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


June 2021 REVISION

Mostly the inclusion of land records in the story Fathers & Sons: One Mylroie Clan


Extensive revision of the document Edward Mylrea snr and associated documents


Extensive revision of the first two chapters of The Mylreas of Douglas & District, and associated documents