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There are many websites that I visit during my genealogical day and not surprisingly many of them are pay-sites such as Ancestry or FindMyPast; however, the first website I nearly always visit when researching a parish or an area is Genuki. It is a mine of information, and I don’t know where I, or many of my fellow genealogists, would be without it.

As well as information on the whole of the United Kingdom & Ireland, it has a section for England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and within each of these are sections for each county, area, or island within the wider area.

Map of British Isles showing constituent countries

My first port of call is usually the England Page, as most of the research I do is in England (though I have a large Scottish presence in my own family tree), and from that page you can access each individual county.

You can see which links I use on a regular basis, as they’re a different colour than the others.

Each county page includes a section on information that is related to the whole of that county, e.g. Archives & Libraries, Cemeteries, Census, Churches, Civil Registration, Gazetteers, Nobility, Occupations, Probate Records, etc. All of these are extremely useful.

As well as general information on each county, there are many pages for individual parishes, in the case of Yorkshire, each ancient parish has a description similar to the one below for Langtoft in the East Riding:

The Ancient Parish of LANGTOFT

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
“LANGTOFT, a parish in the wapentake of Dickering and liberty of St. Peter’s; 6 miles N. of Driffield. The church (see Churches for photograph) is dedicated to St. Peter and the living, which is a vicarage, in the patronage of the Prebendary of Langtoft, is enjoyed by the Rev. Jones Thompson. Pop. 416,

Peter Langtoft, an eminent Chronicler, so called from this place, was a Canon regular, of the order of St. Austin, at Bridlington, and wrote a Chronicle of England in French verse, in the time of Edward I. or II. which was afterwards translated in the latter of those reigns, by Robert of Brunne, and edited by Hearns in 1725. He died in the beginning of the reign of Edward II.”

“COTTAM, in the parish of Langtoft, wapentake of Dickering, and liberty of St. Peter’s; 1¾ miles SW. of Langtoft, 5 miles NNW. of Driffield. Here is a Chapel of Ease (see Churches for photograph) to Langtoft. Pop. 16.”
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. © 2010]

Colin Hinson is one of the Trustees of the Charitable Trust that is Genuki.

Below that can be found information on the Churches within that parish, including photographs, the whereabouts and dates of the Registers for that parish, in Langtoft’s case they are deposited at the East Yorkshire Record Office; information contained within three directories, Baines’s Directory of 1823, Post Office Directory of 1857 and Bulmer’s Director of 1897; a map of where the parish appears in the East Riding and a link through to other maps, and information on which family history society covers this area.

In all the information above is extremely useful to any genealogist or family historian. Especially the directories, which often include a description of the parish, along with a list of the prominent members of that parish. Knowing with record office keeps the various parish records throughout Yorkshire is invaluable, in such a big county, with several record offices, it’s a great way to track down where records are kept.

There is a search engine which will search the whole of the Genuki website, so if you are looking for mentions of a particular place but are not sure which county it is in, then you can use the search engine and this will bring back entries for that place, e.g. is I search for Lantoft then I get back 143 responses, including the main entry mentioned above.

I could extol the virtues of Genuki for a long time, but really the only way to get to know its contents is to go use it, browse it’s pages and enjoy it. I do, each and every day!


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