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 UK and Ireland", although its coverage is wider than this. From the GENUKI website::

"The UK and Ireland are regarded, for the purposes of this Genealogical Information Service, as being made up of England, Ireland (i.e. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Wales, and Scotland, together with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Together, these constitute the British Isles - which is a geographical term for a group of islands lying off the north-west coast of mainland Europe. (Legally, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are largely self governing, and are not part of the United Kingdom.)"


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" [cite web|url=|title=The United Kingdom and Ireland|work=GENUKI|date=2008-07-17|accessdate=2008-07-28] .
* The next level has information for each of England (see example [cite web|url=|title=England|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-06-23] ), Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
* The third level has information on each pre-1974 county of England, Scotland and Wales, each of the 32 counties of Ireland and each island of the Channel Islands (e.g. Cheshire [cite web|url=|title=Cheshire|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-06-23] , County Kerry [cite web|url=|title=County Kerry|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-07-07] and Guernsey [cite web|url=|title=Guernsey|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-07-07] ).
* The fourth level has information on each town or parish (e.g. Antrobus, Cheshire [cite web|url=|title=Antrobus|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-06-23] ).

The structure is shown diagrammatically in the "Contents and Site Map". [cite web|url=|title=British Isles Genealogy: Genuki Contents & Site Map|date=2007-12-15|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-07-31]

At each level, some of the subject headings from the list prepared by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City are used. The full list is:


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 UK database right, and it must only be used for personal research and not copied onto other websites. [cite web|url=|title=Copyright and Disclaimer|date=2007-02-26|work=GENUKI|accessdate=2008-07-31]


External links

* [ GENUKI Home Page]
* [ GENUKI at the GoodWebGuide website]

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