NATIONAL ARCHIVES RESEARCH

 

At the National Archives (TNA), I can search sources relating to:

 

Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy service  also:

 

Pre-1858 PCC Wills & Administrations - Before 1858, probate matters were dealt with by ecclesiastical courts.  The Prerogative Court of Canterbury covered the whole of England & Wales, but was not the only ecclesiastical court where a will could be proved or administration granted. You can search an index to PCC Wills online and download a copy of any will of interest.  These copies are sourced from the appropriate will register.  Pre-1858 wills can be difficult to read.  I offer a transcription service for wills proved between 1750 and 1858; please enquire .  The on-line PCC wills index does not include PCC Administrations (Admons), sometimes issued when the deceased person did not leave a will.  I can search for a PCC Administration at the National Archives: please enquire

 

Death Duties - Death Duty Registers give date of death and may be annotated with notes regarding beneficiaries named in a will.  If a person died intestate (leaving no will), there may be a Death Duty Register entry recording how their estate was distributed.

 

Bankruptsbankruptcy; debtors;

 

Convicts and prisoners: including criminal registers; calendars of prisoners, prison records, transportation; prison hulk records; trial records; indictments, depositions, process books, petitions for clemency, Gaol Delivery and Assize records. London Metropolitan Archives also holds records relating to London and Middlesex convicts and prisoners.   Read memories of conditions on board prison hulks moored at Woolwich .  Note that Quarter Sessions records are generally held at county record offices. 

 

Divorce:  I can search for a divorce between 1858 and 1938.  For searches of the index to more recent divorces post-1938 contact:  Principal Registry of the Family Division, Decree Absolute Section, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, LONDON WC1V 6NP.

 

 

© Michael Harrison, grandson of a railwayman
© Michael Harrison, grandson of a railwayman

Railway employees:  I can search surviving railway staff records; railway staff magazines and for archive photos of railway stations.

 

The arrival of the railway in rural areas provided employment opportunities for former agricultural workers.  The eventual place of employment of an employee of a railway company could be at some distance from his place of birth, as transfers to other stations occurred on promotion or to meet the demands of the railway company's operation.  Sons might enter employment with the same railway company as their father.

 

Please contact me for a free initial assessment of your enquiry.

 

 

Records relating to the Great Western Railway are particularly extensive.

 

Men who worked on the construction of railways were employed by a contractor or sub-contractor, not by the railway, so no staff records for these men will be found in railway company archives.

 

I can also search for details of railway accidents, involving railway employees and/or members of the public. 

 

London Transport and London General Omnibus Company staff records are not at the National Archives.  The most useful London Transport and London General Omnibus Company records for family history are retained by Tfl (Transport for London) and can be consulted at their London archive search room.  Please contact me if a family member was employed by the London General Omnibus Company or London Transport and you require research at Tfl Archives formerly London Transport Archives.

 

PARISH REGISTERS - ALL ENGLAND

I can search records of the London Family History Centre currently located at the National Archives. Their records include microfilm copies of parish registers and/or Bishop's Transcripts for all counties in England as well as Bishop's Transcripts and other parish chest and Poor Law material.  I can search any IGI and LDS records held on-site at the National Archives:

 

Search the Family Search catalogue by the place name you're researching.  Leave the other box on its default setting of "Any".  If you find an item of interest, please cut and paste the details and contact me to enquire about a search.  I can check whether the microfilm is held at TNA.  

 

Have you found an entry of interest in the IGI or on Family Search?  You can contact me to ask if I can find and copy or transcribe the full entry from the parish register.

 

The London Family History Centre LDS parish register microfilms of the registers from which the IGI was compiled will be transferred to the Society of Genealogists' Library during the summer of 2017.  

 

Transcripts of monumental inscriptions (gravestone inscriptions) for many parishes throughout England are held in the Society of Genealogists' Library, the British Library and elsewhere; please contact me with details of the parishes of interest and I'll advise whether I can search relevant records.

 

OLD TRADE DIRECTORIES - ALL ENGLAND

Local trade and residential directories for most locations in England can be searched at the National Archives, or in the library of the Society of Genealogists.  Please request a quote for a directory search , including the district and years of interest in your enquiry .