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National Archives guides and more

TNA entrance

One of the largest collections of records used by family historians is at The National Archives (TNA). Its well-equipped premises are a short walk from Kew Gardens station, which is served by the District line (Underground) and the North London line (Overground). In many cases, researchers from outside the London area travel with the coach parties that are organised by some of our member societies.

It is always wise to identify the records that we want to consult before arriving at a record office, even if it is not necessary or possible to order all the documents in advance. Visitors to the TNA find the large series of research guides extremely helpful when preparing the next stages of their investigations. You can explore online the subjects covered by these guides, either by searching by category or by using an A-Z index. The "Family History" category alone features 207 different guides. Many more can be found under other categories such as "Military & maritime", "Criminals, courts and prisons" and "Land and maps".

Most guides contain links to other relevant information either on the TNA website or elsewhere. If you still have questions on the subject, it is easy to move on to contact TNA for advice by email, phone or live chat.


Francis Howcutt
FFHS Archives Liaison

5 July 2016

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