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NATIONAL ARCHIVES

 
at Kew
 
  Introduction

The National Archives at Kew - previously called the Public Record Office - hold the records of central government and the courts of law. It has one of the largest archival collections in the world with over 100 miles of shelving used to store its collection. It spans over a thousand years of British history from the Domesday Book right through to government papers recently released to the public.

From a family historian's viewpoint, the National Archives is the key repository for finding records related to ancestors who worked for the central government or served in the armed forces. Other National Archives collections of key interest to genealogists are those related to central government taxation (lay subsidies, hearth taxes, land taxes, death duties), pre 1858 wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, prison and other criminal records and nonconformist records of births, marriages and deaths.

     
  Address

National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU

     
  Telephone (020) 8876 3444
     
  Fax (020) 8392 5286
     
  E-Mail enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk or use their website's contact form
     
  Hours Mon 9:00 - 5:00
    Tue 10:00 - 700
    Wed 9:00 - 5:00
    Thu 9:00 - 7:00
    Fri 9:00 - 5:00
    Sat 9:30 - 5:00
    Sun Closed
     
  Main Collections
     
  Research No paid research service provided - general enquiries only
  Services  
     
  Web Site Home Page
    Sources Held - comprehensive series of leaflets on the collections of records held at the National Archives
    Research Services - no paid research service provided
    Visiting Guide - guide to planning a visit to the National Archives at Kew and using its facilities
    Directions - comprehensive guide on how to get to the National Archives at Kew by public transport and car, together with a link to a street map
    plus
    Online Catalogue to archives of central government, courts of law and other national bodies (PROCAT) which can be free text searched
    plus
    Index to all 1 million plus wills that were proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) between 1384 and 1858 - digitised images of located wills can be downloaded for a fee
   
   
   
 
   
 
This page last updated: 23 November 2006