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GENUKI is a genealogy web portal, run as a charitable trust. Its aim is "to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland". It provides access to a large collection of information, with the emphasis on primary sources, or means to access them, rather than on existing genealogical research.

The name derives from "Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland, although its coverage is wider, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.


The website has a well defined structure at four levels.

  • The first level is information that is common to all "the United Kingdom and Ireland";[1]
  • The next level has information for each of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;
  • The third level has information on each county of the British Isles and each island of the Channel Islands;
  • The fourth level has information on each town or parish.

The structure is shown diagrammatically in the "Contents and Site Map".[2]

Subject headings

At each level, some of the subject headings from the list prepared by the Family History Library run by the American Mormons are used. The full list is:

  • Almanacs
  • Archives and Libraries
  • Bibliography
  • Biography
  • Business and Commerce Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Censuses
  • Chronology
  • Church Directories
  • Church History
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration
  • Colonization
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Court Records
  • Description and Travel
  • Directories
  • Dwellings
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Encyclopedias
  • Ethnology
  • Folklore
  • Gazetteers
  • Genealogy
  • Guardianship
  • Handwriting
  • Heraldry
  • Historical Geography
  • History
  • Inventories
  • Jewish History
  • Jewish Records
  • Land and Property
  • Languages
  • Law and Legislation
  • Manors
  • Maps
  • Medical Records
  • Merchant Marine
  • Migration, Internal
  • Military History
  • Military Records
  • Minorities
  • Names, Geographical
  • Names, Personal
  • Naturalisation and Citizenship
  • Newspapers
  • Nobility
  • Obituaries
  • Occupations
  • Officials and Employees
  • Orphans and Orphanages
  • Pensions
  • Periodicals
  • Politics and Government
  • Poorhouses, Poor Law etc.
  • Population
  • Postal and Shipping Guides
  • Probate Records
  • Public Records
  • Religion and Religious Life
  • Schools
  • Social Life and Customs
  • Societies
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Town Records
  • Visitations, Heraldic
  • Voting Registers
  • Yearbooks


In some instances GENUKI pages include actual information, but more often they provide links to sources of information, either as online links or by providing information about hard copy publications or repositories. For many locations, a description is quoted from an old (and therefore out-of-copyright) gazetteer. As GENUKI is maintained solely by volunteers, the level of detail varies in different parts of the site. Material on the GENUKI website is copyright, and also protected by British database right, and it must only be used for personal research and not copied onto other websites.[3]

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