Last updated:
16 February 2018

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.

**Ancestry

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

**British Newspaper Archive

Regional historical newspapers from the British Library collection. You will first need to register with the British Newspaper Archive. When you next log in, you will be able to access the archive and a personal 'My Research' area.

*Times Digital Archive

Contains every issue of The Times published between 1785 and 2012.

*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 60,000 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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