Records available online
There are a number of ways to view selected records online. Most are accessible by searching our collections, including:
- 1901 Census: where you can search by address or by family name and, for a small charge, download the census pages that interest you.
- DocumentsOnline: allows you online access to The National Archives' collection of digitised public records, including both academic and genealogical sources.
- Moving Here: looks at the experience of immigration to England over the last 200 years. The site currently focuses on four communities, Caribbean, Irish, Asian and Jewish.
- Macmillan online: provides access to documents from the Macmillan government of 1957-1963. These include accounts of cabinet meetings, material from the prime minister's private office and reports from cabinet committees.
- National Digital Archive of Datasets: subjects on this site currently include crime figures, the census of schools, birth statistics and information on beer duty.
We also provide a number of online tools to help you find the records you need that are not necessarily available online. These are also available by searching our collections and include:
- the Catalogue: allows users to search for documents at home and even order them so that they are ready for you when you come to visit us.
- E 179 (Tax records) database: contains information on medieval clerical and lay taxation records searchable by name, type of tax and location.
- Equity Pleadings database: references legal papers relating to domestic and trade disputes, the slave trade, women's rights under the law, piracy, mining and pay disputes. You can search the 30,000 records in the series by reference, name, place or even subject.
- Reference Library Catalogue: contains information on about 65,000 books, pamphlets, yearbooks and journals. A growing collection of CD-ROMS and online resources is also available here.
By searching records held by other archives users can obtain details of records online that are not held by The National Archives.
Summary details of newly released documents are also available online, many of which contain extracts and images of original documents.
Several of the online exhibitions and research guides found on this site source original documents of interest.