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You can search for the records you need in a number of different databases. These include records held by The National Archives, our records digitised on our partners' websites, and records held in other archives. Searching is free, but there may be a charge to download documents.

  • Search records held by The National Archives

    • The Catalogue
      Search descriptions of 11 million documents from the UK central government, law courts and other national bodies.
    • Cabinet Papers
      Search or browse a selection of Cabinet papers, 1915-1979.
    • DocumentsOnline
      Search and download documents that have been digitised, including wills and medal index cards.
    • Design Registers
      Visit this online exhibition featuring 300 registered designs of ceramics and other objects, 1864-1871 (BT 43/68).
    • Electronic Records Online
      Search and download modern UK government documents that were created in a digital format, including records of public inquiries and parliamentary committees.
    • Equity Pleadings
      Search papers relating to civil court cases in the late 17th and early 18th centuries (C 6).
    • Library Catalogue
      Search the catalogue of The National Archives' reference library.
    • Taxation records
      Search by place for descriptions of documents relating to medieval and early-modern taxation (E 179).
    • Trafalgar Ancestors database
      Search the records of everyone who served on the British side in the Battle of Trafalgar.
    • UK Government Web Archive
      View historical snapshots of UK government websites.
    • Your Archives
      Read what others have written about records and contribute your own knowledge of archival sources.
  • Search our records on partner websites

    • Alien arrivals
      Visit ancestry.co.uk to search and download details of foreigners who arrived in England, 1826-1869 (HO 2, HO 3, CUST 102/393-396, FO 83/21-22).
    • Alien entry books
      Visit ancestry.co.uk to browse details of foreigners resident in the UK, 1794-1921 (HO 5).
    • Census records
      Search and download census records from 1841 to 1911 (HO 107, RG 9 - RG 14, RG 78).
    • First World War soldiers' records
      Visit ancestry.co.uk to search and download surviving First World War service records and pension records (WO 363 and WO 364).
    • Non-parochial and overseas records
      Visit bmdregisters.co.uk to search and download birth, marriage and death records from non-conformist and other non-parish and overseas sources, 1567-1969 (RG 4 - RG 8, RG 32 - RG 36, BT 158 - BT 160).
    • Passenger lists
      Search and download lists of ship passengers who arrived in (1878-1960) or left (1890-1960) the UK (BT 26 and BT 27).
    • Royal Hospital Chelsea pension records
      Visit findmypast.co.uk to search and download Royal Hospital Chelsea pension records, 1760-1913 (WO 97).
  • Find records in other archives