and the British Library are working together on an exciting project to digitise a treasure trove of family history resources that the library holds. When we launch the collection in 2012, the records will be available online and fully searchable for the first time.

The project will involve scanning the UK electoral registers that cover the century that followed the Reform Act of 1832, along with records of baptisms, marriages and burials drawn from the archives of the India Office.

This fantastic collection is another step that we're taking to make researching your past even quicker and simpler. Searching these records would previously only have been possible by carrying out hours of manual searching in the library's reading rooms.

Elaine Collins, our commercial director, said: 'We're very excited to be involved with this fascinating project. The electoral rolls are the great missing link for family historians: after censuses and civil registration indexes, they provide the widest coverage of the whole population.

'To have Irish and Scottish records alongside England and Wales is also a huge advantage. These records will join the 1911 census, Chelsea Pensioner Service Records and many more datasets available online at, which enable people to make fantastic discoveries day after day.'

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