Records available on Ancestry.com

FOI request reference: F0047176
Publication date: November 2016

Title: Records available on Ancestry.com

FOI request reference: F0047176

Response sent: November 2016

Outcome:  Partially Successful

Request:

Dear National Archives,

Please could you tell me:

How many TNA records are available on the Ancestry.com website

Which series of TNA records are available on the Ancestry.com website

How much revenue TNA has received from Ancestry.com – ( for avoidance of doubt,the legal name of which is Ancestry.cm LLC) in each of the past 5 years

Yours faithfully,

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 10th October 2016 in which you asked for information about the number and series of The National Archives records on the Ancestry.com website and the revenue that The National Archives has received from Ancestry.com.

We have handled your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).  The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you.

How many TNA records are available on the Ancestry.com website?

TNA records where the images have been licenced to Ancestry.com – 287765463

There are an additional 902410 records where Ancestry.com have web trawled The National Archives’ freely available on-line catalogue, Discovery and listed a transcription of the records in these collections. For these records, the Ancestry.com website links the enquirer to Discovery/Digital Downloads on The National Archives website to view a digital image of the original record.

Please note that these figures are correct as of the date we reviewed our records (24 October 2016), they are naturally in a constant state of flux as new records are added.

Which series of TNA records are available on the Ancestry.com website?

TNA licensed material:

