Over 527,000 records schools from 8 separate archives across England have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection. The collection, which was originally launched in September 2014, has had over 160,000 records added in this latest update and it now complete.

The National School Admission Registers & Log-books records are the result of a landmark project between schools, record offices and archives throughout England and Wales. The project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and has brought together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project ever undertaken.

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books from the period leading up to World War One include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including your ancestor's birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents' names, father's occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.