This checklist of Research Sources should be used in conjunction with the Guidelines for Research pages of this website, and in particular chapter 3.
[Please Note: whilst many searches through the websites listed below are free, some will require a subscription for detailed information. Local Libraries may hold subscriptions for sites such as newspaper archives.]
The British Library is often a very useful source of information; the website is: www.bl.uk
The Postal Museum has a Catalogue which is searchable on-line at: https://www.postalmuseum.org
The Royal Philatelic Society London: www.rpsl.org.uk has a comprehensive index, called the Catalogue, which links to its journal The London Philatelist; to the society’s library, to Global Philatelic Libraries and to the De La Rue Collection. The catalogue can be found at: http://www.rpsl.org.uk/catalogue.asp
Further examples of major philatelic library catalogues include: The Global Philatelic Library web site at: http://www.globalphilateliclibrary.org and the catalogue of the American Philatelic Research Library is at: https://stamps.org/About-the-Library
The Find My Past website: www.findmypast.co.uk provides information about Births, Deaths and Marriages across the British Isles, Census Data (currently 1851 – 1911), Military Service Records (British and Commonwealth) and much more. Free basic search, a subscription is required for details.
For a digital search of the British Newspaper Archive, see: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk free via some local libraries, or by direct subscription.
The Times has its own digital archive, available free via some local libraries, or by subscription: www.thetimes.co.uk
Other newspaper archives may also be helpful, for example Singapore Newspapers are digitised and available to search, on key words and date ranges, at: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/
[If you come across other useful sources for research, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to add suitable references to this list.]