Make use of our specialist records to enhance your research, including passenger lists and military records.
Parish records enable you to go back even further, with baptism, marriage and burial records that date as far back as 1538.
Explore the 1841-1911 census records for important information about your ancestors.
Start to build your family tree by collecting information from family members.
• 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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