Friday, 9 October 2015

Manorial Documents Register moves to Discovery

News from the National Archives in England (courtesy of an update from the Federation of Family History Societies), concerning the online presentation of the Manorial Documents Register:

We would like to update you on the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) search within Discovery (, which we launched earlier this summer.

The new MDR search replaces the platform, which will be retired on 30 October 2015.

The MDR identifies the nature and location of manorial records. A standard Discovery search will show general information about manorial records held at The National Archives and elsewhere; the powerful new manor search tool provides information about manorial records as defined by the Manorial Documents Rules.

More and more researchers from across the UK and beyond are using Discovery to find information about records held by other archives. We hope that integrating the MDR into Discovery will increase its visibility and make the service more accessible to all users whether they are familiar with using the MDR or not.

Originally a paper-based register, the MDR is gradually being updated and made available online. You can find up to date information about this work on our project page ( We would like to say thank you to all of those who have contributed to the growth of the Register and to the generosity of the funding bodies who have supported this.

The landing page for the manor search retains the title of 'Manorial Documents Register'. This is an acknowledgment of the legal status of the MDR but also demonstrates our commitment to its delivery and presentation as a defined entity in Discovery.

We have sought extensive user feedback throughout the development process and we have already implemented a number of enhancements to ensure that this resource offers the same high level of service as its predecessor. We continue to welcome feedback on the development of Discovery, which helps inform our on-going programme of documenting, prioritising and developing enhancements. Please email or use the feedback form within Discovery.

For more information searching the Register using Discovery visit: or read our blog:

Jonathan Cates
Collections Knowledge Manager (Finding Archives) | Archives Sector Development
The National Archives
+44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Beryl Evans
FFHS Archives Liaison Officer

(With thanks to both)


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