United Kingdom and Ireland
Archives and Libraries
Bevan, Amanda, (Ed.). Tracing Your Ancestors in the
Public Record Office (6th ed.), The National Archives. [ISBN
["This is a new, revised edition of the best-selling guide. Now in
its sixth edition, Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Record
Office continues to provide comprehensive guidance to all
researchers, new or experienced, wishing to trace their forebears
among the records of government or courts held at The National
Archives. It leads the reader through the census and military
service records, wills and lawsuits, court rolls and hearth taxes
and all other records where our ancestors may have left their
tracks. . . this new revised edition provides information on this
and many other releases of records at the National Archives,
including army, navy, merchant navy and immigration records. New
information about how to access the records via the catalogue is
- The National
Archives in Kew brings together the Public Records Office (PRO)
and the Historical Manuscripts Commission, and is the principal
repository for English and Welsh records. (Note: most Scottish
records are held in the National
Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, and Northern Ireland Records
are held by The Public Record
Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).)
- Copies of the National Archives' information
leaflets are now available online, as is their very useful catalogue.
- The National Archives' Family
History Guide provides extensive information about those of
their holdings that are of particular relevance to genealogists.
- Their ARCHON (Archives
Online) facility gives information on all repositories in the
- Their National
Register of Archives contains "references to papers of
c.150,000 corporate bodies, persons and families relating to
British history with a further 100,000 connected records."
- Their Manorial Documents
Register identifies the location of manorial documents.
Your Archives - "The National Archives' online community of
records users", a wiki that archive users can contribute to: "These
pages are for you to contribute your knowledge of archival sources
held by The National Archives and by other archives throughout the
Quick animated guides to using the National Archives.
- The British Library's
collections may be regarded as the world's finest; the range and
effectiveness of the services it provides on the basis of these
collections are without rival. Their web pages give access to their
comprehensive online catalogues
including the British Library Public
Catalogue, as well as providing full details of the library's
services and facilities.
- Helpers - the
University of London's web resource intended to help family and
local historians utilise Higher Education libraries &
- The National Archives' "gateway to archival resources, projects
and initiatives in the UK and abroad" has been transferred to the
UNESCO Archives Portal.
- COPAC is the Online Public
Access Catalog, providing unified access to the online catalogs of
some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and
- The Archives Hub is a
service run by MIMAS at Manchester Computing which provides free
access to descriptions of archives held in the UK's universities
and colleges. The descriptions can be searched in a number of ways
and will form one part of the emerging UK National Archives
- LDS Family History Centres, (see also Guide to
Researching Ancestors from the United Kingdom using the LDS Family
History Center Resources, by Mark Howells.)
- Culture 24,
"Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, listings and education
resources from thousands of UK museums, galleries, archives and
libraries, all in one place".
- A list of UK
Public Libraries on the Web compiled by Sheila and Robert
- Details of 1600 Museums, Galleries and Historic
Houses provided by Britains Finest.
- Details of maritime
and military museums.
around the UK on the Web provides a (far from complete) listing
of museum websites arranged by county.
- Details of Maritime and Naval
Museums in Britain and Ireland provided by Dr Martin H. Evans
and Dr Janet West. A Regional List
is also available.
- A list of Repositories
of Primary Sources in the United Kingdom. (Provided by the
University of Idaho.)
- The British & Irish
Archaeological Bibliography - "The biab online database
contains datasets covering publications from AD 1695 to the present
day on archaeology and the historic environment, historic
buildings, maritime and industrial archaeology, environmental
history, and the conservation of material culture" - nearly 200,000
references, as of June 2007.
Archives - set up on behalf of the National Council on Archives
"to show the variety and quantity of community archives in the
- Society of
- Institute of Heraldic and
Methodist Archives and Research Centre is part of the John
Rylands University Library of Manchester. (See also
Methodist Archives and
Methodist Archives Printed Book Collections.)
- The Catholic
Central Library - ".. . conveniently located just opposite the
Euston Station east entrance. It has 65,000 books and periodicals
including theology, spirituality and related subjects, biography,
history (including Catholic Family History), and many works not
Huguenot Library is located at University College, London
- The The British
Postal Musem and Archive (formerly Post Office Archives and
Records Services) holds the records of the British Post Office from
the 17th century to the present day.
- Institute for Historical
Office: Family History Research.
- The British Empire and
Women's Library - "housing the most extensive collection of
women's history in the UK".
- The National Gas
Archive - "The NGA holds up to two kilometres of records
covering the history and development of the UK gas industry. The
records date from about 1812 to the present day and include many of
the administrative, financial, legal, technical, property and
personnel records of the industry."
- Association of
Independent Libraries - details of member institutions and
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