Preece Family History

         & One Name Study
The website dedicated to the research of Preece individuals and families worldwide

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Please note that I have no connection with any of the sites or companies mentioned here, other than membership of some of the societies.

Those listed here are those which I have personally found useful in the past, and indeed continue to use, or are informative in their own right.

If you wish to suggest any other sites please let me know


General Links
Society of Genealogists

Federation of Family History Societies

The Guild of One Name Studies

Herefordshire Family History Society

Other Family History Societies
List including all societies, not restricted to members of FFHS above.

Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

GENUKI - huge site with masses of links for whichever county you are interested in.

Rootsweb - Another huge site with links to thousands of message boards, from county lists to lists for specific names. There is plenty of other information on this site as well!

Cyndislist - A site built to provide links to other genealogy sites, there are literally thousands of sites linked through here, you are certain to find something of interest.

Genfair - On-line bookshop for all things genealogical - A site dedicated to workhouses, where many of our families found themselves through a variety of circumstances.

Parish Chest - A UK "Genealogical Fair", selling all types of items such as books, census records, parish transcriptions and so on
Forest of Dean Family History - Website covering the area around the Forest of Dean in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. Lots of information and many records available, growing all the time.

Preece Related Websites

It seems that very few Preece researchers have their own sites - if you have a page or site you would like me to link to, do let me know!

Websites holding searchable databases

It is important to remember that, wherever these sites are used and copies of documents cannot be viewed on-line, then these original records should be consulted if at all possible in order to confirm the information shown. Indexes and/or transcriptions are not always fault free, however hard we try!

The first three sites offer various census returns, GRO indexes, transcriptions etc on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses, they are listed here in no order other than alphabetical. There are other sites offering similar resources.

The Genealogist

The remaining sites shown below are free to access unless stated.

National Archives (UK) - Here you can search the holdings of hundreds of Record Offices for documents. There are also quite a number of on-line resources through the NA, particularly if you are looking for items related to World War One. Viewing of the items will require payment, but most often the index entry is sufficient for you to identify what you need without unnecessary expenditure.

American Family Immigration History Centre (Ellis Island) - Details of many of those who travelled to the US between 1890 and 1920

British Home Children - Site for some - not all - of the children who travelled across to Canada under the Government sponsored scheme.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Site dedicated to the soldiers who died during war.

FamilySearch - This site is run by the LDS - holds millions of baptism and marriage records as transcribed by the LDS, 1880 US census index, 1881 UK census index and many more records added by LDS Church members.

Forces War Records - As the name suggests, this site covers the records of thise in both World Wars. Basic results available free, but payment/subscription required for detailed information.

FREEBMD - Ongoing site placing transcripts of the GRO Birth, Marriage and Death indexes on-line. There are many millions of records already available, and you can help with the transcription yourself.

FREECEN - Similar site to that above, but in this case is concerned with placing census transcripts on-line. Many are already available, but this is a long-term project and so will grow over the years as more volunteers are found to help (hint!).

FREEREG - Once again, a site in the same vein as FREEBMD, this time concerned with placing transcripts of parish registers on-line. Many are already available, but this is a long-term project and so again will grow over the years as more volunteers are found to help (further hint!).

Historical Trade Directories - This site has placed digital copies of Trade Directories on-line. Many hundreds are available covering all counties and periods. An excellent resource where original pages can be viewed, although text searching can be slow.

Historical Public Houses (London and the South East counties) - As the name suggests, this site deals with Public Houses in the London and greater South east area, both still present and long gone. There are many thousands of entries, and the site continues to grow.

UKBMD - A site acting as a "portal" to various local authority sites holding Birth, Marriage and Death indexes.
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