A vast resource of
information covering the fascinating history of the City dating from the 13th
century to the present. These include
archives of the City Council and its predecessors, schools, churches, families,
businesses and societies, books, maps, watercolours and unique photographs to
help you find out about the history of your family, house, street, district,
famous Liverpool people, landmarks and events. Visitors are welcome to bring
their own camera to obtain copies of documents for personal use only. Anyone
intending to publish images from the collections must obtain permission from
Floor, Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW
General enquiries 0151 233 5817
Microfilm/microfiche bookings 0151
Fax (Central Library) 0151 233
The Record Office is just a few minutes walk from Lime Street railway station
and many bus routes. Parking on
Brown Street itself is very limited but there are
city centre car parks nearby.
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday
9am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Appointments are not
necessary for viewing sources on microfilm/fiche but they are recommended if
you require reader printers. A reader's ticket is needed to request archives,
books, maps, photographs and watercolours. Please bring proof of name and
address. You will be asked to leave any bags in lockers before consulting
original material. There is an annual closure for stock-taking and special
projects during the third and fourth weeks in June.
Online catalogue available to
search on the above website.
Copying documents Photocopying self service for permitted documents - A4 / A3. No professional photographic service provided Own
photos permitted - use of flash not allowed - use of tripod at discretion of
staff.Self service microform reader
printer available A4 printout, no A3.
Records:Local Authority archives from 1207 (minute books from 1550). Ecclesiastical
archives: Anglican parishes from1586, Roman Catholic parishes from 1741,
Non-Conformist from 1787, Liverpool Diocesan Registry, Jewish archives from
1804. Board of Guardians and other statutory bodies. Hospitals. Family, estate
(including manorial) and personal papers include Moore of Bank Hall,
Plumbe-Tempest. Marquess of Salisbury,
Norris of Speke Hall, William Roscoe, Earls of Derby, (see also Lancashire
Record Office) etc.and others. Business, trade union, charity, association and
society archives. Literary manuscripts.
Other material held includes newspapers from 1756, street directories from
1766, census returns, slides, photographs, engravings, prints, watercolours,
maps. Sound material includes the library of BBC Radio Merseyside. The
reference library of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire is housed in the department.
Sources for family history, including St. Catherine's House Index of births,
marriages and deaths 1837 - 1940, national probate indexes 1858 - 1946, and
1881 census index for England and Wales.
Please Note: no passenger lists or other records of immigration and
emigration are held.
Finding aids and publications:
Lists, catalogues and indexes. General information sheet, Brief Guide for
Family Historians, Handlist of Church of England Parish Records, Map of Church
of England Parishes, Liverpool and District, c1900 etc., Hand List of Roman
Catholic Parish Records, others in preparation.
Authorised Reader's Ticket is needed to consult archives, rare books and
audio-visual material. These are available only by personal application with
proof of identity.
See website for excellent set
of pdf guides to the record office's holdings.
MARITIME ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY AT THE MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM
The Museum houses a fine
collection of maritime books and documents spanning three centuries. These
include one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.
Every aspect of Liverpool's maritime history from the early eighteenth century
is covered, and whilst the emphasis is on Liverpool,
the coverage is national and international.
The Museum website is excellent and gives plenty of advice and
information about its collections.
Open Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am-4.30pm. (2nd floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum). Entry to and use of the archives and library
is free. You will need to collect a free ticket from the archives enquiry desk.
The tickets will be either an annual reader's ticket, (for which proof of
identity will be required), or by temporary daily ticket valid only on day of
They request that visitors
use one of the provided lockers for storing coats and bags. There is a £1
refundable charge. You will need a lead (graphite) pencil and paper for making
notes. You may want to take photocopies of some documents in which case you'll
need change to pay for them.
Laptops must be run on
batteries only as they library cannot provide mains charging.
Microfilm/fiche reader printers (Maritime Archives & Library only) please
book in advance where possible, photocopier, photographic/plan reprographic
Before you visit:
It is recommended that you consult the ‘Start your search’
section, and ‘Frequently Asked
on the website. It is advisable
that you also consult the helpful (and downloadable) Information sheets
which will keep you well prepared before your visit. There is a large selection
of these sheets covering all aspects of Liverpool's
maritime past and general maritime history. They describe the records held (and
those not held) and the information they contain. The keyword facility on the
webpage enables effective searching.
They can be viewed on the site or downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF or
Rich Text Format.
MERSEYSIDE RECORD OFFICE
held at Liverpool Record Office - link above)
Address: Local Studies and Family History
Services, 4th Floor, Central Library,
William Brown Street,
Liverpool L3 8EW.
Tel: 0151 233 5817.
Fax: 0151 233 5886
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 0900-1930; Friday 0900-1700; Saturday
1000-1600. No car parking.
