1920 Valuation Rolls go online
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Find out more about your family in the capital with this excellent Victorian resource
Want to search for wills and administrations for the British Isles from 1861-1941? You can do so at Ancestry.
The 1901 Irish Census is now available online for free at www.census.nationalarchives.ie. Unlike the British equivalents, the original schedules survive and include significantly more details.
If you have ancestors who ran their own businesses, the National Register of Archives (NRA) database is a great resource.
Events concerning our ancestors may not have made the national news, but you could find a report in the local press.
Sometimes, birth and death certificates only give the address of where the event occurred, which can make it hard to locate surviving records. However, Hospital Records Database, a joint project between the Wellcome Library and The National Archives, contains almost 3,000 entries searchable by place as well as name.
Sometimes tracking down your ancestors by name in the census records is a thankless task. However, The Genealogist has a search engine that lets you search for places rather than people.
Probably the most comprehensive online catalogue of archive holdings around the country is Access to Archives, www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a. The only problem is that a name search can be too specific and a general search can give you an overwhelming list of results. The secret is in using the advanced search feature.