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England and English Counties 

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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.   

Nomenclature used in England for counties

Map of counties

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

 SEARCH:  Do look at and also search in etc - 
google is also a quick way to find genuki record as for example - bedford genuki

Counties in which I have an interest - I am not trying to give a 100% coverage






Essex Essex FHS

Essex Archives

Seax - Essex Ancestors


Hampshire or Hants

Hampshire Archives and Local Sudies, Hampshire Record Office, Winchester

From the county itself
"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

Hampshire Genealogy

A site with a lot of Hampshire resource - Knightroots



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


Northants Family History Society - genealogy in Northamptonshire.

Useful Northamptonshire Links on Rootschat

Northamptonshire Northants indexes look ups parish registers

the Record Office - Northamptonshire County Council


Oxfordshire Links Page


Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk Project -



Somerset Online Parish Clerks (Genealogy)

Some excellent forums on Yahoo for parish registers etc. Free to join 

thesomertonhundred : THE SOMERTON HUNDRED

bathforumhundred : BATH FORUM HUNDRED

Index of Parish Registers for Somerset and other places

 Sussex Weald