British Newspapers Online


The British Library, in conjunction with Gale, Cengage Learning have many newspapers online at There are 47 titles available giving coverage of London, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from 1800 to 1900. Two of the newpapers, the Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic can be viewed free of charge. Many public libraries have a subscription either on-site or from home. Buckinghamshire Library members have free access from home see Bucks Library Service for details 

Obtaining GRO Certificates

Birth Certificate-thumbnailThe Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths started in 1837. The registers are held by the local Registrar with a copy deposited at the General Register Office (GRO). Copies of these certificates can be obtained either by ordering on-line or by post. The cheapest way to obtain copy certificates is to order direct from the GRO.

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Old Bailey Trial Records On-Line

Old Bailey Records On-line.

Have you got any ancestors you prefer not to talk about?  The Old Bailey has on line the accounts of 197,745 trials.  Search the index by name of accused, witnesses etc and get a full account of the trial

Transportation Database

The State Library of Queensland, Australian has created a database from the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867. The database has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm. You can find details for over 123 000 of the estimated 160 000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries - names, term of years, transport ships and more.

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Free BMD indexes at TNA

In response to growing demand, The National Archives has agreed free onsite internet access to the birth, deaths and marriages indexes, through, the UK family history website.

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Parliament and the Slave Trade

'Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600 - 1807' ( is a new website from the Parliamentary Archives, using original source material, interwoven with narrative from expert historians, to tell the story of Parliament's complex relationship with the British slave trade. The website enables visitors, anywhere in the world, to examine key documents, engage with the issues and voice their views.

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