Some links to various tools and resources I have used in my research. I hope you may also find them useful.
An invaluable aid to researchers. It lists the burial place and details of every Commonwealth serviceman killed in the First and Second World Wars.
The archives of the London Gazette, available here, contain information on decorations awarded and officers' appointments. The search facility can be rather temperamental, but persistence with variations on date, speling and number is often rewarded.
The central records repository in the United Kingdom. The online catalogue can be difficult to navigate, but the sheer volume of information available is astounding.
These people deserve medals. A database of civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths transcribed by volunteers and made available at no charge. Relatively complete up to around 1930, with more information being continuously added.
Related to the above, this project transcribes Census data from the 1841 to 1891 Census'. Coverage is patchy but improving rapidly.
Related to the above, this project transcribes births, marriages, and deaths records from parish and non-conformist register books.
OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office.
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement. Used to code this website.
PAF is a free genealogy and family history program provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. PAF allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize and share your family history and genealogy information. Compatible with Ancestry and other websites through its GEDCOM capability.
There are plenty of these programs around these days; I have found PAF simple and easy to use for organising my general family history research.