1. Make use of our specialist records to enhance your research, including passenger lists and military records.

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  2. Parish records enable you to go back even further, with baptism, marriage and burial records that date as far back as 1538.

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  3. Explore the 1841-1911 census records for important information about your ancestors.

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  4. Start to build your family tree by collecting information from family members.

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  5. • In the early decades after the census was taken, the records weren’t always stored in the ideal conditions that they’ve enjoyed since they’ve been in the care of The National Archives.

    • A small number of volumes experienced water damage decades ago, which has left a legacy of mould and decay, as well as making some pages difficult to read.

    • After 98 years, the documents are dusty and keeping the dust down was one of the challenges for the scanning team, as the high-tech equipment requires sterile conditions.

    • Debris is carefully removed and creases smoothed with special brushes, and each document is inspected for other types of damage.

    • If edges are worn or slightly torn, the sheet has to be placed in a protective sleeve so that it doesn’t rip during the scanning process.

    • When conservation on a volume is complete, it is rebound until the pages are ready to be processed.

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