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10.5 Million

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469.5 Million

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Official Records are digital versions of real historic documents about people. There are over 487 million of these on this site. Evidence about a person with a Life Story can often be found in several records -- e.g. in military records, census record, birth records and more. 

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Around 8 million people served Britain and the Commonwealth during the war. This means that many of those people share the same name. You may need to find out more information to narrow down your search. 

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Censuses are taken by governments every ten years to establish the numbers and characteristics of a population. Census and land records allow you to find out when and where an individual was born, where they lived at the time of the census, their job, and details of other members of the household including family, guests and servants. 

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We have records from the Manchester School Admissions Registers 1870-1916. For each individual, it tells us the child’s name and date of birth, the name of their parent/guardian, their address, the dates that they started and left the school, and details of any previous schools that they attended. 

Life Events – Birth, Marriage and Death records
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British Army Service Records

3,652,251

Discover where servicemen and women served, their battle injuries, disciplinary records, character references and more. Varying from a single page, to over 100 pages, these records can include:

  • Illness and hospitals
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Evidence Records
British Army, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) 1917-1920

Approximately 57,000 women served with the WAAC during World War One. Each woman worked in one of the four sections: Cookery, Clerical, Mechanical and Miscellaneous. They were stationed in England and abroad in France and Flanders. 

7,006
British Merchant Navy, First World War Medal Cards 1917-1925

There are 157,424 records in this collection, each of which has a link to download a copy of the original record card from The National Archives. Merchant Navy seamen who had served at sea for at least six months during WW1 and who had served on at least one voyage through a danger zone were entitled to the Mercantile Marine Medal, awarded by the Board of Trade, a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. 

157,424
British Women's Royal Air Force Service Records 1918-1920

The British Women’s Royal Air Force Service Records index the names of 31,090 women who volunteered with the armed forces as part of their commitment to their country and to support the war effort. The original records are held by The National Archives at Kew. At the archives they are known as series AIR 80. The records include other ranks and not officers.

31,090
British Women's Royal Naval Service Officer Files 1917-1919

Each record is a transcript of the original held at The National Archives in London in the series known as ADM 318.

556
British Women's Royal Naval Service Ratings' Service Registers 1918-1919

The Women’s Royal Naval Service or WRNS, recruited women eager to do their bit for the war effort in WW1. Women were recruited to take over the menial jobs that were keeping men from active service. Throughout the First World War they cooked, cleaned and drove as well as serving as clerks, messengers, telephonists and code breakers.

6,889
Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestations 1914-1918

At the time of their enrollment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Officers completed a Declaration Paper, volunteers a two sided Attestation Paper and conscripts a single sided Enlistment form. They each contain brief details about the individual. Images supplied by Libraries and Archives Canada.

622,937
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Records

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates First World War servicemen and women and members of some civilian organisations who died before 31 August 1921 while in Commonwealth military service, or of causes attributable to service.

1,078,725
Conscientious Objectors Register 1914-1918

This collection provides the details of around 18,000 individuals who refused conscription to the British armed services during the First World War on grounds of conscience - known as ‘Conscientious Objectors’.

17,426
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossier Index 1914-1968

Records of Australian servicemen and women who served in the first Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War.

375,906
Medal Index Card Transcriptions

Medal index cards were created by the Army Medal Office towards the end of the First World War. They record the medals that men and women who served in the First World War were entitled to claim.

5,476,302
Midland Bank Roll Of Honour 1914-1920

This incredible record set holds details of the bank’s employees who were granted leave to serve in the First World War. Many of the cards are incredibly detailed, providing facts such as date of birth, enlistment date, and even a service history

3,948
New Zealand in the Great War 1914-1918

These records were provided by the Auckland War Memorial Online Cenotaph - New Zealand’s living memorial to those who served the country during times of international conflict.

