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Scottish records include directories from 1406 to 1949, landowner records, parish registers, school/university registers and wills.

Irish records include directories, wills, land owner and heraldry/pedigree records.

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International records include directories, early passenger lists to America, civil service lists, almanachs, electoral registers and telephone directories.

Almanachs are annual publications containing data and statistics for the area. Many of these also include residential and business listings, similar to those found in directories.

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Records are book images (Printed Books), with search tools that enable you to enter a name and view results within the records, or browse through the images with the aid of bookmarks.

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Online access to Royal Records, available to search and with images of the original pages, from 43AD to 1937. These records cover various royals, their families, Peerages and those who fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War.

Notably including, 'The Blood Royal of Britain'. A complete table of all the living descendants of Edward III, Edward IV, Henry VII and James III from the Plantagenet Rolls up to the mid 19th century. Each issue is compiled by the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval and contains both illustrative trees and descendancy notes.

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Early UK telephone directories ranging from 1899 to 1940, and international phone books for areas of Australia ranging from 1924 to 1936.

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The Tithe Records provide a unique view into our ancestral heritage by providing details of ownership and occupancy of land throughout England and Wales, revealing a wealth of information about people, places and landmarks in the Victorian era. The Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 meant records were taken, as with the Doomsday Book, of the land ownership and occupancy, land uses and sizes, and the rents to be paid.

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Heraldic Visitations began in 1530 and were tours of inspection undertaken by Kings of Arms in order to regulate and register the coats of arms of nobility and gentry, and to record pedigrees. As surviving visitation records include pedigrees and often the evidence that was used to prove these, including family details, background and ages, their records provide important source material for genealogists.

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