In researching the careers of MPs who sat in the Commons between 1832 and 1868, and the electoral histories of the constituencies they represented, we make extensive use of online resources. On this page we have compiled a list of the some of the best websites we use that are free to access. This list is by no means exhaustive and will be frequently updated, so if you know of a resource we should feature, please leave us a comment below or contact us via our Twitter feed (@TheVictCommons).


History of Parliament Online The main History of Parliament site, providing access to all the material published to date, including the House of Commons, 1820-32 volumes. For access to the 1832-68 volumes (in preparation) click here.

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Canadian Dictionary of Biography

New Zealand Dictionary of Biography

Welsh Biography online

Dod’s parliamentary companion (for 1847, 1852, 1854-9)


Acts of Parliament

Commons Journals online

Hansard There are several ways to access Hansard online:

The Parliamentary Archives has also produced a useful guide to online resources (some free and some via subscription) on parliamentary history:


19th-century British pamphlets

Army Lists

British History Online

Gentleman’s Magazine

Haydn’s Book of Dignities

London Gazette

Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Queen Victoria’s Journals

Welsh Newspapers Online


Historical Directories

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

British Industrial History

Leigh Rayment’s Peerage

Church of England Clergy

Sandhurst Collection

Royal Navy Officers

Inner Temple Admissions

Cambridge University Alumni Database

Oxford University Alumni (digitised version of printed volumes)

Lost Country Houses

Landed families


Vision of Britain

National Library of Scotland

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