99,968
7.8 million

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1st Sportsman's Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 1914-1918

The 1st Sportsman’s Battalion was formed at the Hotel Cecil on The Strand in September 1914 and included some well-known sporting personalities of its day among its number. These included several county cricketers, golfers, athletes, travellers and adventurers.

3,448
Abingdon 1914-1920

Discover whether your ancestors from Abingdon Berkshire (now in Oxfordshire) served, and if they died, during the First World War.

2,768
Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Roll 1914-1918

These embarkation rolls list nearly 320,000 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as they embarked for overseas service during the First World War.

319,422
Australian Imperial Force Nominal Roll 1914-1918

The First World War Nominal Roll is a list of over 322,000 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) who served overseas during the war. The roll includes those who served with the Australian Flying Corps and Australian Medical Corps, but not the names of those who served with the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Force.

322,353
Birmingham City Battalions 1914-1918

The “Birmingham Pals Battalions” were officially the 14th, 15th and 16th Service Battalions of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The new regiments were set up by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in August 1914. The Pals Regiments were the brainchild of Lord Derby, allowing young men to serve with their friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even teammates. These records list the nearly 4,000 men who began their campaign in Boulogne in November 1915.

3,921
Birmingham Employers Roll Of Honour 1914-1918

These records show soldiers recorded on the Birmingham Employers Roll of Honour 1914-1918 register. There were eleven Rolls of Honour published in the UK after the First World War, with entry mostly by subscription.

21,050
Bradford Pals 1914-1918

The Bradford Pals were officially the 16th and 18th (Service) Battalions of The West Yorkshire Regiment. The Pals Regiments were the brainchild of Lord Derby, allowing young men to serve with their friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even team mates.

1,554
Britain, Trade Union Members, Service & Casualties 1914-1918

These records are do not solely featured individuals who participated in the First World War, however most of the records are related to those who served in the war. The union records frequently acknowledge those union members who have left for war, joined the services or have been killed in action.

61,063
British Army Service Records 1914-1920

Around two thirds of the 6.5 million WO 363 documents were destroyed during the bombing of the War Office Record Store in London in September 1940. Many of these records of service for NCOs and men that did survive were either burnt or damaged by water from the firemen’s hoses and are known as the “burnt documents.”

3,652,251
British Army, Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916

The Bond of Sacrifice is a biographical record of officers, who died during the First World War from the beginning of the war in 1914 until 1916. The vast majority of the names recorded are those who died before 1916.

2,607
British Army, De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918

Originally published in five volumes, Marquis De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour features biographies of Army, Navy and Air Force men (both officers and other ranks) killed in the Great War. 7,000 of these include photographs.

11,471
British Army, Deserters and Absentees In Police Gazette 1914-1919

The Police Gazette was primarily distributed to police forces around the British Isles and contained lists of persons wanted by police, missing or stolen objects, missing people and habitual criminals. It also provided lists of deserters and absentees from Britain’s armed forces. During the First Wold War these lists were produced as a supplement every fortnight.

13,301
British Army, Honourable Artillery Company

Explore a selection of rare photographs of the HAC from World War 1, full admission and regimental records 1848 to 1922. Most of the collection is focused on the years 1908 to 1922. As far as regimental records of World War One are concerned, this is one of the most complete collections you are likely to find.

71,776
British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920

By the First World War, the Northumberland Fusiliers was the second largest infantry regiment in the British Army – the London Regiment was the largest. During the Great War, the regiment received 67 battle honours with 5 Victoria Crosses awarded for gallantry. Over 16,000 infantrymen lost their lives during the conflict.

94,078
British Officers Taken Prisoner Of War 1914-1918

Discover the names of British Army Officers from over 100 regiments who banked with Messrs Cox & Co and who were prisoners of war between 1914 and 1918. These records also list those who died in captivity including at least two officers shot while attempting to escape.

