What we don’t have


There are certain records, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, that we do not hold.

The National Archives does not have the following popular records:

  • Parish records are kept in local archives and you can find many online

The National Archives is not the best place to look for certain kinds of records. You should start by looking in local archives for records relating to:

Discovery combines The National Archives catalogue with catalogues from over 2,500 other archives across the UK.

You can search Discovery and then use the filters to look at records from ‘other archives’.

Not all archives have their catalogues in Discovery. It is a good idea to find out what archives are in a local area and to contact them to find out if they have anything useful to you.

You can use the Find an archive tool to do this.

Bear in mind that there are other national archives which might help your research:

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