Archives held: Merseyside County Council, Merseyside Residuary Body.
Liverpool, Southport, Wirral coroners. Merseyside
Passenger Transport Executive, Merseyside Fire Service (from mid-19th century).
Hospital archives. Methodist and United Reform churches. Social agencies, e.g.
Child Welfare Association, League of Well-doers. Business archives. Some family
and estate archives.
Lists and indexes, information sheet, Brief List of Holdings, handlist
of genealogical sources.
LOCAL STUDIES and ARCHIVES LIBRARY
Address: Huyton Library Civic Way Huyton Knowsley L36 9GD
Tel. 0151 443 3738 Fax.
0151 443 3739
Monday – Friday 9.15am - 7.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Records: Their libraries
have a wide range of local history materials including books, archives, maps
and photographs to help you find out the history of life in your area.
Holdings include; Local
Authority and predecessor Authorities. Prescot Grammar School
16th to 20th century. Prescot Cooperative Society. Court Registers for Huyton,
Kirkby and Liverpool (Islington Division) as well as some of the earlier
records from Prescot, St. Helens and Childwall
Petty Sessional Divisions.
Other Material includes:
Local census returns, parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts, Prescot
records 15th to 19th century, Halewood and Huyton Courts Leet 17th to 19th
century. Maps, plans and photographs.
Researchers wishing to consult material on microfilm, microfiche or CD ROM, are
advised to book a microform machine in advance. Machines may be booked for a
maximum 2 hour period per customer, per day. Bookings will be accepted by
telephone or by personal visit. Printouts from reader printers and I.G.I
machines are charged at 10p per page.
Finding aids: Majority of archive collections listed. Card index to
printed local studies collections and photographs.
of Collections: main collection at Huyton Library,
smaller collections at other branches
archive store at Kirkby Library, historic records of Knowsley Council and
predecessor authorities, archives viewed
by appointment - please call 0151 443 3738
Huyton (Archive photographs series)
Kirkby & Knowsley (Archive photographs series)
Huyton & Roby
Inns of Prescot & Whiston
Prescot Records (court rolls)
From Slacky Brow to Hope Street: a Century of Prescot Football
Maps, postcards etc.
Archives Service, Lower Ground Floor, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND.
Access to the Lower Ground Floor is via Shore Road.
Tel : 0151 606 2929
Fax: 0151 606 2928
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Saturdays 10am to 1pm.
Wirral Archives Service cares
for and offers public access to thousands of historical records relating to the
history of the Wirral. Researchers are welcome to consult original documents
and other sources free of charge. The
service provides records for those interested in family history, local history,
and maritime and industrial history. The
new premises feature a spacious, attractive search room, with microfilm and
microfiche readers as well as new computers to help people with their
research. Wirral Archives Service is
running free Saturday morning workshops aimed at everyone from schoolchildren
to family and local history groups. The sessions will be brought alive with
original documents and cover topics including family history, the history of
Wirral, schools and education, and Wirral at war.
Wirral Archives Service holds
documents dating back to the fifteenth century, with most dating from the
nineteenth and twentieth century.
These documents include:
- Records of Wirral local government (i.e. borough
and district councils), including minutes, building plans and rate books
- Records of the Poor Law and of local workhouses
- School records
- Hospital records
- Court records, including Quarter Sessions and
- Business records, including the extensive
collection of Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd
- Records of local clubs, societies, organisations
- Solicitors' records, including title deeds
- Maps and plans, including tithe maps, Ordnance
Survey maps, and marine maps of the Wirral Coastline
- Local newspapers
In addition to these original
documents, they also hold on microfilm or microfiche a number of sources of
particular use to family historians, including:
- Census returns for Wirral 1841 - 1901
- Electoral registers for Wirral 1842 - 1900
- Records of burials in municipal cemetaries
Researchers requiring parish
registers of baptisms, marriages and burials should contact Cheshire Record
Office or Birkenhead Reference Library; and those requiring birth, marriage and
death certificates should contact the Superintendent Registrar's Office, Wirral
Register Office, Town Hall
Mortimer Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5EU. 0151 606 2020
BIRKENHEAD REFERENCE LIBRARY
Address: Borough Road, Birkenhead,
Wirral CH41 2XB
Tel : (0151) 652 6106 Ext 7
Fax : (0151) 653 7320
Opening Times: Monday :
9.00am - 8.00pm, Tuesday : 9.00am - 8.00pm, Closed Wednesday, Thursday : 9.00am
- 8.00pm, Friday : 9.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday : 9.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 5.00pm
Family and Local History Resources:
Census returns (1841-1901),
Parish registers, Historical maps, Street directories, Electoral registers
(1862 to date), IGI (Mormon Index), GRO
Index (Births, marriages and deaths), Newspaper archives including Birkenhead
News (1860 to date), Cemetery records for Wirral
Photographic collection (A copying service is available: photocopies,
laser copies and photography options available, details of scale of charges
available on request)
Group visits/talks can be catered for. Please contact a member of staff for
As many records are on film
or fiche, it is essential to book in advance a microfilm/fiche reader/ printer
to avoid disappointment. Micro prints are available at nominal charges.
