Internet Resources for Family History Research

There is a vast amount of information on the internet, so this is just a “starter for 10” on the sites most useful to family history research. We have broken the list down into categories, so that it is easier to navigate.

Even if you think that none of your ancestors are famous, it is worth looking in our national archives as these contain plenty of records of ordinary people and places.

The British Library

The National Archives.

This is a list of County Archives near to Worcestershire because over the years boundaries have changed. All these archives are open to the public but the opening hours vary markedly, so please check on the website for the archive you wish to visit that they will be open when you get there.

Gloucestershire Archives

Herefordshire Archives

Powys Archives

Shropshire Archives

Warwickshire Record Office

Worcestershire Archives

As well as societies specialising in family history, there are a number of other local groups which may be worth investigating.

Worcestershire Local History Forum

Forest of Dean Local History Society

The Badsey Society

The Guarlford History Group

Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle

Kidderminster Family History Facebook Group

Welland History Group

The Birtsmorton, Castlemorton and Hollybush Archive

Our members, Angus and Rosemary McCollough, also have a website where they have collated memories of Malvern.

For Barnards Green, some of the history is also on the Wedderburn Road website.

These sites normally require you to take out a subscription of some form. They may have different levels which control what you can access.


FHSonline – Worcestershire records are free to members of MFHS



The Genealogist

If you do find anything that you think we ought to include in the list, please get in touch.

You can also look in the Standbrook local guide to see if there are any other societies you would like to attend.

Researching Your Family’s Military History

Many people want to know about the part that their ancestors played in the military. To assist this we have provided link to some websites that may be of use. The websites are a mixture of those where you can find records, others that have information on military history and some of the military museums around the country. 

Army, Navy and RFC/RAF service records are mainly held at the National Archives. RFC/RAF information are also available from the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon.

If you are looking for graves then try the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

There are often articles in newspapers, so you can try the online collections of these available from the British Library. You can also read these collections with a subscription to FindMyPast.

Other useful website include:

The Imperial War Museum have a project ongoing to collect stories and information from families about their involvement in the First World War. You can look at this site at the IWM here.

Museum of Military Medicine  is based at Aldershot in Hampshire.

The National Army Museum in Chelsea, London has lots of events on.

The Tank Museum is based at Bovington in Dorset.

Travelling abroad there is the Bastogne Warm Museum in the Ardennes dedicated to the Second World War.