7,691
British Red Cross Register Of Overseas Volunteers 1914-1918

The British Red Cross Register of Overseas Volunteers contains details of over 17,000 individuals who served overseas with the British Red Cross during the First World War, in a variety of territories. These included many French and Belgian locations such as Rouen, Etaples, Dunkirk and Boulogne. However, the records also cover service in a number of other places, including Malta, Salonica, Basra, Egypt and Italy.

17,458
British Royal Air Force, Airmens' Service Records 1912-1939

Warrant Officers, non-commissioned officers and airmen in the Royal Air Force (RAF) between 1912 and 1919. The record set contains records of more than 300,000 airmen, who were born in over 30 countries.

342,821
British Royal Air Force, Officers' Service Records 1912-1939

Officers who served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) between 1912-1920. This record set contains records of around 100,000 RAF officers.

101,266
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen

Explore this specially created collection of Royal Navy and Royal Marine records and discover your ancestor who participated in the largest naval battle of the First World War.

39,638
British Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1924

The Royal Navy Seaman records contain the complete service histories of ratings who joined the service between 1899 and 1924.

394,421
Edinburgh Pals 1914-1918

The Edinburgh Pals were officially the 15th and 16th (Service Battalions) of The Royal Scots Regiment. The Pals Battalions were the brainchild of Lord Derby, allowing young men to serve with their friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even team mates.

2,489
Essex, Clacton Roll Of Honour 1914-1918

The Clacton Roll of Honour recorded the names of the men of the town who died during the First World War.

1,100
Glasgow Pals 1914-1918

These records include details of 3,757 men who served with the 15th, 16th and 17th (Service) Battalions of The Highland Light Infantry in 1914.

3,757
Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery Archives From WW1

The Plastic Surgery archives lists 110,000 operations performed from 1917 to 1925. The Gillies Archives offer personal details that will further aid family historians to find specific persons, information such as rank, tour dates, injuries, and admission and release from the hospital.

2,858
Ireland, National Roll Of Honour 1914-1921

This collection of transcripts has been created from all known available references and collections for Irish casualties published before 1922. They include Soldiers Died in the Great War, Ireland's Memorial Records, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, newspaper items, articles and books. The material has also been cross referenced with the 1901 and 1911 Census to provide a more precise list of Irish casualties than was previously available to family historians.

24,242
Kempston Servicemen 1914-1920

The town of Kempston is located in the county of Bedfordshire. There are 885 fatalities recorded on the Kempston Servicemen 1914-20 register. 

885
Leicestershire and Rutland, Soldiers Died 1914-1920

These records have been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the SDGW (Soldiers Died in the Great War) database. There are nearly 14,000 records in the file.

13,680
Liverpool Pals 1914-1918

The Liverpool Pals were officially the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (Service) Battalions of The Kings (Liverpool Regiment). The Pals Regiments were the brainchild of Lord Derby, allowing young men to serve with their friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even team mates.

4,910
London County Council Record Of War Service 1914-1918

Each record is an original transcription from London County Council’s published roll of employees who served during the First World War. This roll was originally published in 1922 and a presentation copy given to each member of the County Council's staff who had served during the war. Original copies of these books are commonly found with a named bookplate to the individual concerned.

10,145
London Volunteer Soldiers

This collection records the names and service details of over 5,000 men, many from London, who served with a number of volunteer military units.

5,271
Manchester Employers' Roll Of Honour 1914-1916

The book 'Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour' was published in 1916 to mark the formation of the 90th and 91st Brigades of the Manchester Regiment which comprised the 16th to 23rd Battalions. The first part of the book consisted of platoon lists and photographs and the second part of Rolls of Honour compiled by companies and institutions.

62,597
Manchester Regiment City Battalions 1914-1916

These were published in book form in 1916 under the title 'Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour'. This set of records consists of an index of the names taken from these lists. Each name is linked to the platoon list in which it appears and to the corresponding platoon photograph.

11,290
National Roll Of The Great War 1914-1918

The National Publishing Company attempted, shortly after hostilities ceased, to compile a brief biography of as many participants in the War as possible. The vast majority of entries refer to combatants who survived the Great War and the National Roll is often the only source of information available.

