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Answers to Genealogy FAQs - 100-Year Sealed Records

Some sources which are sealed for 100 years in England include the following:

  • census;

  • hospital patients' records, closure largely calculated from date of last document in a file;

  • hospital staff records are closed for 75 years from the last date of the document;

  • hospital administrative records are closed for 30 years, e.g. accounts and minutes of meetings;

  • workhouse records;

  • the 1939 National Registration records;

  • files pertaining to incarcerated prisoners;

  • some calendars of prisoners;

  • some briefs and case papers from borough Quarter Sessions files relative to coroners' inquests, natural and sudden deaths, financial records and coroners' papers;

  • records pertaining to children

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