About The Past on Paper
We are a unique genealogy marketplace and archive, crowdsourcing unique items and information for family and local historians.
Our community members list antique Family Bibles, old photographs, letters, wills, deeds, diaries, maps, ephemera and other historical items to share with historians around the World. Many items are for sale, others are listed simply to preserve the information. Items come from antique shops, junk shops, car boot sales, online auction sites and personal collections.
You can search our archive by name, browse our map for items or events near you, scroll our growing list of surnames or even find items by category.
Our archive is free to search and browse although we ask that you create a free account to view some data.
Browse our archives by Surname
Browse by Location
Find people who lived or events that happened near you on our interactive map
Latest Items indexed in our Local History and Genealogy Archive
Some of our favourites items from the marketplace
The Past on Paper Marketplace Categories
Browse and trade original historic items from your family history, for sale in The Past on Paper marketplace