Online Resources: UK Medical Registers,1859-1959

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If you’ve ever tried to trace a medical ancestor by wading through the printed volumes of the UK Medical Registers then you’ll be pleased to hear that after a successful trial period, Wellcome Library users now have online access to the Registers through our new subscription to Ancestry Library Edition.

The Medical Registers were published annually, and list all the doctors who were licensed to practice in the UK, including foreign doctors who qualified here. Residence, qualification and date of registration are also included. The online version contains the Registers at four-yearly intervals from 1859-1959, and is available to our registered readers both within the Library and offsite.

The Registers are part of a suite of family history sources on Ancestry Library Edition, including census records, births marriages and deaths, and parish records – all now available online to our registered readers.

More details on how to access the Registers online are available through the Library catalogue.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please email the Library Acquisitions Team on

Image: Portrait of William Henry Ackland (circa. 1825 – 1898), general practitioner of Bideford, Devon (MS.5418

Author: Aileen Cook

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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