Research (to a reasonable
extent) undertaken by staff in response to telephone, e-mail and postal
enquiries. Charges include up to 4 microfilm/fiche prints or photocopies, and
COUNCIL LOCAL ARCHIVES
Provision: a Local History Library Service that operates from two main Units:-
* Southport Library (covering North Sefton)
* Crosby Library (covering South Sefton).
Sefton Metropolitan Borough is in the historic county of Lancashire.
Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DJ
Tel: 0151 934 2119 Fax:
0151 934 2115
Librarian : Andrew Farthing, Assistant
Librarian : Matthew Tinker
Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LQ Tel: 0151 257 6401 Fax:
0151 934 5770
Email firstname.lastname@example.org More details
regarding holdings and opening hours can be found on the website.
LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE
Address Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE
Telephone (01772) 533039
Opening Hours see Opening Times within the Planning a Visit page on the record
office's web site
Entry Access member of CARN readers ticket scheme
Visiting Guide see Search room Rules within the record office's web
Directions see Location page within the record office's web site
for street map
Postal Research fee based research service provided - see Enquiry
Service within the Enquiries and Research page on the record office's web
Online Catalogue: see Records
Search on the website
- Records of local government: including Lancashire County Council and
district and parish councils, and their predecessors, including Quarter
Sessions, Poor Law unions and turnpike trusts.
- Probate records of the Archdeaconries of Chester and Richmond.
- Records of Anglican, Roman Catholic and nonconformist churches,
including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.
- School records, including log books and admissions registers.
- Private records, including manorial and estate records, family papers,
and the records of businesses and societies.
- Maps and plans, including tithe, enclosure and estate plans, Ordnance
Survey and other printed maps.
- Copies of some national sources: including census returns for the
whole County Palatine.
Photocopying - staff only for permitted documents
- see Copying
page for charges
Repro Services - photographic reproduction service available - see Copying
page for details. Own photos permitted - use of flash not allowed - tripods
allowed - photographing only allowed in lecture room which must be booked -
charge £20 per hour
token operated microform reader-printer available - see Copying
page for charges
CHESHIRE & CHESTER ARCHIVES & LOCAL STUDIES SERVICE
Online Catalogue: www.cheshire.gov.uk/Recordoffice/catalogues/recoffcatalogues.htm
CONTACT Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies
Service, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL Telephone (01244)
972574 E-Mail email@example.com
ACCESS Opening Hours
Monday 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Tue-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm, 3rd Saturday in the
month 9.00am – 4.00pm (Please note - closed Monday am)
Entry Access: member of CARN readers ticket scheme
Visiting Guide: see Planning a Visit
within the record office's web site
SOURCES HELD see Family History page within the
record office's website. Wills;
see the record office's Wills Database Online covering
probate documents proved at Chester
for the years 1492 to 1940 and containing over 130,000 entries (name,
residence, occupation, date of probate).
Online Catalogue - see Search the Archives
page within the record office's website,
see National Archives Access to Archives
Last orders for documents 45 minutes
before closing, there is no lunchtime production between 12.30pm – 1.30pm. (It
would be helpful if document requests are presented by 12.15pm to allow enough
time for production).
Advance bookings can be made by
telephoning the searchroom on 01244 602574.
- parish registers from the 16th century (for more
information on Cheshire parishes and their
registers, see 'Cheshire
Towns and Parishes'
on the Family History Society of Cheshire website)
- wills and probate records. Details of Cheshire wills for
the period 1492-1940 are on our wills database, (www.cheshire.gov.uk/Recordoffice/Wills/Home.htm)
from which copies can be ordered online
- census returns 1841 - 1901
- poor law records
- diocesan records
- electoral records
- nonconformist records
- tithe maps and apportionments (online at http://maps.cheshire.gov.uk/tithemaps)
- estate papers
and the records of : societies, businesses, hospitals, schools, courts, local
authorities, collections of local newspapers from the eighteenth century
onwards, photographs and other illustrations.
Studies Library: located in
Cheshire Record Office - the major collection of books, pamphlets, printed
maps, trade directories and other local studies material relating to Cheshire.
Details of local studies
material such as books, maps, census returns and electoral registers which are
available in libraries across the County visit www.cheshire.gov.uk/Library
Post and Email Enquiries: For
those unable to visit in person, staff will answer, free of charge, postal and
email enquiries on the availability of documents and suggest appropriate types
of record for particular research topics. Searches for information in records
or other sources held by the Record Office can be undertaken, for a fee, by
their Research Consultant.
