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Searching for ancestors in medieval England can be fascinating. Extensive collections survive in English archives dating back to the Domesday Book (1086 A.D.). Medieval records most often record activities of nobility and the landed class. They are typically written in Latin or Old French, but modern English translations are available for many record groups.

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Treaty RollsWillsAdmiralty RecordsAdmiralty RecordsAncient CorrespondenceAssize RollsState Papers ColonialState Papers ColonialState Papers DomesticState Papers ForeignState Papers ForeignChancery WarrantsCartae Antiquae RollsCartulariesChancellor's RollChancery ProceedingsCharter RollsCheque RollsClose RollsColonial Office RecordsConfirmation RollsControlment RollsCoram Rege RollsCoroners' RollsCourt of RequestsCourt of Wards and Liveries, PleadingsCuria Regis RollsDe Banco RollsDecree RollsAncient DeedsDispensation RollsDomesday BookEssoin RollsEyre RollsFeet of FinesFoederaFeudal AidsFine RollsGaol Delivery RollsGascon RollsInquisitions Ad Quod DamnumEngland Domesday Book, Monastic Cartularies, Hundred Rolls, Valor Ecclesiasticus, Parliamentary Surveys, National Farm Surveys (National Institute)#Hundred Rolls of Edward I .E2.80.93 1279 Hundred RollsInquisitions MiscellaneaeInquisitions Post MortemLiberate RollsManorial RecordsMemoranda RollsNorman RollsOriginalia RollsPapal LettersParliament RollsPatent RollsPipe RollsPlea RollsPlea Rolls, Exchequer of the JewsPraestita RollsPrivy Council ProceedingsQuarter SessionsQuo Warranto, Placita deRoman RollsScotch RollsScutage RollsStar Chamber RecordsSubsidy RollsTesta de NevilleTithe RecordsWardrobe and Household AccountsTithe RecordsTreaty RollsEnglish Lay Subsidies Subsidy RollsValor EcclesiasticusPipe RollsPatent RollsOriginalia RollsMemoranda RollsFoederaFeet of FinesEssoin RollsDe Banco RollsCoram Rege RollsControlment RollsColonial Office RecordsClose RollsChancery ProceedingsChancellor's RollCartulariesWardrobe and Household AccountsWelsh RollsWillsState Papers Domestic60%

With special thanks to Paul C. Reed, FASG for compiling this chart.

Prosopography[edit | edit source]

  • 597-1042 - Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England. Online.
  • 400s-1400s - Cawley. Medieval Lands: A Prosopography of Medieval European Noble and Royal Families. Online.
  • 1066-1166 - Keats-Rohan. Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066-1166, Volume I: Domesday Book. 1999. FHL 942 H2kr v. 1
  • 1066-1166 - Keats-Rohan. Continental Origins of English Landholders 1066-1166. 1995. FHL 942 D32kr
  • 1066-1166 - Keats-Rohan. Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066-1166, Volume II: Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum. 2002. FHL 942 D3kk
  • Medieval-present - Dictionary of National Biography. Online.
  • 1093-1314 - People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314. Online.
  • 1100-1520 - Medieval Londoners. Online.
  • 1216-1286 - People of Northern England 1216-1286. Online.
  • Medieval-1800s - Shaw. The Knights of England. 1906. Online: Vol. I | Vol. II.
  • 1386-1832 - Member Biographies. The History of Parliament. Online.
  • 1400s - Rogers. Fifteenth-Century Biographical Index. Online.
  • Medieval - Emden's Biographical Registers to 1500 (Univ. of Cambridge students). Online.
  • Medieval - Emden's Biographical Registers to 1540 (Univ. of Oxford students). Online.
  • 1261-1900 - Alumni Cantabrigienses (Univ. of Cambridge students).Online.

Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • Medieval - Cokayne et al. The Complete Peerage. Online | Corrections and additions.
  • Medieval-1900s - Ruvigny et al. The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal. Online.
  • Medieval - Heraldic Visitations. Guide to online records at Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy.
  • Medieval - Baldwin, Farmerie, and Stewart. The Henry Project: The Ancestors of King Henry II of England Online.
  • Medieval-present - Roberts. The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants. Online.
  • Medieval-1800s - Royal and Noble Houses of Europe, Medieval Unit (FamilySeach). Online - change "All" to "Community Trees" in dropdown above Search button
  • Medieval-1900s - Welsh Medieval Database Primarily Nobility and Gentry Lines, Medieval Unit (FamilySearch). Online - change "All" to "Community Trees" in dropdown above Search button
  • Medieval-present - Genealogics by Leo van de Pas. Online.
  • Medieval-1600s - Richardson. Royal Ancestry. Amazon.

Websites[edit | edit source]