Immersing yourself in family history is made so much easier these days by the quantity and quality online facilities available. Here is a list of the ones that I go to constantly. They are free, easily navigable, and contain core information to sustain the hunt for another leaf on the family tree.

  • MANX iMUSEUM - digitised parish records, photographs and newspapers. Access to the newspapers attracts a fee but all other repositories are free
  • MANX GENEALOGY MESSAGE BOARD - an interactive site where researchers can seek information and advice on Manx family history matters
  • MANX NOTEBOOK (MNB)- an extraordinary compendium of Manx records, collected from multiple original sources, and transcribed by Frances Coakley
  • WILL SUMMARIES (in MNB) - brief overviews of thousands of Manx wills, organised by parish and time
  • INDEX of WILLS (in MNB) - list of testators on each microfilm in Manx National Archives
  • ALL THINGS MANX - will transcriptions, especially Lonan and Onchan, and much more developed by Jim Smith
  • IOM WILLS, CONTRACTS & OTHER DOCUMENTS - particularly useful for wills, transcriptions etc from 1600s. Also Crellin, Sayle genealogies. Managed by Ian Radcliffe
  • MANX MANORIAL ROLL - pre-1700 records, especially relating to land holdings, rents etc created by Robert Cannell
  • MANX ROOTS - Douglas property records and much more, created by Nigel Crowe
  • CREW LIST - mariners and ships in Manx waters, as well as shipping registers
  • FREE UK BMD - Birth, Marriage, Death records 1838+ (not IOM)
  • FREE UK CENSUS DATA - Census Records 1841-1901, including IOM
  • DUSTY DOCS - A clever facility that sorts data from a variety of sources, including LDS FamilySearch, according to geographic region
  • LANCASHIRE ONLINE PROJECT - transcribed Lancashire Church Records (birth, marriage, burial)
  • TROVE - digitised Australian newspapers 1803-1982
  • PAPERS PAST - digitised New Zealand newspapers 1839-1945
  • FREE SETTLER or FELON? - NSW Hunter Valley residents in 1800s
  • THE MYLROIEs from the ISLE OF MAN by MARY PENBERTHY - a personal account of one branch of the Lonan Mylroie family


Oct 2019 REVISED

Chapters dealing with the 17th and 18th century families in The Mylreas of Douglas & district have been significantly rewritten.

Mar 2019 UPDATED

Basil Mylrea, Mariner & Publican 1791-1865- main addition is more detail of the life of Basil's third son Philip


Early Mylreas in Michael 1500-1700 is an analysis of land records to map the existence of the Mylrea clan in Michael. Not all records have been digitised and the story might change considerably when the original records are accessed.