In general, we release new descriptions gradually so that information becomes searchable as soon as possible. To restrict catalogue searches to a particular project, type its series reference (for example,  HO 47) into the last box of the catalogue search page. Once you have found something interesting, you can visit The National Archives in person, or order a copy of the record.

View Cataloguing projects 2008/09 for information on projects completed by March 2009.

Cataloguing projects finished in the financial year up to 31 March 2010

Royal Greenwich Hospital: Pensioners' admission papers in ADM 73/1-35

Over 7,000 names have been added to the Catalogue as a result of this initiative to enhance those records pertaining to Royal Greenwich Hospital Pensioners. Mainly the records relate to the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

BT 26 Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists

With thanks to Ancestry, who supplied the last data, BT 26 is now fully indexed. The UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 lists can be searched on the Ancestry website.

C 16 Chancery Pleadings, 1861-1875

With more than 32,000 descriptions uploaded in the last financial year, C 16 is now fully searchable, listing plaintiffs and defendants by name.

CO 447 Order of St. Michael and St. George Original Correspondence and CO 448 Honours: Original Correspondence

Staff at The National Archives identified a number of unlisted boxes of files in these records series dated between 1927 and 1952. Subsequent work has updated the Catalogue to include detailed descriptions for the period 1927-1937. Where catalogue entries were previously blank, there is now rich detail, including place names, personal names, and information relating to the administration of honours.

1911 Photographs in COPY 1/555-556, 558-559, 561-562

The COPY 1 series contains well over 100,000 photographs. To mark the release of the 1911 Census, over 2,700 photographs registered for copyright that year were catalogued by volunteers from the Friends of The National Archives.

Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Certificates of Residence in E 115

Using an existing supplementary finding aid, 37,180 bundles have been dated and described with place names.

Certificates of residence were issued so an individual was not liable for the payment of a tax more than once, whether through change of residence or through lands held across different localities. They were first introduced as a provision in the lay subsidy act of 1514.

Valuation Office Maps in IR

Staff in The National Archives' Map Team have catalogued around 1,650 newly accessioned maps. The printed base maps used by the Valuation Office were produced by the Ordnance Survey at various dates between about 1840 and 1920, with the majority dating from between the late 1880s and around 1914. In a few cases the original maps were replaced by copies made after 1920, probably because the originals had become damaged or badly worn through use.

The maps were used by the Valuation Office to survey for a land value tax established by the 1910 Finance Act. Valuation Office Survey maps of England and Wales from 1910 to 1915 can now be searched using an online mapping tool, as part of The National Archives Labs.

RAIL 529/130-138 London Railway Company

This project populated the Catalogue with the names of 4,586 members of staff who worked on the North London Railway between 1848 and 1912.

State Papers Ireland, Elizabeth I to George III in SP 63

Using a calendar supplied by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, nearly 4,000 individual descriptions were added to the Catalogue by staff at The National Archives.

SP 63 is a records series relating to Ireland dating from the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 until 1782 when the Home Office was created. By incorporating this previously unpublished finding aid into our catalogue, a wealth of interesting material has been highlighted.

The newly described material dates from 1715-1767 and can be found in SP 63/366 - SP 63/480.

Treasury Solicitor and HM Procurator General: Law Officers' and Counsel's Opinions in TS 25

By listing 22 volumes of law officers' opinions by opinion, instead of by volume, 1,719 new item descriptions were added to the Catalogue. The opinions date from 1806 to 1837.

This work was completed thanks to a number of interns from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded legal history MA at Reading University.

Maps, plans and drawings in T 72

Maps in this series, originally collated by the Municipal and Parliamentary Boundaries Commission (1832-1836), have now been individually described, allowing for the identification of particular towns in a search of these records.

Second World War Merchant Navy Awards files in T 335

The Catalogue now includes the names, award, and convoy of recipients of World War II gallantry awards. Having first restricted your search to T 335, you can now search by individual name or by ship name.

WO 329 Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War

More than 3,250 separate Medal Rolls are now searchable. These are split into a number of different rolls for different awards, including: 1914 Star; 1914/15 Star; Territorial Force War Medal; and Silver War Badge.

The World War One medal index cards have been digitised and can be downloaded.

Ministry of Works architectural drawings series for Houses of Parliament in WORK 29-30

Work 29 consists mainly of plans and working drawings relating to the building of the new Houses of Parliament after the destruction of the Palace of Westminster by fire in 1834. Thanks to an original card index, previously vague catalogue descriptions have been greatly enhanced.

Similar enhancement work has been carried out for WORK 30 (Public Buildings) and WORK 31(Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings).