Step-by-step: Finding vaccination records
Locate vaccination registers, parish vestry records, or pioneers’ papers using our advice
to The National Archives (TNA) Discovery online catalogue, at http://discovery. nationalarchives.gov.uk/. Type ‘vaccination’ into the search box, or simplysearchfor‘smallpox’, which more likely return results vaccinations performed by parish vestries (ie. under the Old Poor Law, so before 1834). Alternatively, search the relevant county record office online catalogue, if known.
SEARCH TNA DISCOVERY CHOOSE ARCHIVE
the results appear, look at the drop-down box on the left and choose either ‘Held by National Archives’ or ‘Other Archives’. If you click on the first option, you can order documents to be viewed at TNA; some may be available as digital downloads. Otherwise, click on ‘Other Archives’, then ‘Refine’.
3Choosethe particular archive you want from the drop-down list, then click ‘Refine’ again. If you don’t knowwhich archive you want, you will have to trawl through more results. Next, refine the results by date or location.
4Click on the documents you are interested in. Note down the relevant reference number for when you visit the archive (or ‘print the screen’ to avoid copying errors). Therecordlistingmay also mentionif it is restricted access, due to data protection issues – this is likely for records less than 100 years old.
5Now click on ‘Held by’ - this takes you to a web page with information on the archive’s location and contact details. Click on the archive’s own website (if listed) check its catalogue to see if the record you want is restricted access, and make a note of opening times.