Key to Ancestry.com's success is our ability to continually expand the extensive collection of historical records available on our websites, indexed and including original images. Our UK members currently enjoy access to 870 million local records.
We enjoy strong relationships with a range of partners, some of whom we work with continuously to preserve their historical record collections. Through our global digitisation programme, we are able to preserve many rarely seen, fragile original records, provide our partners with a digital copy while also making them available on our website, often for the first time, for all family history researchers to use and enjoy.
Below is further information and links to the websites of a number of our respected UK partners.
If you have an historical record collection you wish to discuss, please contact Dan Jones at [email protected].
London Metropolitan Archives hold over 80 kilometres of historical and modern records, plans, audio-visual and printed materials about the capital of England and its people over the last millennium. London's leading provider of historical information, LMA is focused on preserving the records in its care and its extraordinary collections.
LMA has partnered with Ancestry.com to bring a staggering 77 million records, spanning over 400 years of London history, online for the very first time.
The collection will take several years to index and image, with the first records having gone live on Ancestry.com websites in March 2009. When complete, people around the world with ancestral connections to London will now be able to explore their family's London history from the comfort of their own home. To visit the London Metropolitan Archives website click here.
The National Archives is the UK Government's official archive, containing 900 years of history from the Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites.
Increasing and improving access to public records is one of The National Archives' priorities. One way this is achieved is by working with commercial partners to digitise and provide access to large historical record collections online, making The National Archives' most important holdings available anytime, and anywhere.
Ancestry.com enjoys a longstanding partnership with The National Archives, bringing to life series' of records including England and Wales Censuses and British Army World War One Service and Pension Records.
To visit The National Archives website click The National Archives.
The Western Front Association (WFA) is dedicated to educating the public about The Great War, and to those battles fought on the Western Front in particular. It has more than 6,500 members and 60 associations worldwide supporting a range of remembrance projects, publishing journals and organising member and public events.
Ancestry.com, in partnership with the WFA, hosts the World War One Medal Rolls Index, which were created by the Army Medal Office during World War One to record the details about an individual's medal entitlement. The WFA owns and has maintained this collection for many years.
To visit the WFA website click The Western Front Association.
In November 2007, BT, in partnership with Ancestry.com, completed the online launch of the British phone books, 1880-1984 - the contents of BT's historical phone book collection. Included are more than 175 million names in 1780 different phone books.
The partnership came about through BT's commitment to giving the public greater access to the nation's telecommunications heritage, both physically and virtually. BT Archives (www.bt.com/archives), which stores the original British phone book collection, is a designated place of deposit for Public Records where researchers can consult original documents that tell the story of BT and its predecessors.
More information on the history of communications can be found at www.connected-earth.com, BT's museum on the Internet.
FreeBMD is an ongoing project of Free UK Genealogy. The aim of FreeBMD is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.
Ancestry.com has proudly sponsored the work of FreeBMD, and in return, an archived version of FreeBMD's databases are hosted on Ancestry.co.uk, providing a high quality, vital resource for family history enthusiasts. Corrections to our copy, and later transcriptions, can be found on FreeBMD.
FreeBMD is a part of FreeUKGEN family, which also includes reeCENN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers).
To visit the FreeBMD website click FreeBMD.
In March 2011, Ancestry.co.uk, in partnership with Peopletracer, launched Living Relative Search, a new online search tool which helps people find lost family members and connect their past and present.
As a new division of leading UK data specialist Tracesmart, Peopletracer uses a variety of records including electoral rolls, telephone directories, land registry information and Google maps. The service aims to ensure that every search is as quick and convenient as possible, providing help and support every step of the way.
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) was founded in 1961 from The School of Family History, founded in 1957. It is renowned for its wide range of courses on family history, heraldry and related family history subjects. It also boasts major family history library with more than 30,000 items, many original documents and resources for both professional and amateur genealogists, amorists and students.
In partnership with the IHGS, Ancestry, through its site Ancestry.co.uk, hosts online two important pre-BMD collections - the Pallots Marriage and Birth Indexes for England from 1780 to 1837.
To visit the IHGS website click IHGS.
The Royal Aero Club is the national coordinating body for Air Sport in the United Kingdom. The Club's history and origins date back to 1901 when it was founded as a Club for balloonists. Its principal role is to co-ordinate, promote and protect all forms of recreational and competitive Air Sport in the UK, and to represent UK Air Sport internationally.
To visit the RAeC website click Royal Aero Club.
The Royal Aero Club Trust was founded as a Charity in 1998, with two objectives:
1. To conserve the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom collection of memorabilia and to disseminate its contents to a much wider public.
2. To promote the development of young people by helping them to achieve their physical, social and spiritual potential through participation in air sports and aviation related activities.
The Club's archive is stored at the Royal Air Force Museum and is available to researchers by appointment.
To visit the Royal Aero Club Trust website click Royal Aero Club Trust.
In partnership with the Royal Aero Club and with the support of the RAeC Trust, Ancestry.com now hosts online for the first time the complete collection of Aviators' Certificates and Record Cards, including all the available photographs.