Our online records

Over 5% of our records have been digitised and are available to download. Browse this section to view some of our most popular online collections.

How to view our records

Our catalogue will tell you whether or not records are available to download. To view records not available online you can:

Full list of catalogues and online records

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Reading old documents

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Citing documents in The National Archives

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