Links to sites with more information on the Bomford and related families
Rick Smith in Tasmania, Australia, maintains a site with information on members of the Bomford family and many others.
The Worcestershire Bomfords manufacture Bomford agricultural machinery.
Access to Archives (A2A) allows you to search a database of catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. If you think someone might have deposited some records somewhere in England, this is a place to start looking. It includes, for example, catalogues of historical materials from Bomford and Evershed.
http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/ is 'the UKís largest family tree, genealogy and ancestry site - with over 31 million people listed. Itís easy to use, free to search and free to register', though there is an annual fee for full functionality. A related site is http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/ . Either site might be useful if you want to contact living people named on www.bomford.net.
The International Genealogical Index (IGI), made available on the internet by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a major resource for genealogy research. It is free to use but not free from errors, and often it is difficult to track down the original sources. It can be good for clues to the possible existence of records to get you looking in other places.
www.freebmd.org.uk/ gives you access to indexes of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. Transcription of the indexes is not complete, so beware of incomplete returns. As at June 2005, indexing was up to 1911. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (UK census data) and FreeREG (UK parish registers). You can help!
Irish census returns can be found at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/. http://www.dublinheritage.ie/index.php has many Dublin records, including electoral lists. Irish parish records are at http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/. And index to the Irish Registry of Deeds is being compiled: the Registry holds records of many marriage settlements and land dealings with clues to people and their lands. Many Irish records were destroyed in the uprisings of 1922. See also sources for Peter Bamford's history of the Irish Bomfords.
www.ancestry.com and www.ancestry.co.uk have a fair amount of information on Bomfords, including birth, death, marriage, military and census records. It is a commercial service: you can get free access to the indexes and a 2 week free trial, but after that you pay for full functionality including access to original documents such as census records.
To read GEDCOM (.ged) files you'll need either some family tree making software (most of which can read the format) or a GEDCOM viewer. For the latter do a Google (or similar) search for 'read gedcom files' and you'll find a selection of free software to choose from.
Other possibly useful sites include:
- A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Family Tree Online
- Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy (USA focus)
- Top 100 Genealogy Sites
- Resources for Military Families
- How to Travel to Find Your Roots
- Genealogy and the Law
- Military Indexes