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Find your family tree at the National Archives

PUBLISHED: 16:24 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 20 February 2013

If you've ever thought about doing your own family tree, the National Archives in Kew is certainly a great place to start

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2010


If youve ever thought about doing your own family tree, the National Archives in Kew is certainly a great place to start


Places to visit: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, SurreyTW9 4DU. Tel: 0208 876 3444. Entry is free.



  • Using the Archives vast range of family records, visitors to Kew can begin their exciting journey to discovering the lives of their ancestors.

  • The BBC made extensive use of the archives at Kew for their 2006 series Who Do You Think You Are? using its resources to unearth the family secrets of various celebs, including Wimbledon-born Kate Humble.

  • Followers of the series will remember Kate discovering that her great great great-grandfather was involved in a terrible mining disaster in 1862. On a happier note, she was proud to make the discovery that her late grandfather, Bill Humble, was an esteemed RAF pilot in the Second World War.

  • Kevin Whately (Detective Sergeant Lewis from Inspector Morse) also participated in the series, and discovered a Surrey connection, too His great great great great-grandmother, Mary Thompson, was buried at the church of St John the Baptist in Malden.

  • For those that arent lucky enough to have the National Archives right on their doorstep, the web-staff have recently created an online genealogy programme whereby you can trace your ancestor history from your own home.


For more information, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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