Record set TNA catalogue reference Number of records in this collection
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 WO 364 2139613
Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1813-1834 T 71 2980774
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – First Fleet, 1787-1788  HO 11 827
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Second Fleet, 1789-1790 HO 11 1253
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Third Fleet, 1791 HO 11 1924
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868  HO 11 122459
New South Wales, Australia, Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834 HO10, Pieces 1-4, 6-18, 28-30 110103
New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 HO10, Pieces 5, 19-20, 32-51 277066
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 WO 363 1536098
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 BT 26 16195295
England, Alien Arrivals, 1810-1811, 1826-1869 HO 2, 3, CUST 102/393-396, FO 83/21-22 610789
England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 HO 26 & 27 1556259
UK, Aliens Entry Books, 1794-1921 HO 5 103274
UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949 WO 100 2388534
UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 ADM 171 1533762
1911 England Census Summary Books RG 78 7555402
1911 Wales Census Summary Books RG 78  522671
UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956 selected pieces from RAIL 226; RAIL 364; RAIL 397; RAIL 410; RAIL 411; RAIL 414; RAIL 415; RAIL 426; RAIL 463; RAIL 491; RAIL 1156 2041650
UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices’ Indentures, 1710-1811 IR 1 523475
UK, Licences of Parole for Female Convicts, 1853-1871, 1883-1887 PCOM 4 4439
UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 HO 9 196793
UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969 RG 32-36 164180
1911 Isle of Man Census Summary Books RG 78 12838
1911 Channel Islands Census Summary Books RG 78 23512
UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 ADM 101 28133
UK, Land Tax Redemption, 1798 IR 23 1179406
UK Surgeon Superintendents’ Journals of Convict Ships, 1858-1867 MT 32 2352
1911 England Census RG 14 33847776
1911 Wales Census RG 14 2460733
1911 Isle of Man Census RG 14 52121
1911 Channel Islands Census RG 14 97273
UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874 KB 105-107, CP 71 49371
UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920 WO 329, 2958–3255 882674
U.K., Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1915 J 77 78996
UK, RMS Titanic, Deaths at Sea, 1912 BT 334/52-53 1507
UK, RMS Titanic, Outward Passenger List, 1912  BT 27 1062
UK, RMS Titanic, Crew Records, 1912 BT 100/259-260 5605
England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 RG 4 & 5 2530704
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 BT 27 23768544
Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850 WO12/11960–11967, 11972, 12018–12033, 13295; WO13/3673–3717; CO880/1–2 752886
Canada, British Navy Ship Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1757-1836  ADM32/254; ADM 36/15490, 17229; ADM37/5000–5002, 5631–5632, 5638, 5640–5643, 8602–8605, 8607; ADM38/2294–2303; ADM42/2147–2202, 2233 176551
Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 WO 25/266–558, 632–634, 677–683, 686–688, 3913–3914, 5411-5516 467838
UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Regimental Registers of Pensioners Who Served in Canada, 1713-1882 WO 97/426–433, 504–509, 516–520, 568–575, 583–590, 629–635, 724–745, 824–838, 885–897, 933–941, 978–985, 1071, 1125–1126, 1136, 1141, 1148–1152, 1164–1170, 1178–1181, 1185–1194, 1468–1471, 1500–1502, 1522–1524, 1569–1575, 1600, 1619–1623, 1650–1652, 1677, 1705–1711, 2167–2170; WO 120  375748
Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815 ADM 103/167–171, 173, 246, 248, 465, 571, 625; ADM 98/291–292 56505
Canada, Pension Applications For Widows and Family of British Military Officers, 1776-1881 WO 42/52–63 843
Canada, British Army Regimental Rolls of Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, 1806-1892 WO 67/7–20  30396
Canada, Records of British Military Headquarters, 1775-1856 WO 28/2–10, 268–269, 303–317  7967
Canada, Immigration and Settlement Correspondence and Lists, 1817-1896  CO 384 21158
UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 AO 12; AO 13  30752
England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 PROB 11 1012964
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 WO 329 6526145
London, England, Clandestine Marriage and Baptism Registers, 1667-1754 RG 7 894892
1891 England Census RG 12  27127898
U.K. Census Free Sample RG 12 157
1891 Channel Islands Census RG 12 92202
1891 Wales Census RG 12 1760678
England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837 RG 6 586018
1891 Isle of Man Census RG 12 55663
1881 England Census RG 11 24766987
1871 Wales Census RG 10 1412693
1871 England Census RG 10 21396275
1871 Isle of Man Census RG 10  53759
1871 Channel Islands Census RG 10 89403
1901 England Census RG 13 30598866
1901 Wales Census RG 13 2035182
1901 Channel Islands Census RG 13 96404
1901 Isle of Man Census RG 13 55028
1881 Wales Census RG 11 1588506
1881 Isle of Man Census RG 11 55144
1881 Channel Islands Census RG 11 87037
1861 Channel Islands Census RG 9 92464
1861 Isle of Man Census RG 9 52466
1861 England Census RG 9 18450707
1861 Wales Census RG 9 1151033
1851 England Census HO 107 16692527
1851 Wales Census  HO 107 1168790
1851 Channel Islands Census HO 107 89973
1851 Isle of Man Census HO 107 52146
1841 England Census HO 107 14772291
1841 Wales Census HO 107 987,719
1841 Channel Islands Census HO 107 76077
1841 Isle of Man Census HO 107 48033
UK, Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, 1802-1919 ADM 29/1–32, 34–96, 105–130 89259
UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1912 HO 334 94458
London, England, King’s Bench and Fleet Prison Discharge Books and Prisoner Lists, 1734-1862 PRIS 10 32198
London, England, Marshalsea Prison Commitment and Discharge Books, 1811-1842 PRIS 11 28849
England & Wales, Criminal Lunacy Warrant and Entry Books, 1882-1898 HO 145 4332
UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916 WO 95 33350
UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1853-1928 ADM 188 829176
UK, Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910  BT 150/1-53 342282
UK, British Army Lists, 1882-1962 Published Volumes from Library 2421506
UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920 WO 95 402770
UK, Naval and Military Courts Martial Registers, 1806-1930 selected pieces from ADM 19, WO 86, WO 92 and WO 213 838431
UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 ADM 6/433-439; ADM 104/102-118,122-149; ADM 183/114-120; ADM 184/43-54; ADM 242/1-15; ADM 338/141,145; WO 42/1-75; WO 68/429A,441C,441D,497,499A,499B; WO 69/67-69,72,73,551-573,575-577,579,580,582  395428
UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea, 1844-1890 BT 153; BT 156; BT 157; BT 158; BT 159; BT 160; CO 386/170-172; CUST 67 313664
UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 1918 AIR 1/819/204/4/1316 and AIR 10/232-237 194814
UK, Shipping and Seamen WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945 BT 339/1-8  110993
Ireland, Intelligence Profiles, 1914-1922 CO 904/193-216; WO 35/206-207 766
Ireland, Courts Martial Files, 1916-1922 CO 903/19; WO 35/68,96-119,143; WO 71/344-386 1913
London, England Land Tax Valuations 1910 IR 91 44374
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions 1873-1925  PMG 48 130,318
UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968 elected files from series FO 114, 149, 155, 161, 170, 173, 207, 208, 211, 214, 218, 220, 221, 267, 322, 331, 339, 345, 359, 387, 397, 398, 399, 441, 445, 446, 451, 510, 516, 521, 526, 529, 581, 586, 601, 609, 634, 653, 664-666, 675, 681, 683, 687, 700, 706, 707, 714, 715, 717-722, 724-734, 744, 753-756, 769, 778, 783, 786, 797, 799, 803, 870-875, 878, 885, 907, 911, 920 20,564

