Links to useful websites

The following websites may be of interest:

Meldreth

Meldreth Community Archive
This is part of the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network and was created by Meldreth Local History Group following our formation in 2007. We no longer add to the archive, but it includes some images that are not on this website.

Meldreth Local History Group Facebook page
Run by Meldreth Local History Group, our Facebook page has almost 500 followers.  We post an item related to Meldreth’s history every Thursday and the page is searchable.

Meldreth Matters
Meldreth Matters is the village’s monthly magazine.  First published in 1988, issues from January 2015 onwards are available online.

Meldreth Parish Council
General information on the village, its facilities and on the Parish Council itself.

Bedfordshire Regiment (Meldreth War Memorial)
This website, created by a Meldreth resident, includes comprehensive information on the Meldreth War Memorial.

Roll of Honour website (Meldreth)
Includes information on the men whose names are listed on the war memorial.

The Victoria County History for Meldreth
Invaluable source of information on the history of the village.

Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire History

Cambridge Antiquarian Society (CAS)
The CAS was founded in 1840 to provide access for local people to the local history, architecture and archaeology of Cambridgeshire (which now includes the old County of Huntingdon and the new Unitary Authority of Peterborough).

Every year they publish The Conduit, a listing of the activities and organisations in Cambridgeshire connected with and concerned about the archaeology, architecture, archives, family and local history and museums of the county.

Cambridge Digital Library
A home for the discovery of digitised material and research outputs from the University of Cambridge and beyond

Cambridgeshire Archives
Cambridgeshire Archives holds archives and other information sources relating to the former administrative areas of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely.  There is an online catalogue, “Calm”, which contains some of the holdings.

Cambridgeshire Association for Local History
Local history news, events and resources.

The Cambridgeshire Collection
The Cambridgeshire Collection, based at Central Library, Cambridge, contains a comprehensive range of material relating to the former historic County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely.  Many of its holdings are listed on the “Calm” online catalogue.

Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN)
A network of 48 digital archives and over 15,000 records from places across Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Family History Society
Contains information and resources of interest to those with Cambridgeshire ancestors.

Harston History Website
The nearby village of Harston, launched its website in November 2015.

Melbourn Village Website
This website for Meldreth’s neighbour also includes a history section.

Mike Petty’s Internet Archive
Mike Petty is a well known local historian who was instrumental in setting up the Cambridgeshire Collection. He has kindly uploaded some of his articles from the last fifty years to the internet archive. Of particular interest is the downloadable ‘Cambridgeshire Scrapbook 1897-1989’ which runs to some 4,000 pages.

Orwell History Website
Our neighbours in Orwell launched their excellent website in January 2013.

Royston Museum
Located in Royston town centre, the museum houses an interesting collection including archaeological finds, costumes and textiles, art and other items of local interest.  In addition to the display there is an extensive photographic, newspaper, and document archive (made available for research purposes by appointment).

Shepreth Parish Council Website
Information on the neighbouring village of Shepreth.

Whaddon Village Website
This website has a history section as well as information on the present day neighbouring village of Whaddon.

General Websites

British Association for Local History (BALH)
BALH’s purpose is to encourage and assist the study of Local History as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups.

British History Online (BHO)
BHO is a not-for-profit digital library and was founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust in 2003. It brings together material for British history from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics. These primary and secondary sources, which range from medieval to twentieth century, are easily searchable and browsable on the site.

Family Search
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organisation and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is closely connected with the church’s Family History Department. It holds millions of worldwide records.

FreeBMD
This site includes a transcription of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales and provides free access to the transcribed records. Certificates may be ordered (for a fee) on the GRO site (see below) and some certificates are also available on the subscription sites, Ancestry and FindMyPast.

GENUKI
GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

General Register Office (GRO)
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership and death registrations for England and Wales. Its site allows you to search our historical birth and death indexes and order copies of registrations in a variety of formats including certificates, PDFs and Multilingual Standard Forms.

Marriage Records
Includes hints and tips for finding marriages and links to a number of different websites that hold marriage details, plus lots of general information and advice for family historians.

The National Archives
Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download. The site also includes research advice and free guides, plus lots of useful links. You will usually need to pay for documents you download, but the prices are reasonable.

Oral History Society
The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories of the past.

Maps/Aerial Photography

LiDAR maps – high resolution maps, showing earthworks and other features

Useful Tools

If searching for ancestors on the internet, try this website, which will construct a Google search for you and produces excellent results.

Cambridge Alumni may be looked up using this free website.

Downloads

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