Last updated:
9 August 2017

Family history

View family history resources and websites.

  • *Available 24/7 from your computer, smartphone or tablet. You will need your library card number. If you are not a member of the library you can join online.
  • **Only available in libraries.


Search your family history using a selection of UK censuses, parish records and other national and international databases.

*Times Digital Archive

Contains every issue of The Times published between 1785 and 2011.

*Illustrated London News

The world's first illustrated weekly newspaper published from 1842.

**Find My Past

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive UK birth records, census data, obituaries and more. Please note that our subscription does not include access to the British Newspaper Archive.

*Dictionary of National Biography

Information on over 50,000 people from around the world who have helped to shape Britain's past.

*Who’s Who and Who Was Who

Directory of the noteworthy and influential, both in the UK and worldwide.

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