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(For archivists and users of manuscript sources for British history)

(National Archives search machine for archives in England)

London Gazette
(With the Edinburgh and Belfast editions the UK's official newspapers of record dating to 1665)


Armorial Register
(Burke's Peerage and Gentry International Register of Arms)

College of Arms
(Official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees for English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Commonwealth families)

Find My Past
(Search machine for birth, marriage, death, census and military records - Subscription)

(Search machine for birth, marriage and death registration entries from 1837 until 1983)

(Database for finding ancestors and contacting relatives around the world - Subscription)

Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

(Online transcriptions of birth, marriage and death certificates)


Houses of Parliament
(Includes information and history of the House of Commons and the House of Lords)

Office for National Statistics
(Official statistics covering the economy, population and society)

Royal Family
(History of the Monarchy, the Royal Residences and Royal Art Collection)

10 Downing Street
(History of the office and London residence of the Prime Minister)

Heritage and Nature


English Heritage

National Trust


Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Butterfly Conservation

Campaign for National Parks

Natural England

Forestry Commission


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Waterways Trust

Wildlife Trusts

Woodland Trust

Historical Societies

English Place-Name Society

Hakluyt Society
(Geographical and maritime exploration and discovery, history of navigation, voyages)

Local History Online

Royal Historical Society

Selden Society
(English legal history)


Bodleian Library

Cambridge University Library

Guildhall Library

John Rylands University Library

National Archives

Discovery (Documents Online)
(Online wills from 1384-1858)

National Archives Bookshop

University Archives

Cambridge University Archives

King's College London Archives

Oxford University Archives

World Heritage Sites
(Outside of the United Kingdom)

Located in the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific, Henderson Island was designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988.

Situated in the South Atlantic among the Tristan da Cunha Islands, Gough Island contains one of the world's largest sea bird colonies and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995. In 2004 the Inaccessible Islands were included in the site which is now known as the Gough and Inaccessible Islands.

In 2000 the
Historic Town and Fortifications of St George on Bermuda were designated a World Heritage Site. Founded in 1612 the town of St George is the oldest English town in the New World.

In 2016 the
Gorham's Cave Complex on Gibraltar was designated a World Heritage Site. The site contains evidence of Neanderthal life dating back 100,000 years.

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