Thursday, 19 January 2012

TNA microfilms offer - overseas participation

A British GENES reader in Canada has been in touch to ask if you have to be a UK resident to apply for the microfilms going free in a lottery from the National Archives at Kew. I've contacted TNA and have now received the following response:

People/societies overseas can apply but collection from Kew on the specified days would still be required

This alludes to a condition laid out in the original press release, as follows:

We are not seeking payment for these films, but successful applicants must collect the films and meet all costs associated with removing the films from The National Archives in Kew. The films must be collected, by appointment, on one of the following days: 20 February, 27 February, 5 March, or 12 March 2012.

The full announcement again is at

So - yes, you can take part in the lottery if you live overseas, but it's up to you to have the films picked up if you win!

Good luck! :)



  1. There is a link to this information from from the page with the announcement, but it's worth pointing out that most of the films are already available (free) as Digital Microfilm pdf files on DocumentsOnline
    The exception is the WO97 films which are on Findmypast as part of the Chelsea Pensioners collection.