111,825
New Zealand WW1 Soldiers

Nominal Rolls, First Division Roll and Second Division Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, plus Native Reserve Lists, Military Defaulters, Fijian Contingents and many more indexes.

288,526
Oldham Pals 1914-1920

This battalion was formed in Oldham on 24 October 1914 and was placed under the command of the 91st Infantry Brigade in the 30th Division in April 1915. The brigade was, therefore, a pure Manchester brigade. The other three battalions in the brigade were the 20th, 21st and 22nd battalions of the Manchester Regiment.

1,696
Oldham Pals Roll Of Honour

These names originally appeared in The Oldham Battalion of Comrades - Book of Honour in 1920. The first part of the book contains platoon lists and photographs and the second part includes rolls of honour which companies and institutions compiled.

1,898
Paddington Rifles 1860-1912

Battalion of volunteer soldiers from London and surrounding counties, who were to be called on in case of invasion or rebellion between 1860 and 1912.

8,636
Plymouth Rolls of Honour

The information comes from three separate rolls of honour which cover the parishes of Plymouth Charles, Plymouth Holy Trinity and Devonport St James the Great.

665
Prisoners Of War 1715-1945

This collection of records from The National Archives includes papers from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force. The records include the names of thousands of prisoners from nations around the world. Through the records you can gain insight into the experience of a prisoner of war.

1,344,230
Royal Air Force Muster Roll 1918

The Muster Roll gives basic details of the 181,625 men who were serving in the Royal Air Force in April 1918.

181,265
Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942

The information contained in this collection is taken from enlistment books which were maintained by British Army regiments during the period under consideration. Each record includes an image of the enlistment book and a transcription. 

858,171
Royal Artillery Honours and Awards

Find out more about your ancestor’s military service including the unit he served with, the awards he received, including the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order, and where he served.

16,501
Royal Fusiliers, Stockbrokers' Battalion 1914-1918

There are 1,291 men recorded on the Royal Fusiliers, Stockbrokers' Battalion 1914-1918 records. This was an independent unit (officially called the 10th Battalion), raised in the financial sector of London in 1914. They landed in Boulogne in July 1915 and they saw action in many famous battles including The Somme and Ypres.

1,291
Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920

This database is a transcription of The National Archives document classes ADM/171/167 to ADM/171/171 (inclusive), ADM/171/92 & ADM/171/139, which comprise the complete World War I Campaign Medal Rolls for the Royal Marines. Added to the transcript are service details for a large number of men, particularly those killed in action or died of wounds during WW1.

75,970
Royal Marines 1899-1919

The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as marine infantry for the Royal Navy. During the First World War, in addition to their usual stations on board war ships, Royal Marines were part of the Royal Naval Division which landed in Belgium in 1914 to help defend the port of Antwerp. They later took part in the amphibious landings at Gallipoli in 1915 and also served on the Western Front.

66,078
Royal Naval Division Service Records 1914-1920

The British Royal Naval Division was made up of men from the Royal Navy and its reserve forces. These men, who were not needed at sea, fought on land alongside the Army during World War One. The records cover more than 50,000 officers and ratings who joined the Royal Naval Division or who passed through Crystal Palace, London when it was used as an initial training centre during the First World War.

50,264
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Other Ranks - Medal Rolls 1914-1920

The Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve was founded in 1903 and formed of officers and other ranks who undertook naval training in their spare time. Unlike the Royal Navy Reserve they were not necessarily professional seamen. Known affectionately during the First World War as the “Wavy Navy” the RNVR was to take over from the earlier Royal Navy Artillery Volunteers, beginning with divisions in London, the Clyde and the Mersey.

72,264
Royal Navy Officers 1899-1919

The Royal Navy Officers records contain the complete service histories Royal Navy officers who served between 1899 and 1919.

