This article identifies sources that may be of use to you for researching the history of your family.

Much useful information may have been deposited in local and national archives. Very little of this can be viewed online but the archives have very good catalogues that will at least tell you if there is something worth making a trip for.

The National Archives are mostly held in Kew, London but they also include in their catalogue material held in other archives. A good starting point is to look at their list of research guides: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/researchguidesindex.asp?j=1 To search the archives visit this page http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search/advanced_search.aspx?

Trade and other directories are useful places for finding the names of gentry/yeomenry and business people whi lived in a particular location. Local directories from the 19th and 20th century may be viewed in the East Yorkshire reference library. The University of Leicester has transcribed a number of directories for England and Wales from 1750 to 1919 and they can be viewed and searched online at http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/ 

The Genuki web site is a good source of transcribed material - directories and old descriptions of places are among the most useful. It is structured in such a way as to enable to move quickly to a particular place or parish while gathering information about the area in which it is located. This page explains its structure http://www.genuki.org.uk/contents/  http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/ tells you may be found on their own site and also identifies sources of specialist information. It also has a list of Family History societies at http://www.genuki.org.uk/Societies/

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