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The Original Record

Nature of Source

The site contains online access to indexes and scans of historical books and original printed documents relating to families in the British Isles and the colonies.

The range of sources include marriage licences, probate abstracts, parliamentary papers including state papers domestic and private bills, abstracts of bankrupts, pedigrees and extracts from the Gentleman's Magazine. The entries are only surname indexed so searches can only be carried out by surname. A surname can be added to a wish list as new documents are added. New additions to the site can be monitored at the GenealogyBlog.

The Surname Source Books is a facility allowing users to order an ebook or DVD containing extracted entries for individual surnames from the 10 million and more records on Each ebook contains the full set of descriptions and matching scans for the particular surname.

Where Found

Period Covered

1000 - 1900

Genealogical Value

Dates and places of birth, marriage and death. People's ages, occupations and addresses.