In today’s blog entry, I would like to discuss the new enhancements to our person search functionality.
We are continuing to improve and refine this service because the most common search our users carry out is for names of people. We want this search function to be as easy to use, but also as comprehensive, as possible.
The newly enhanced search tool allows you to look for names both in our catalogues and also in the census returns and other records which are hosted by some of our external partners. We work with these partners to digitise some of our most popular records, with millions of records now available online. Among the external websites you will be able to search are:
1841 to 1891 census records
First World War Army service and pension Records
Incoming passenger lists (1878 to 1960), alien arrivals (1826 to 1869) and alien entry books (1794 to 1921)
Royal Hospital Chelsea pension records (1760 to 1913)
Outgoing passenger lists (1890 to 1960)
Non-parochial and overseas birth, marriage and death records (1567 to 1969)
Searching the partner sites is free but there is usually a fee for downloading images.
Until this service was launched, you may have had to carry out separate searches on these external partner websites. We hope that this unified person search tool will enable you to explore a wider range of records through our website than was possible before. Let us know what you think.
Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer – David Thomas
As a senior archivist and records specialist at The National Archives, David’s career has focused on developing access to archives and information in both government and the archive sector.
David is responsible for information technology services at The National Archives, and is leading on the major cross-government project to develop a shared service for preserving digital records.