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Parliamentary Archives


Houses of Parliament


020 7219 3074


020 7219 2570




The archive holds the records of House of Lords and the House of Commons dating from 1497. The archived material includes acts, bills, private acts, petitions, protestation returns, deposited plans and naturalizations. Consult chancery records for earlier parliamentary records. A number of lists or returns of Roman Catholics can be found in the archives.

Private Acts were used, amongst other things, to gain naturalization and divorces before the reforms during the 19th century. Bills were submitted to parliament to gain approval for the construction of roads, railways and canals and the documents can contain the names of many individuals involved in the process.

Search for legislation from 1267 to the present day at The online catalogue can be found at A set of User Guides including Family History Sources can be found at the website including ‘Family History at the Parliamentary Archives’ ‘Family history case studies’.

Also see
TNA Research Guide: Looking for records of Parliament
FamilySearch Research Wiki Guide: The Parliamentary Archives (U.K.)