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Family History at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery can help with your family history research.  If you want to search for a portrait of your ancestor or find out more about an existing portrait you can search our Collections online; contact our free enquiry service or visit the Heinz Archive & Library and conduct your research in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the National Portrait Gallery hold a portrait or photograph of my ancestor? 
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I want to visit the Heinz Archive & Library, how can I make an appointment?
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