Looking for a person?

The research guidance listed below can help you uncover a person's history. Each guide tells you where you can find, access and understand the relevant records.

The National Archives holds many records which can help you find out about people's lives, deaths and careers. The guides below also point to useful records in other archives and organisations, and reveal which records are available online.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try searching under topics in our research guidance A-Z. If you are new to searching archives, start here.