Cousins newsletter is usually published fortnightly. It provides a variety of articles, news items and links of use to family historians.
Lunatic Asylums & Mental Hospitals <studymore.org.uk/4_13_ta.htm>
History and other details of such institutions in England and Wales. The contents are based on a survey carried out in 1844 and also later sources sometimes extending into the 21st century. It can be searched by the name of the institution or by the region in which it operated.
Podcasts <www.history.ac.uk/podcasts>
Over 800 podcasts hosted by the Institute for Historical Research. The topics covered can be filtered by period, geographical area, history type or event. In many cases abstracts and other material accompanying the talks can also be found.
Research Wiki <familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page>
Over 86,000 family history research articles. You can search for topics such as particular places, types of sources and research methods. Users are encouraged to share their knowledge with others by writing fresh articles and augmenting ones that are already online. The site is well-stocked with maps, videos and illustrations.
Rightmove <www.rightmove.co.uk/>

This site lists houses and flats for sale in the British Isles plus details of many that have been sold in recent years. It does not charge its visitors for access to the information.

The sales particulars (which may still be available for "sold" properties) usually include a number of pictures and internal layout plans. They can be very useful for discovering more about the homes where your family members once lived. But bear in mind that sometimes house numbers have been changed over the years.

RootsChat <www.rootschat.com/>
This forum focuses on the British Isles and has attracted over 243,000 members and over 5.5 million posts. As well as submitting questions and adding answers or comments to those put by other people, you can search all previous posts and responses by entering a word or phrase and filtering by criteria such as counties.
Wikipedia <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>
Encyclopaedia with over 5.4 million articles published in English. Anyone can consult or edit Wikipedia, provided they observe the rules that apply to changes and producing new articles. The references for statements on the site are mainly secondary sources rather than original documents. Wikipedia is not perfect, complete or the last word on any subject. However, its range of coverage is enormous and if you spot an error it is not difficult to correct. Articles are acceptable only if the subject meets Wikipedia’s standards of notability <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notability_in_the_English_Wikipedia>. If you write an article about a person who meets these standards your contribution may well soar to near the top of global search engine lists for their name.
Workhouses in Britain <www.workhouses.org.uk>
Extensive and well-illustrated information about workhouses throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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