Family history and heritage

Free quality family history and heritage websites selected by our information professionals.


Family history resources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

​Memorial website to 1.7 million members of the armed forces, who were killed during both world wars.

Deceased online

​Central database for UK burials and cremations with free search facility. 

Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to subscription resources on this website.


​Search and explore historical record collections and more in United Kingdom and Ireland, England.

Free BMD - Rootsweb

​Free access to birth, marriage and death records from 1837 onwards.

Free Reg

​Volunteer project which aims to provide free internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK. Currently contains over 37 million records.

General register office

​Link to order birth, death or marriage certificates online.


​Gateway to UK genealogy websites in the UK and Ireland.

Irish Genealogy

​Contains digitised copies of civil records (births, marriages and deaths) held by the Republic of Ireland's General Register Office, and a limited number of church records.

Northamptonshire Family History Society

​Aims to advance the study of genealogy and family history with special emphasis on Northamptonshire.

Scotland's people

​The official website for Scottish genealogy resources.

Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to subscription resources on this website.


​Free collaborative website with the mission of creating a worldwide family tree.

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Northamptonshire heritage resources - towns and villages

A History of Great Addington

​History of Great Addington and the people that shaped it through the landscape and history of England.

Brixworth (Brixworth History Society)

​The society's website contains online resources and information on their archives relating to the history of the village.

Burton Latimer - a sense of place

​Online archives compiled by Burton Latimer Heritage Society relating to the history of the town, its people and their stories.

Chester Farm heritage park

​The site of a Roman walled town, Chester Farm Heritage Park is a £12.7m project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Northamptonshire County Council.

​History of the village of Cottingham.

Hearts and Soles (Rushden)

​Collection of online archives compiled by the Rushden Research Group relating to the history of the town. Also includes Higham Ferrers and surrounding villages. 

Irthlingborough (Irthlingborough Historical Society)

​Online resources and information about publications produced by the society relating to the history of the town.

Our Corby

​History, memories, photographs and comments about Corby.

Towcester (Towcester and District Local History Society)

​Online resources relating to the history of the town.

Wellingborough Heritage Trail

​Includes information on the Wellingborough Heritage Trail Improvement Scheme and also a downloadable trail pack.

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Northamptonshire heritage resources - countywide

East Midlands history and heritage

​Information about the East Midlands, for local history societies, schools and colleges, heritage practitioners and history professionals.

Northamptonshire boot and shoe

​History of and information about Northamptonshire's boot and shoe industry.

Northamptonshire Central Library: local and family history resources

​Information about Northamptonshire Central Library's extensive collection of materials on the county's history housed in the library's Discover Centre.

Northamptonshire record office

​Over 800 years of Northamptonshire's archival heritage reflecting all aspects of the county's rich history.

Northamptonshire's local history societies

​Contact details and links to family history societies in the county.

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National heritage resources

American air museum in Britain

​Records the stories of men and women of the US Army Air Force who served their country from the United Kingdom during World War II. Also records the memories of British people who befriended them.

Art UK

​An online resource for every public art collection in the United Kingdom featuring over 200,000 oil paintings.

British history online

​Digital library of some of the core primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

The website contains free and subscription  sources - Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to the subscription resources.

British Library: online gallery

​Discover the riches of the British Library: locate thousands of old maps; view virtual books; enjoy online exhibitions.

Building and enriching shared heritages project

​Project by the School of History at Leicester University, which aims to empower local community groups through enhancing their research skills and to develop networks between and amongst local history and community heritage groups and university researchers.

Cambridge University digital library

​Project to make available online the University's collections relating to faith and science.

Discovery (formerly access to archives)

​Find records from the National Archives and over 2,500 archives across the United Kingdom.

Francis Frith Collection

​Discover old photographs of locations throughout the United Kingdom.


​An archive recording Parliamentary debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Historical directories

​Digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. Part of Leicester University's Special Collections Online.


​Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history.

National archives

​The official archive and publisher for the UK Government, England and Wales. The collection contains over 11 million historical government and public records.

National Heritage List for England - listed buildings and sites

The only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England - listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields.

Oxford University: Digital. Bodleian

​Selection of collections available online through the Bodleian Library.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1913

​A searchable database of 197,745 criminal trials.

Royal Mail: letters of our lives

​Campaign to encourage people to hunt out the forgotten letters that unveil social and political history.

The Gazette: official public record

​First published in 1665, The Gazette publishes state notices and notices that are considered to be in the public interest including: state notices, public notices, insolvency notices, personal legal, company notices and profiles.

UK web archive

​The UK Web Archive started in 2004 and contains thousands of websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK.


​VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service) has a portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared. VADS contains a selection of digitised images from the The Sir Henry Dryden collection which is located in Northamptonshire Central Library. The physical collection includes Dryden's drawings, plans, and notes.

Victoria County History

​The Victoria County History was started in 1899 and is an encyclopaedic record of England's counties. A number of volumes can be read online for free.

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World War I centenary resources

​Project led by the Imperial War Museum to highlight global centenary events and resources.

A Street Near You

​A project to commemorate, by street address, the deaths of men and women who died while serving in World War 1.

BBC: World War One

​Discover the history of the First World War and updates from the BBC on the World War One Centenary season.

British Library: World War One

​Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One.

First World War poetry digital archive

​University of Oxford's online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

Great War archive

​University of Oxford's Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home.

Lives of the First World War

​Project by the Imperial War Museum to build a permanent digital memorial to the lives of the First World War.

National archives: First World War

​Explore collections held by National Archives.

​Resource relating to navy history during World War I. Archived by British Library, US Library of Congress, Bavarian State Library.

Roll of Honour: Northamptonshire

​Northamptonshire section of website dedicated to men and women killed fighting for their country.

Sassoon journals

​This digitised collection from the Cambridge University Digital Library makes available online for the first time 23 of Sassoon's journals.

Western Front Association

​Aims to further interest in the Great War 1914 - 1918.

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