Horses and Carriage

Discover Your Familys Story

Start researching your family history today and begin a lifetime of  discovery.

Five easy ways to find your  Ancestors

Our MasterSearch can help you quickly find the infor­mation you’re looking for by narrowing down your search to a part­icular type of data, and further filtering the results to only include certain record sets, years or spellings.



Search for a specific address by county and street name, e.g. Park Avenue

house icon



Search for a person using keywords such as their occupation, e.g. farmer

house icon



Search for a family by forename and surname, e.g. John, Emma and Mark Smith

house icon



Pinpoint your Ancestors’ records using georeferenced historic maps

house icon


Related Records

SmartSearch finds related records for you, e.g. children from a marriage record

house icon
wood grain background image
family group husband, wife and 3 girls family group on fake boat

Start building your
family tree today

TreeView is our powerful family tree builder. Whether you're an experienced family historian or just starting out, you'll find TreeView easy to use and an essential tool in your research. Record your family's history and view details of your ancestors in a number of different and attractive ways. Create beautiful charts and detailed reports to present your family tree.

old map

Genealogy’s Best
Mapping Website

Our exclusive Map Explorer adds a rich functionality to our ever-growing collection of map-based records. This great tool uses georeferenced historic maps that overlay several modern background maps including Ordnance Survey, Open Street Map or Bing road and satellite views.

The tools panel allows you to search for Modern and Historic Places, County and Parish Boundary Indicators, and offers the ability to manipulate the map layers, making it easier to pin-point the information you require.

Map Layers

The maps are divided into three types of layer that can be viewed on top of each other like sheets of paper. You can then change the transparency of a layer to view the layers below, allowing you to see how the area changed over time.

The Base Layer

This is the modern layer, which can be used to select a modern OS Map, Open Street Map or a Bing Satellite Image.

The Historic Layer

The historic layer can be used to select a range of Ordnance Survey maps from the 1890s to the 1960s.

The Record Set Layer

This layer provides access to the map-based record sets such as the 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey, or our georeferenced Tithe Maps. The map markers link directly to records for the individual prop­erties beneath, so you can see who was living there when the record was taken.

Try The Genealogist free for 14 days to discover what the Map Explorer has to offer and gain
access to millions of records
with our unique brick wall busting tools.

Other Subscription Benefits

Unique, Powerful Search Tools

Find exactly what you’re looking for by refining your search with event filters and keywords.

Records from 1127–2005

Our vast collection spans more than 870 years of record transcripts and images.

Award-winning BMD record and Census transcripts

Researchers were given membership to five genealogy websites for eight weeks. 3/5 rated us as their number 1.

Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Records

We’re the official site for Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Records with over 8 Million records available.

Census transcripts and Images 1841 to 1911

Access to all transcripts and images from 1841–1911 for England and Wales and 1841–1901 for Scotland.

Military Records – WW1, WW2, Casualty Lists, PoWs, and more

Ancestors who served in the forces may be hard to find. We have many military lists ranging from 1661–1944.

Extensive Collection of Parish Records

Search parish register transcripts and images from 43 counties, which can take your family back as far as 1538.

Extensive Collection of Trade and TelepPhone Directories

A collection of over 400 Directories provides insights into the lives of ancestors who had their own businesses.

Get started today

We offer a range of subscription packages to suit your needs

User Feedback and Comments

I just can not express how I feel right now. You have given me something so, so special and brought 15 years of shear frust­ration to an end. I was about to give up on my hobby, thinking I could get no more information and believing the family was not trace­able. How can I ever say thanks for this I can only pro­mise you I will continue to renew my sub­scription for a long time yet. I never ever thought you would offer me so much help. B. Connor – Cheshire

I find the genealogist a very helpful site. I have found many ancestors there that are obvi­ously mis-transcribed by other sites and whom I have not been able to find any­where else. Thank you and please keep up the good work! J. Hedges – New Zealand

Thank you!!! At last I have found my only two outstand­ing great-great grand­parents and the highly elusive great grand­father who I couldn't trace before his marriage – I've been hunting for him for 20 years! L.B. – UK

News and Events

Latest News

Over Half a Million Irish Parish Records Released

15th September 2023

Another whole county's worth of Irish parish records now bolsters our record collections, with over 510,000 individuals from County Laois added to our easily searchable records.

County Laois, once known as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922, is a double landlocked county in the Eastern and Midland …

Continue Reading…

New Legal Ancestors' Records

25th August 2023

Finding that an ancestor belongs to a profession or occupation can be a great way in to researching a family tree. Many of them will be recorded in specially produced lists or directories, such as those lawyer lists that have been released online today.

For researchers with forebears that belonged to the legal …

Continue Reading…

Over 1,000 square miles of land tax records released

11th August 2023

New Major Release!

Today sees the launch of a superb new resource for family historians, providing a great way to discover what type of property our ancestors once occupied. We have just added records covering every head of household and property owner in Oxfordshire around the period 1910-1915, …

Continue Reading…

New Wartime British Jewish Newspapers

28th July 2023

We have just released a significant batch of The Jewish Chronicles from the First World War and The Jewish Echo (Scotland and Ireland?s only Jewish paper from the time) covering years during the build up to World War 2.

These newspapers offer the opportunity to traverse through time and witness the pivotal …

Continue Reading…

Next Event

Featured Article

online show

The Family History Show, Online!

Saturday 10th February 2024
10:00–16:00 (GMT)

Put your research questions to an expert, watch a talk, speak to a local society, archive or genealogical supplier.

  • Free talks available on demand for 72 hours.
  • Free Experts on hand to help with your queries.
  • Visit exhibitors, societies, archives and companies all in our virtual exhibition hall.

Special Offer! Buy tickets for £7.00 (£10.00 on the day)

Find Out More Purchase Tickets

Future Events

Unable to make the next show? We also have shows planned for the following locations:

Featured Article

Featured Article image

Searching for ancestors in the Laois parish records

15th September 2023

Laois takes its name from Loígis, a medieval kingdom once ruled by a tribe of this name. In its past it has also been known as County Leix and as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922. As the Irish diaspora has spread out across the globe, especially during the Great Famine of 1845–49 which devastated the county, many people will be able to trace their roots back to this part of Ireland.

Continue Reading…

Start Your Research

Begin using all the services The  Genealogist has to offer,
completely free for two weeks with our 14-day trial