England, the largest country of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, is bordered on the west by Wales, on the north by Scotland, on the east by the North sea, and on the south by the English Channel. Its' capital city, London, is the seat of national government, and historically the capital city of the British Empire. England is currently sub-divided into 48 geographic counties, most of which have their origins from ancient times. Due to changes in the geographic counties those listed below are not necessarily the ones in current use. If you would like further information about the make-up of England then we suggest you read the articles on Wikipedia.

English Counties

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

We also have a list of the Registration Districts in England and Wales, by county.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have completely transcribed Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, seventh edition, published in 1848. This gives descriptions of the parishes, hamlets, villages etc. and is an important edition as it also contains the recently introduced Poor Law unions.

We have many trade directories available online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection. Over 12 million pages from 350+ titles are already online, covering the 18th-20th centuries.