Extract from the 1841 Census Enumerator's Book covering the village of Ossington.
Information regarding more specialised documents can be found online at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/. This Access to Archives website enables the researcher to consult catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. See also the British Library Online http://www.bl.uk/ and the National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ which enables you to see over 9 million documents that are available at the PRO at kew. Researchers can also pre order them so that they are available when they visit.
University of Nottingham Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/
General Register Office Index
These are held on microfiche at the NAO and NLSL also at the Mormon Family History Centres at West Bridgford and Mansfield. Free websites containing many of these entries can be found at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/
These can be obtained from local register offices, which for the Nottingham area are:
Amber Valley (formerly Belper)
Amber Valley Register Office
Tel: +44 (0)1773 841 380
Fax: +44 (0)1773 841 382
Tel +44 (0)115 927 1294
Fax +44 (0)115 977 1845
Erewash (formerly Ilkeston)
Erewash Register Office
87 Lord Haddon Road
Tel: +44 (0)115 932 1014
Fax: +44 (0)115 932 6450
100 Chesterfield Road South
Tel +44 (0)1623 476564
50 Shakespeare Street
Tel +44 (0)115 947 5665 ext 21/23
Fax +44 (0)115 941 5773
Tel +44 (0)115 981 5307
Certificates can also be ordered at The General Register Office Southport: http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/
Before you begin any type of family history research you are recommended to visit the Genuki website at http://www.genuki.org.uk/ this is a genealogical website that covers the British Isles and enables you to see what is available county by county and parish by parish.
Information regarding Nottingham Local Study Library on Angel Row can be found below
Nottinghamshire Archives Office
Census returns 1841 – 1901 can be found at the NAO, NLSL, UON and MFHC. Online sites are as follows
Photographic images of the 1901 Census. A pay per view service.
Ancestry is a subscription and pay per view site that has photographic images of the 1851 – 1901 Census returns for England and Wales. It also has a full BMD Index and Pallotts and Phillimores Marriage Indexes. www.ancestry.co.uk
www.familysearch.org Free1881 Census
1841 – 1901 Census transcriptions can be found at http://freecen.rootsweb.com/ however work is still in progress
Baptisms/Marriages/Burials can be found at the NAO NLSL UON and MFHC.
Online records can be found at
Parish Records and the 1881 Census for free.
Volunteer site offering transcriptions of Parish Registers
A Website for those with Scottish Ancestry, Births, Marriages, Deaths 1855 onwards. Parish Registers 1553-1854, Census Records 1861-1901, Wills and Testaments 1513-1901: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
Information regarding Catholic Records can be found at http://www.catholic-history.org.uk/
Nonconformist Records may be located at the NAO http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/Archives.htm
Trade Directories can be found at NAO, Local Study Libraries, Hallward Library University of Nottingham and online at http://www.historicaldirectories.org/
Wills/Letters of Administration http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp
School Records can all be located at the NAO http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/Archives.htm
Newspaper accounts/obituaries. Some past editions of ‘Mansfield in the News’ can be found online at http://web.ukonline.co.uk/lost-mansfield/mnews/index.htm For more national events try the British Library Newspaper archive http://www.uk.olivesoftware.com/ The NLSL holds many local newspaper archives.
Online links for Nottinghamshire Genealogy can be found online at http://www.genealogy-links.co.uk/html/notts.html
A list of Occupations and Trades can be found online at http://www.gendocs.demon.co.uk/trades.html
For military history researchers should try the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a searchable database for anyone who lost a military or civilian ancestor during WWI and WWII. Gives details of the battle that they died in, photographs and plans of their resting place and a certificate of commemoration. http://www.cwgc.org/
Imperial War Museum website: http://collections.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.00g005
The BBC’s Peoples War project records people’s memories of WWII. www.bbc.co.uk/ww2
http://www.military-genealogy.com/ is a subscription site that give details of how they died.
At the National Archives online you can view the World War I medal cards http://www.cwgc.org/