Updated 3 Feb 2019

Local Interest Sites

Website Summary

Audley Community News website.

Newsletters from 2003-2017 with many articles and photos of interest to family historians.

A well presented site with images and a brief history of Audley. This is the site for the Audley cricket club.

This site is extremely informative and covers the British ancestors and relatives of JJ Heath-Caldwell. The site also covers the history and photos of Linley Hall, Talke.


The site is supported by Engelsea Brook Museum and contains photos and information about Primitive Methodism in this country and overseas. Anyone can contribute to the site.

A fascinating insight into Diglake Colliery and the men who worked there. Some of the information has been taken from archives and census returns, both on and off the internet, but the majority of the information has been kindly supplied by individuals.

Life in the oldLeycett village.

Burgess and Taylor families from elsewhere but includes Hilditch and Statham families from Audley

North Staffs Coal Mining History

Leycett village history.

Apedale Heritage Centre

Parish of Audley Medieval Society

St James's Church, Audley

Victoria County History of Staffordshire - Vol. Xl (includes Audley and surrounding parishes) St. Bertoline's Church, Barthomley Halmerend Methodist Church  The Devils of Audley, Barthomley and Betley by Charles E S Fairey, September 2016  


North Staffordshire/South Cheshire Sites

Website Summary

A very informative site about the Betley Local History Society with many interesting links.

An individual look at Betley history with relevant research sources, including early records from 975 to 1793, Parish Registers 1538 to 1812, Index to Betley Will 1518 to 1857, etc. Site by Patrick Corness.

Staffordshire Parish Registers Society. Transcibes and publishes Staffordshire parish registers.

History, pictures and people of the six towns. Interesting and informative

The Register Office of Staffordshire. For births, marriages and deaths from 1837

Family History Society of Cheshire. Founded in 1969 and has 17 groups within Cheshire. Contains a section on Cheshire Wills

History of the Workhouse including all of the local N.Staffs and S. Cheshire unions

The local history of the Potteries.

Cheshire births marriages and deaths indexes.

The site contains digitised tithe maps of Cheshire and complete listings from the tithe apportionments. Sections of maps can be printed and apportionments downloaded. If you have ancestors who lived in Cheshire around 1840, and you know which parish they lived in, then this site will show you exactly where they lived.

Staffordshire Past-Track. Old photographs of Staffordshire.

North Staffordshire Coalfield - mining history

Newcastle Museum

Hanley Museum

Staffordshire History - lists Staffordshire local history societies

Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society

North Staffordshire Railway Study Group Amberley Publishing.:Newcastle Through Time The History Press: Unseen Newcastle-under-Lyme  Smallthorne village history and memories


National Sites

Website Summary

The National Archives. Catalogues describing archives held throughout England.

Pay site. Has births, marriages and deaths for 1837 to 2003. Also WW1 and WW2 and overseas BMD’s.

Provides links to 324 web sites that offer on-line transcripts of births, marriages, deaths and censuses

Pay site.17 million names indexed. The only place on the web where you can search all census records for England and Wales spanning 1851 to 1901.

A guide to starting genealogy by Claire Mitchell

1861 t0 1901 census records for Scotland

Local History Society that covers Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Pay site. Has a complete range of records from 1837 onwards.

Pay site. Trace your English and Welsh ancestors on the 1901 census. Transferred to Find My Past

For those hoping to confirm their royal blood!

British History Online. Lots of historical information, including old OS maps and the Victoria County History

"Genealogy - The Complete Resource Guide" . Excellent guide to genealogy resources.

National Library of Scotland - Map Images

 Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 160000 maps of Scotland, England, Wales and beyond. Excellent for old Ordnace Survey maps at various scales. All free., The best site for maps

Society of Genealogists

A recent research project based at University College London (UCL) has investigated the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic. The website allows users to search these databases and to trace the geography and history of their family names. A very good surname profiler.

The National Monuments Record  (NMR) based in Swindon and maintained by English Heritage is one of the largest  accessible archives in the UK and the biggest dedicated to the historic environment. Amongst other things you can request aerial photos of any area providing you know the grid references at the extremes of the area. Can be especially good for local history.

A reference type web site aimed principally at guiding newcomers to genealogy. Also gives them the guidance on where to seek information on their English and Welsh ancestors in a systematic structured way


International Sites

Website Summary

This is a single name site and can be confusing to use particularly if dealing with a common name. It is mainly an American site.

Mormon Church Database. IGI - Parish Registers, and much more.

The premier site for geneological information. Has 95,500 links to genealogical sources.

A large collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records. Advice on how to start looking into your family history, etc.

Mining History Network. Worldwide with a UK section

Genealogical advice and surname finder. American

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy


World War Websites

Summary Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.  A Guide to WW1 Battlefields and History of the First World War 

A comprehensive online order of battle for the British Army in the First World War, how to research a soldier, the battles and battlefields of the war, and much more.  Numerous records of soldiers who served in the World Wars and other wars. Full access requires a subscription.


Record & Pedigree Book (for completition with your own family) £3.50

Available from Maureen Wood, 103 Crewe Rd, Alsager, ST7 2JE (Tel: 01270 875 203)