Family History

Nottingham City Libraries can help you with your family history research in a number of ways, whether you are an absolute beginner or a more experienced researcher and whether your research is Nottingham-based or for elsewhere

General Family History Resources

Family history resources (including books, many of which may be borrowed) can be found on Floor 1 of Nottingham Central Library. Included in the collection is information on how to start your research, guides to using the Internet for family history research and guides to using specific types of records (e.g. Parish registers, military service records, wills and other documents).

Nottingham City Libraries subscribes to the Find My Past website which has the censuses for England and Wales 1841 to 1911, the General Registrar's Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to c.2006, military records from 1760 to c.1915 as well as many other useful sources of information. Library members can use this subscription to access the site. Please note while there is no charge for using this subscription, normal computer charges apply). Please click here for other online reference resources.

We also have experience and knowledge of specific areas of family history research:

Nottinghamshire Family History Resources

The Local Studies Library at Nottingham Central Library has a large collection of family history resources to help people researching ancestors from Nottinghamshire these include: 

  • Copies of Nottinghamshire Parish Registers (Mostly Church of England parishes but including some Nonconformist and Roman Catholic records)
  • Nottinghamshire electoral registers
  • Nottinghamshire census returns for 1841 to 1901 (The 1911 census for the whole of England and Wales is available via Find My Past)
  • Nottinghamshire Newspaper 
  • Local maps
  • Photographic collection 
  • Historical Directories 

More information on the resources is available here.

One2One Family History computer help sessions

Family history One2One help sessions are designed for people who have already started their family history research using traditional methods and who now wish to move on to explore some of the on-line sources available. The sessions are free and last for one hour.

NOTE: Basic computer skills are essential for these sessions. For further information and to book a session telephone 0115 915 2841 

Family History Related Events

We run several family history events during the year including group tours, fairs, talks and workshops. To find out what is coming soon visit our What's On page, sign up to our Stay Connected newsletter or contact Local Studies on 0115 915 2870 or local_studies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

You can also sign up to our e-newsletter at enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Contact Us

Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham NG1 6HP E-mail: enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Fax: 0115 915 2840
Tel: 0115 915 2828
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