For those researching the United Kingdom, this is for you! The National Genealogical Society (NGS) "UpFront with NGS" posted about a centralized resource for all UK archives called the Archives Hub http://archiveshub.ac.uk/ .
The Archives Hub allows the researcher to search archives across 220 institutions across the UK. There is a search box where you place a word or phrase. There is also a drop down box for titles and subjects or you can simply browse. To start your search go
The actual documents are not contained in the Archives Hub- instead a brief description of any archival material for the searched term will appear, and it will advise as to which archive has the material, a brief summary of the material and access to the material.
Archives Hub is funded by Jisc (Historically, JISC stood for Joint Information Systems Committee but over the last decade are now known as Jisc.) and is based at The University of Manchester.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee