We found these sites useful

UK and Ireland Genealogy - GENUKI - got us off to a good start.

Census information - all you need to know about UK censuses from the National Archives

Registration Districts - a page within GENUKI, but I think it is worth bookmarking it separately.

The National Archive

British History Online

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and also here from CPHC

Staffordshire County Council Heritage and Archives

Custom Search IGI Page easy to use and invaluable

Rootsweb - part of Ancestry.com but free and loads of people willing to share their research

Ancestry.co.uk  - large searchable data collection, requires subscription

Ancestry collection - Court, Government & Criminal Records

Ancestry collection - Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ancestry collection - Military Records

Find My Past - Extensive collection of useful databases; requires subscription or pay as you go credits

The Genealogist  lots of indexes and databases, requires subscription

Genealogy Links

Geography of family names - from Spacial-Literacy.org

General help and guidance from British Genealogy


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Genealogy guide - part of the guides network, useful for beginners

The Origins Network - for British and Irish genealogy. Needs subscription; some overlap with ancestry.co.uk but some different databases and alternative search engines. Good for researching ancestors from London area

The Bradbury Site - contains popular message board run by a Bradbury expert.

Wishful Thinking's GENUKI pages - Memorial inscriptions and photos from parishes around the UK

Staffordshire Past Track  - cultural identity and social history of Staffordshire

Victoria County History Staffordshireand Victoria County History of the counties of England

Medieval English Genealogy 

A Vision of Britain through Time  land use and social trends in Britain

Home Advice Guide - How to gather family information