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This can be a useful site for quickly locating any town, village or region in the UK (and 23 other countries). It is a free site that enables you to search by place name and results are clear and easy to use. There is a zoom option and you can even view aerial photographs.


Not to be confused with The National Archives, National Archivist is an independently run web business that uses digitised images of original records obtained from The National Archives. It's a pay-per-view site where registered users can obtain images of records and download them in DjVu format. You can search records for free, but paid-for credits are required to view the records themselves. The site is

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Home to central government records, and a gateway to a whole heap more neat and easy to navigate and offers the family researcher some useful databases to search that may help in tracing details of lost ancestors.

The current archives include Passport Applications (1851-1903), Death Duty Registers (1796 to 1903), Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea (1854-1890), and the Index to Divorce and Matrimonial Causes (1858-1903). A number of other archives are in the pipeline, among them previously inaccessible military records. These include Harts' Army List (1888), Waterloo Roll Call (1815) and Peninsular Medal Roll (1793-1814). More records are added regularly, so keep an eye on this useful resource.


The National Archives is the (relatively) new home for both the Public Record Office and Historical Manuscripts Commission. If you

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need to look at central government records and law court records this is the place to go, although the site also acts as a portal to other resources such as census, wills and immigration records. It's a well designed and easy to use site that can help in finding alternative sources of ancestral information as well as providing access to primary source information to add context to your research. There are interesting news stories about various archive records as well as articles on family, military and local history plus profiles and stories about famous characters.


This is a useful site for anyone researching Irish ancestry. As well as providing information about the archives held at its site in Dublin (including reading room procedures), there's a resource for

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND: Ideal first stop if you've discovered Irish ancestors who need researching searching some databases online. You can either search across all or just specific databases, although the free text search isn't a keyword search facility. Links to other Irish resources and a beginner's guide to researching your family tree are also available.

The archives held by The National

Archives date mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, although some date back as far as the 13 th century.

Almost all of the archives before

1922 were destroyed by fire and explosion at the beginning of the

Civil War in June 1922, although most of the records that remain are accessible online, in index form at least. There is a specific genealogy section that provides information on what is held and how users can access the database, including links


to other sites that have transcribed relevant records.

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