Many people have ties to England, part of the United Kingdom, especially since America was a British colony before 1776. Yet, many will have ancestors who came to America all during the 1800s and into the 1900s. There may well be family branches still living in England, that would be fun to locate.
A good starting point in research relating to databases for England is the free FamilySearch.org on England. Here there are some 63 different databases to draw from. Some include: the official census records from 1841 to 1911; the databases for births-marriages and deaths cover from 1834 and through the 20th century; various records for individual counties in England, Wills, probate and military records.
You will need some information besides a surname. The county the ancestor lived in is important or at least a couple and then try the search checking both counties. Have a time frame also, say 1825-1840 that might be a birth year.
Some records with FamilySearch.org will have a scanned image of the actual document and others solely the transcribed information. You can print the information or save it to your computer.
You will find that not every record listed is available, some not scanned or not transcribed, but it does give you a listing of available databases (certain church records or civil documents) and the microfilm that can be ordered from Family History Center to view the information that way.
Photos: Arlington Row, Bibury in the Cotswolds; 1661-1662 handwritten Will of C. Sharper part of the Diocese of Durham Original Wills; Home in Rye, East Sussex, England; 1930 London streets with police on patrol.
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