What's the history of my surname? really is an excellent website. I have a monthly subscription (currently £9.95) and I have used the site for searching all the census returns from 1841 to 1901. Well worth a look.

I have imported my family tree to Ancestry using the GEDCOM file available from this website so that others may cross reference it during their research. Hopefully I might extend the family tree with new relations. For your peace of mind, no living relations are visible to others who reference the family tree through Ancestry. 

Company Overview, the UK's leading family history site, offering members access to 860 million searchable UK family history records. Launched in 2001,'s extensive collection enables members to explore their family history using censuses, the fully indexed birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records. Members can also explore names in other family trees and upload photographs of their own, and in doing so connect to millions of other members making their own discoveries. is part of a global network of Ancestry sites, which includes in the U.S., in Canada, in Australia, in Germany, in Italy, in France, in Sweden and in China. faces and figures

  • A member of the Ancestry global network of family history websites
  • 860 million searchable UK family history records
  • The most comprehensive online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1901, the fully indexed England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death records from 1837 to 2005, the British phone books from 1880 to 1984, UK Incoming Passenger Lists from 1878 to 1960, the London Historical records, 1500s to 1900s, and other records dating back before the 1300s
  • The world's largest collection of family trees with more than 1.4 billion names from over 100 countries in 13 million member trees
  • 80 per cent of Brits consider knowing their family history to be important

The Ancestry international network*:

  • 4 billion family history records
  • 13 million member trees
  • 1.4 billion names uploaded to those trees by Ancestry users
  • 700 employees worldwide
  • 30 million photographs and stories uploaded

* Most recent company figures publicly available as at 18 February 2010

Sources: YouGov and Company data 

Wirksworth Parish Records