England and English Counties
Dear USA friends be sensitive to naming conventions in UK - there may be Middlesex County in USA but the area near London is the County of Middlesex - or just say "Middlesex" - and it is Oxfordshire not Oxford County also sometimes just called Oxford although there is a City of Oxford and an abbreviation is Oxon - check Maps etc before you leap.
Some names are used in USA and UK. There is a "IOW Co" in Virginia and an "IOW" is an island off south coast of England.
Map of counties http://www.abcounties.co.uk/counties/map.htm
Genealogy and Counties -
I would suggest joining a Rootsweb list for the county or area in which you have an interest -
This page has a list http://www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/MailingLists.html
Counties in which I have an interest - I am not trying to give a 100% coverage
- GENUKI St Columb Major Baptisms
- census transcribed at http://freecen.rootsweb.com/
- DORSET PARISH TRANSCRIPTIONS
- Dorset, England GenWeb Project
- Links Dorset Photographs RootsChat.com - British and Irish Genealogy UK Family History Forum
- Family History Zone Register Your Name
Hampshire or Hants -
From the county itself http://www.hants.gov.uk/localpages/names.html
"Hampshire" is often abbreviated in written form to "Hants" and which sometimes gives rise to puzzlement. The abbreviated form is derived from the Old English Hantum plus Scir (meaning a district governed from the settlement now known as Southampton) and the Anglo-Saxons called it Hamtunschire. At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) this was compressed to Hantescire.
SOUTHERN LIFE(UK) - Hampshire Dorset West Sussex
This has WILLS - I think its 5 GBP each
This is search by name
I find it very unstable - seems to be programmed for MS IE rather than Firefox.
But even then it seems to log you off quite quickly and you need restart
Some excellent forums on Yahoo for parish registers etc. Free to join