28,702
Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920

The medals covered by the rolls are: The 1914 Star, the Clasp to the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

31,844
Royal Navy, 1914 Star Medal Roll 1914-1920

Discover your Royal Marine and Royal Navy ancestors, who were awarded medals for their service in the First World War.

12,223
Royal Sussex Regiment, Southdown Battalions 1914-1918

These transcripts were compiled using information obtained from sources including medal index cards, service records and Soldiers Died in the Great War.

3,474
Salford Pals 1914-1918

These records list almost 6,000 men who joined up in November 1914 or March 1915. They all travelled together to France in November 1915. For the first time this list will tell you which battalion your relative served in (information not given on medal records).

5,976
Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920

There are over 880,000 records of Silver War Badges issued to men and women who were honourably discharged due to illness or injury during World War One. The badge was first issued in 1916, and could be applied for by all of those discharged since the start of the war. Approximately half of the almost two million men and women who were eligible to wear the badge applied for it.

882,641
Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919

These records cover deaths within the period from 4th August 1914 (the declaration of war) to 11th November 1918 (Armistice Day) and, in some but not all cases, up to 25th March 1921.

703,811
South Africa Roll Of Honour 1914-1918

South Africans fought in the African, Asian and European theatres of war as well as working in transportation services and various trades for the war effort.

11,627
South Australia, Heroes Of The Great War, Chronicle Newspaper

This is an index of World War 1 service personnel transcribed from notices published in the South Australian newspaper The Chronicle between 1915 and 1919. The index covers over 30,000 references to notices published in the newspaper concerning approximately 10,000 different individuals.

9,779
Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933

This record set comprises details of approximately 85,000 men who attested (signed up) for service with a variety of regiments in Surrey between 1908 and 1933.

84,672
Swansea Pals, 14 Welsh Regiment

The Swansea Pals departed for the Western Front in December 1915 and became part of the 38th Welsh Division. The battalion participated in the attack on Mametz Wood in France during the First Battle of the Somme. One hundred men were lost and 300 more wounded in a single day.

931
Victoria Cross Recipients 1854-2006

The Victoria Cross is first in the order of wear in the British honours system, sharing that position only with the George Cross. It takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. Only 1,349 medals have been awarded. Three fathers and sons have won the medal.

1,349
Welsh Guards 1914-1918

These records contain the names of 4059 officers, warrant officers, NCOs and men who served with the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards during the First World War. This roll was first published in the History of the Welsh Guards which was authored by C H Dudley Ward DSO, MC and published in 1920.

4,059
WW1 Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations

These records list the full citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (and second and third award bars) in the First World War.

24,928
WW1 Naval Casualties

While the majority of First World War casualties were military there was still significant loss of life among those at sea, forming a valuable source for anyone tracing their family history. The bodies of half of those who died at sea were never recovered and disease still accounted for around one fifth of the fatalities. The records show the cause of death for each sailor and also note who was notified and where the grave was.

43,930
10.5 Million

Civilian Records

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Evidence Records
1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census

Search for your ancestors amongst the 30 million people who were living in England, Wales and Scotland on 3 April 1881, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships.

29,840,168
1891 England, Wales & Scotland Census

Search for your ancestors amongst the 33 million people who were living in England, Wales and Scotland on 5 April 1891, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships.

33,076,129
1901 England, Wales & Scotland Census

Search for your ancestors amongst the 37 million people who were living in England, Wales and Scotland on 31 March 1901, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships.

37,122,302
1911 Census For England & Wales

The 1911 census for England and Wales is available in full, with the original household pages and summary books available to view. Search for your ancestors amongst more than 36 million records for those who were living in England and Wales on 2 April 1911, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships thanks to the addition of several new census questions.

36,357,894
Births At Sea, 1854-1960

This series contains registers of the births of passengers between 1854 and 1960 compiled from ships' official logs of births, deaths and marriages of passengers at sea by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor.

