The British Isles includes England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Just because your ancestor lived in one of the countries doesn't mean he can't be found in the records of more than one of them. It is, and was, easy to move between countries.
This guide describes some of the most important records for British Isles genealogical research, but it also includes some relatively unknown examples to show the vast variety of available records. Many records are available on microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The microfilm/fiche numbers are the numbers used in the Family History Library Catalog. Many other records can be ordered online or are digitized and indexed online.
The following pages are not intended to describe all records for British Isles research, but they will get you off to a great start.. All comments, suggestions, or corrections should be addressed to Linda Jonas.
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