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List of our browseable Record Collections

We have a number of record collections that contain books and transcribed data. Click on one of the categories below to see what we have available.

TitleDescription
BiographyBiographies of notable people
Burke's Peerage & Landed GentryJohn Burke was an Irish genealogist who first published his work A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom, in 1826. This work was corrected, augmented, and improved in a number of editions up to the year 1847, when it became an annual publication.

In parallel with this he also developed A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, which was first published in four volumes between 1833 and 1838. The title of this publication was later changed to become A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland.

The common names for these two publications have, over the years, become Burke's Peerage and Burke's Landed Gentry.

After the death of John Burke, in 1848, his work was continued by his son John Bernard Burke, who was appointed Ulster King of Arms in 1853, and his two sons Ashworth Peter Burke and Henry Farnham Burke, who both also became Officers of Arms.

Debrett's PeerageJohn Debrett was a bookseller, publisher and compiler. Having completed an apprenticeship he moved to work for a bookseller and stationer called John Almon, in 1780. John Almon published a volume entitled "The New Peerage" in 1769 and, following the publication of a few further editions, passed on the editorship to John Debrett. In 1802 John Debrett published "The Correct Peerage of England, Scotland and Ireland" in two volumes, and in 1808 "The Baronetage of England", both under his own name. Over time, these publications evolved into "Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage". Debrett retired from his business in 1814 and died in 1822, although the business continues under his name to the present day.
Directories & GazetteersTrade directories and Gazetteers
Dod's Peerage, Baronetage, and KnightageCharles Dodd was an Irish journalist and writer, who for many years worked with The Times. Amongst his other works he wrote "The Parliamentary Pocket Companion", published in 1832, and later, in 1841, "The Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland". The latter became an annual edition. In his later years he reverted to the original spelling of his surname, Dod. His son, Robert Phipps Dod, assisted his father, and took over the management in 1843.
Heralds' VisitationsHeralds' Visitations contain pedigree charts, and in many cases coats of arms, of families documented when the Heralds visited each county, from the early 16th century to the late 17th century.

The Heralds were responsible for ensuring that people claiming or using coats of arms were entitled to do so, through either being granted their own arms or being directly descended in the male line from an ancestor to whom they had been granted.

These books contain some of the earliest documented pedigrees, and have been largely published by The Harleian Society (and others) since the late 19th century.

Historical booksThis collection contains books of a Historical nature; either for a family, a county, a country; generally any book containing the words "History of" in its' title.
Owners of LandLand ownership information
Parish RegistersParish registers originally commenced in 1538 when Thomas Cromwell first ordered that in every parish, in England and Wales, a list must be kept recording all baptisms, burials and marriages. Initially, these records were kept on loose leaves but the rules were later tightened by James I ordering the records to be kept in parchment books. His order stated that all previous entries, back to at least the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth in 1558, must be transcribed into the new books. Unfortunately, many parish clerks only did as instructed and the 20 or so years previous to 1558 were lost when the originals were destroyed.
Phillimore MarriagesWilliam Phillimore Watts Stiff was born in Nottingham on 27th October, 1853, the son of Dr. William Phillimore Stiff, M.B., and his wife Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Watts of Brigden Hall, Salop. He assumed the surname of Phillimore with his father in 1873, to commemorate his descent from the Phillimore's of Cam in Gloucestershire, where the family had resided since the 16th century. For most of his life he devoted himself to the study of genealogy and was a prolific publisher and editor, founding the publishing business of Phillimore & co. in 1897. He was responsible for the publication of over 200 volumes of Marriage register transcripts.
School RegistersLists of school attendees and alumni

List of our searchable Record Collections

TitleDescription
1841 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1841 England and Wales census.
1851 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1851 England and Wales census.
1861 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1861 England and Wales census.
1871 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1871 England and Wales census.
1881 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1881 England and Wales census.
1891 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1891 England and Wales census.
1901 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1901 England and Wales census.
1911 England & Wales CensusA fully searchable free transcript of the 1911 England and Wales census.
Anglesey MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from parishes in Anglesey
Berkshire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Berkshire, from 1538-1920
Biographies
Books of a Historical natureBooks of a Historical nature
Brecknock MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from parishes in Breconshire
Burke's Peerage and Landed GentryBurke's Peerage and Landed Gentry records from the United Kingdom
Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and CompanionageDebrett's Peerage records from the United Kingdom
Devon Births & BaptismsA fully searchable transcript of the baptism registers from many parishes in Devon, from 1538 - 1921
Devon Deaths & BurialsA fully searchable transcript of the burial registers from many parishes in Devon, from 1538 - 1950
Devon MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Devon, from 1538 - 1920
Directories & GazetteersTranscripts of the entries for places in Great Britain extracted from trade directories and gazetteers.
Dod's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage 1841Dod's Peerage records from the United Kingdom
Dorset Births & BaptismsA fully searchable transcript of the baptism registers from many parishes in Dorset, from 1538 - 1921
Dorset Deaths & BurialsA fully searchable transcript of the burial registers from many parishes in Dorset, from 1538 - 1950
Dorset MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Dorset, from 1538-1924
Durham Births & BaptismsA fully searchable transcript of the baptism registers from many parishes in Durham, from 1538 - 1837
Durham Deaths & BurialsA fully searchable transcript of the burial registers from many parishes in Durham, from 1538 - 1837
Durham MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the baptism registers from many parishes in Durham, from 1538 - 1837
England and Wales Marriages 1538-1921Transcripts of marriages performed in churches and chapels in England & Wales
First World War Medals and AwardsThis database contains a transcript of the awards and decorations for service by the British and Commonwealth forces in the First World War.
Gloucestershire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Gloucestershire, from 1538 - 1938
Hampshire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Hampshire, from 1538 - 1920
Heralds' VisitationsSearch the Heralds' Visitations database for old family trees totally free
Leicestershire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes around Leicester, from 1538 - 1837
Middlesex MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Middlesex, from 1538-1920
Norfolk MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Norfolk, from 1538 - 1920
Northumberland Births & BaptismsA fully searchable transcript of the baptism registers from many parishes in Northumberland, from 1538 - 1837
Northumberland Deaths & BurialsA fully searchable transcript of the burial registers from many parishes in Northumberland, from 1538 - 1837
Northumberland MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Northumberland, from 1538 - 1837
Parish RegistersA fully searchable transcript of Parish Registers from the United Kingdom, with attached images.
Phillimore MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of Phillimore Parish Registers - Marriages and parish records from the United Kingdom.
Return of Owners of Land, 1873 England & WalesSearchable transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in England & Wales in 1873
Samuel Lewis Topographical DictionariesA full transcipt of the Topographical Dictionaries published by Samuel Lewis & co.
School, College, and University RegistersSchool, College, and University Registers
Shropshire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Shropshire, from 1538 - 1920
Surrey MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Surrey, from 1538 - 1920
Wiltshire MarriagesA fully searchable transcript of the marriage registers from many parishes in Wiltshire, from 1538 - 1938
Ancestry DNA