Total number of records :  287765463

Ancestry web trawl:

Link to record set TNA catalogue reference   Number of records in this collection
Web: UK, Recommendations for Honours and Awards Index, 1935-1990 WO 373 40583
Web: UK, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Index, 1917-1920 WO 398 7010
Web: UK, Royal Marines Registers of Service Index, 1842-1925 ADM 159 106915
Web: UK, Wills of Royal Naval Seamen Index, 1786-1882 ADM 48 19613
Web: UK, Royal Naval Reserve Service Records Index, 1860-1955 BT 164 & 377 132786
Web: UK, Naval Officers’ Service Record Cards and Files Index, 1880-1950s ADM 340 5943
Web: UK, Royal Naval Seamen Index, 1853 -1872 ADM 139 89295
Web: UK, Royal Naval Officers’ Service Records Index, 1756-1931 ADM 196 66212
Web: UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922 ADM 337  59801
Web: UK, Women’s Royal Naval Service Index, 1917-1919 ADM 318 & 336 7444
Web: UK, WWII Medals Issued to Merchant Seamen, 1939-1945 BT 395 108427
Web: UK, Campaign Medals Awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen, 1914-1925  BT 351 156894
Web: UK, Women’s Royal Air Force Index, 1918-1920 AIR 80 31086
Web: UK, Death Duty Registers Index, 1796-1811 IR 26 70401

Total number of records: 902410   

How much revenue TNA has received from Ancestry.com – (for avoidance of doubt, the legal name of which is Ancestry.cm LLC) in each of the past 5 years?

We are unable to provide you with the information you have requested because it is covered by the exemption at section 43(2) of the FOIA, which exempts information from release if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person, or the public authority holding it.

When this exemption applies we are required to consider whether it is in the public interest to release the information.

Please find below the arguments made in favour of and against the release of the information requested and the outcome of the public interest test:

Factors in favour of disclosure:

  • There is a public interest in openness and transparency in relation to Government Departments and how they are run.

Factors against disclosure:

  • Disclosure would provide information to direct competitors within the market that would create an imbalance and a commercial advantage to those competitors.
  • Disclosure of this information would affect The National Archives’ ability to negotiate contracts and generate revenue from non-public funds.

Details of the department’s decision not to disclose this information:

  • Public authorities can only withhold commercially sensitive information where the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing information.
  • It is in the public interest that The National Archives maintains the ability to negotiate contracts and generate revenue from non-public funds.
  • Consequently, The National Archives finds that the public interest in disclosing the requested information is outweighed by any prejudice to their commercial interests and that of the licensees.

The test has now been completed and it has been concluded that there is a stronger public interest not to release the requested information. Therefore, the section 43(2) exemption has been applied to the information being withheld.

Please see below for a link to The National Archives website where there are further details of the different types of licences we offer, which you may find useful:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/commercial-opportunities/licensing-our-records/types-of-licensing/

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU
complaints@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Please mark your complaint clearly.  You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to investigate any aspect of your complaint.  However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning his investigation.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Assessor
Freedom of Information Centre
Information Management and Practice Department