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A number of our archives have dedicated search tools:

York Cause Papers

Search York Cause Papers

A searchable catalogue of cases heard in the Church Courts of the diocese of York, 1300-1858.

These records offer an extremely valuable resource for family and local historians and scholars interested in social, ecclesiastical, economic and legal history.


Findmypast now contains entries from both our Parish Registers and Probate/Marriage bond collections (the latter formerly available via British Origins):


Over 3.2 million entries from the historic Parish Registers and Bishops' transcripts which we care for are available online in conjunction with

The entries include indexed images of registers of baptism, marriage and burial from over 350 parishes from Yorkshire and beyond, spanning over 450 years of history. The collection also includes entries from our Bishops' transcripts collection, and so includes copies of parish entries from the whole of Yorkshire.

Access to is free of charge on-site at the Borthwick and many other local libraries.

A full list of the items that are available online: Findmypast spreadsheet

Probate and Marriage Bonds and Allegations

A great resource for family historians and other researchers, our probate indexes and marriage bonds are searchable through the National Wills Index and British Origins.

Currently available online:

This project is on-going, and more index material for the Prerogative and Exchequer courts is being prepared to complete the series.

Lascelles Barbados Papers

Search the Lascelles Barbados Papers

A number of documents from the Lascelles Barbados Papers have been photographed and fully transcribed and are available to view online.

A searchable database provides access to information on nearly 500 other documents.

York Digital Library

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Some of our collections are available to browse and download through York Digital Library.

Aero Girl paintings from the Rowntree archive Photographs of the Aero Girl paintings, commissioned for an early 1950s advertising campaign
Archbishops' Registers of the Diocese of York, 1225-1646 A sample selection of medieval and early modern Registers of the Archbishops of York
Garden History Images Currently Ling Beeches and St. Nicholas Garden
Lord Halifax diaries The wartime diaries of Lord Halifax, 1940-46, written for and circulated to his family. This work is ongoing and so not all of the diaries are currently available online
Music Preserved Digitised music recordings from the Music Preserved Archive. Currently includes material from Charles Mackerras and Richard Lewis but this collection will expand
Raymond Burton Archive Playbills The playbills date from the nineteenth century and advertise productions at various theatres in Yorkshire
Society of the Sacred Mission Images Digitised glass slides from the archives of the Society of the Sacred Mission. Images include locations in Israel and other parts of the Middle East and churches and activities in England
Trevor Wishart Materials relating to Trevor Wishart's 1982 recording: Globalalia
University Oral history project The archive from the University of York's 50th anniversary oral history project, including the interviews themselves and transcriptions
Vickers Instruments Images Images digitised from glass negatives and glass lantern slides, documenting the products and work of the companies Troughton & Simms, T. Cooke & Sons and Cooke, Troughton & Simms