15,425
British Nationals Armed Forces Births 1761-2005

The armed forces records include the registrations of British armed forces (including serving members who were not British nationals) posted overseas. This index also includes some regimental registers and chaplains' returns for army births which took place in the British Isles, for example, at barracks and garrisons

37
British Nationals Armed Forces Deaths 1796-2005

Discover whether your ancestor or relative is recorded alongside over a million other soldiers who died whilst serving in the British Army.

48,031
British Nationals Born Overseas 1818-2005

If you have a relative or ancestor who was born overseas, but was still classed as a British citizen at the time of the birth, then it is quite possible that the British Consul or the UK High Commission in the relevant jurisdiction would have been notified of the birth, allowing you to find their record within the GRO's Consular indices.

345
British Nationals Died Overseas 1818-2005

If you have a relative who died during an overseas trip, then you may be able to find their details amongst these records. Any death of a British citizen abroad usually results in a notification being sent to the relevant British Consul or the UK High Commission, which will allow you to find their details within these GRO consular indices.

193,859
Channel Islands Birth & Baptism 1820-1907

Discover if your ancestors were born on the Channel Islands with thousands of birth and baptism records dated from 1820 to 1907. Find out their name, when and where they were born as well as the names of their parents.

41,645
Deaths At Sea, 1781-1968

Discover your ancestors who died at sea aboard British-registered vessels between 1781 and 1968.  

715,875
England & Wales Births 1837-2006

Four times a year, in March, June, September, and December, all the registers for England & Wales were collated into a single countrywide index, arranged alphabetically by surname. Each quarter covers the month itself and the two preceding months.

133,107,009
England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

Four times a year, in March, June, September, and December, all the registers for England & Wales were collated into a single countrywide index, arranged alphabetically by surname. Each quarter covers the month itself and the two preceding months.

87,447,284
England & Wales Marriages 1837-2008

There are nearly one hundred million entries on the England & Wales Marriages 1837-2008 register. It became compulsory to register a marriage in July 1837.

95,653,286
Ireland Census 1901

Search for your ancestors amongst whose who were living in Ireland on 31 March 1901, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships.

4,398,289
Ireland Census 1911

Search for your ancestors amongst whose who were living in Ireland on 2 April 1911, and discover a detailed snapshot of their life at the time - their age, occupation, where they lived, who they lived with, their marital status and many more details about their lives and relationships.

4,390,240
Isle Of Man, Deaths and Burials 1598-2011

This collection holds both parish burial records and civil registration records related to deaths and burials on Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a dependency of the British Crown. Therefore, civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths are kept separate from England & Wales.

42,322
Manchester School Admissions Registers

This major collection of Manchester School Registers covers the period 1870-1916, 35 schools in total.

198,457
New South Wales Births

The New South Wales Births 1788-1914 is a comprehensive index to the birth certificates from two distinct separate sets of records: the NSW Pioneers Index – Pioneer series dating between 1788 and 1889; and the NSW Federation Index – Federation Series covering 1889 to 1918.

2,220,099
New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945

The New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945 is a comprehensive index to the death certificates from three distinct separate sets of records: the NSW Pioneers Index – Pioneer series dating between 1788 and 1889; the NSW Federation Index covering 1889 to 1918; and the NSW Between the Wars Index, spanning 1919 to 1945.

1,686,926
Northern Territory Census

This is an index of people who were recorded on the census rolls for Northern Territory, Australia from 1901 to 1921.

1,217
Tasmania Births 1803-1933

Tasmania Births 1803-1933 comprises birth records held by the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office.

211,595
Tasmania Deaths 1803-1933

Tasmania Deaths 1803-1933 comprises death records held by the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office.

102,463
Tasmania Marriages 1803-1899

The Tasmania Marriages 1803-1899 collection comprises marriage records held by the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office.

111,326
Victoria Deaths 1836-1985

This index contains death records from Victoria, Australia between 1836 and 1985.

2,523,574
469.5 Million

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