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Thanks for awakening my interest in family history are due first and foremost to my sister, Judy Pickering, who passed the genealogy bug on to me, despite my initial resistance. Then to all the people I made contact with over the internet, without whose help this site would not have been possible, in particular Jane McDonald (nee Pickering), Beverley Morling (nee Green), Rowland Pickering and Mark Pickering. Finally to those members of the previous “unconnected” generation who brought the events behind the facts to life and illustrated them with anecdotes, especially Zita Ball (nee Pickering), Barbara Pickering (nee Bullin), Henry Prince and Eileen Pickering (nee Colley). George Walker of New Zealand deserves a special mention for all the groundwork he carried out in the pre-internet days.

The photos that illustrate these pages are from the Pickering family photo collection or by the author unless otherwise stated and except where linked to an outside source.

Below is a selection of useful links in alphabetical order. The ones I found the most useful are in bold letters.

Australian newspapers:
BMDs (certificates):
BMDs (early records):
BMDs (from 1837):
BMDs (non-conformist and non-parochial):
BMDs (Yorkshire):
British history online:
British newspapers:
Canadian Archives:
Church registers online:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
East Riding of Yorkshire archives:
East Yorkshire Family History Society:
Encyclopedia online:
Family trees and records:
Genealogical allegations:
Historical directories:
Hull and East Yorkshire history:
Listed buildings:
Living relatives:
London Gazette:
Maps and street views:
Maps (detailed):
National Archives:
Old books:
Old occupations:
Records, family trees, photos, maps:
Records, family trees, newspapers:
Surname forum:
Surname spread:
UK and Ireland genealogy:
UK and Ireland mailing lists:
Wills and probates:
WW1 battlefields: