Genealogy Archive and Marketplace

Our archive contains thousands of historic items indexed by name and place including Family Bibles, photos, letters, deeds and diaries.

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.




The Past on Paper marketplace

Browse and trade original historic items from your family history, for sale in The Past on Paper marketplace

Browse our archives by Surname

We currently have 1878 people indexed from historic documents and photos. Surnames indexed include:
Abbotts, Allan, Ames, Archer, Backus, Bailey, Bancroft, Bartlett, Bartram, Batty, Belchin, Benns, Blake, Bodenham, Bodine, Bodsworth, Bolton, Boston, Bradford, Brand, Brazier, Brigham, Brooks, Chambers, Chart, Chivers, Cock, Collinson, Collmann, Conquest, Cooper, Cowlen, Crawley, Currie, Dance, Davidson, Davison, Dawson, Dewhurst, Dilley, Doman, Doncaster, Douglas, Drewitt, Eason, Eddowes, Edroll, Eliot, Ellwood, Ensum, Eustace, Fair, Falconbridge, Flood, Forcey, Forster, Fox, Fry, Fuller, Gammell, Gensmill, George, Goddard, Goldthorpe, Gooch, Gooding, Goschen, Goswell, Gow, Gowdie, Granger, Gregory, Hall, Halton, Hardy, Hart, Hedges, Herrington, Hill, Hindley, Hitchcock, Hobson, Hogarth, Holt, Houslop, Howard, Hughes, Humphreys, Huncombe, Hyde, Ingersoll, Ingersolls, Ingram, Ison, Jefferds, Jenkins, Jones, Joseph, Kelham, Kellahm, Kellham, Kirke, Laurie, Laycock, Leach, Leeman, Leeson, Lewis, Lickfield, Lister, Lockwood, Lowe, MacDermott, Marsden, McCartney, McColson, McIll, McLachlan, Mellen, Melville, Middleton, Moore, Morgan, Mortlock, Murr, Musket, Nayler, Needham, Neirynck, Neville, Newman, Nightingale, Nilsson, Northcote, Nugent, Nussey, O'Reilly, Odescalcti, Owens, Page, Papworth, Parker, Parkinson, Peach, Pedros, Piper, Pratt, Pringle, Pugh, Purser, Rankin, Reade, Reynolds, Richard, Rita, Roberts, Robinson, Rook, Salmon, Sanderson, Scammel, Scorer, Shedal, Shee, Shepherd, Sledman, Smythe, Snow, Stevens, Suckling, Sunetaker, Tarlton, Taviner, Thacker, Thompson, Todd, Twarmley, Upton, Van Nest, Vanderhoof, Varley, Walker, Wallingford, Wallis, Walsh, Walters, Walton, Watchom, Waterman, Webb, Weedon, Welch, Westmorland, Weston, Wetherall, Wheble, Whitwell, Wilbraham, Wilson, Winks



Browse by Location

Find people who lived or events that happened near you on our interactive map