DOCUMENTS: Photocopying - staff only for permitted documents
- small charges apply per copy from
original documents, microfilm, and the
self-service microfilm reader printer in the record office searchroom.
Repro Services - photographic reproduction service available - contact record
office for details. Own Photos permitted with permission from Duty
Archivist - use of flash not allowed - tripods allowed - normally no charge but
may charge for use of tripods and large cameras Microform coin operated
microform printer provided – again, small charges apply per printout.
Here you can obtain copies of Birth, Marriage
or Death Certificates from the period 1837 to the present day or by post. The Register Office has been present in Liverpool since 1837, when the first legal requirement to
register births, stillbirths, deaths and marriages was introduced. They hold all the original Liverpool
birth, marriage and death registers from 1837 to the present day.
Liverpool Register Office, The Cotton
Exchange, Old Hall Street,
Liverpool L3 9UF
Virtual tour available on above website
Opening times: Monday - Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday:
9am-3.45pm, Saturday: 9am-noon
LANCASHIRE BMD www.lancashirebmd.org.uk
CHESHIRE BMD www.cheshirebmd.org.uk
Register Offices in
Lancashire and Cheshire
hold records of local births, marriages & deaths back to the start of civil
registration in 1837. The county's Family
History Societies are collaborating with local Registration Services to
make indexes to these records freely searchable via the Internet. Although the indexes are not yet complete
for all years and districts, the database will eventually cover births, marriages
and deaths for the years 1837 to the present day.
There are weblinks to local
family history societies and similar BMD sites across the country.
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
The materials held in the
Special Collections and Archives Division have their foundation in the gifts
and bequests made to the University by diligent and generous collectors for
more than a century. The collections include manuscripts, medieval to modern;
incunabula, early and finely printed books, and archival collections.
Contact information Dr Maureen Watry Head of Special
Collections & Archives
Sydney Jones Library The University of Liverpool PO Box 123 Liverpool L69 3DA
Tel: (0151) 794 2696
Fax: (0151) 794 2681
Email: Dr Maureen Watry University of Liverpool Head of
Holdings: Too extensive to list here -
comprehensive list of University holdings on their web page
NORTH WEST REGIONAL ARCHIVES
The NWRAC represents the
interests of the archive community in Cumbria,
Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. There are over 40 major archive
services in the region with another 100 smaller services and many more archival
collections in museums, libraries and other organisations. These archive
services are managed by a variety of organisations including local authorities,
businesses and academic institutions.
This site contains a comprehensive list of local archive services.
CARN READERS TICKET
CARN, which stands for County
Archives Research Network, is a group of record offices that provide a uniform
readers ticket that is used to gain admission to any local authority archive
within the scheme - the vast majority of record offices are members of the CARN
readers ticket scheme. They are free,
valid for four years and issued on your first visit to any record office who
are members of the scheme.
You must apply in person bringing official proof of identity validating your
name with permanent address and signature. You may also be asked to provide two
passport sized photographs.
Examples of documents that
could contain the details required include (you may have to bring a combination
of two to show name, permanent address and signature):
- Driving licence (name,
address and signature)
- Foreign passport (name and signature)
- Bank statement (name and address)
- Building society passbook (only if the address is included)
- Pension/benefit book (name and address)
- NHS medical card (the address is not always included)
- Disabled person's registration (name and address)
- Own vehicle registration documents (name and address)
- National Archives' readers ticket (but need second ID proof)
- Credit/debit /cheque guarantee cards (name and signature)
NB UK passports do not provide proof
of address. Please also bring something with your current address.
The National Archives (TNA)
Address: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 08:00 - 17:00, Tuesday, Thursday 08:00 -
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the
largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British
history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to
the public. You can see this collection
at Kew, West London, or view certain documents
online. Documents are opened for public inspection thirty years after the file
was closed, except in a few cases where the closure period is longer. The
National Archives also acts as a clearing-house for information about the
location of non-public records and manuscripts relating to British history kept
elsewhere in the UK
and overseas. Many documents can be
accessed online - visit the site for latest news. For family historians, it is the central
guide for Births, marriages and deaths,
Census, citizenship and
naturalisation, divorce, passenger lists, wills.
Research guides: Extensive guides available
online covering all aspects of historical research. An excellent place to start, even if records
are not held in the TNA.
ACCESS TO ARCHIVES
A2A allows you to search and
browse for information about archives in England, dating from the 900s to
the present day. These archives are cared for in local record offices and
libraries, universities, museums and national and specialist institutions
where they are made available to the public.
To find out whether archives are of interest
to you, it is necessary to consult a catalogue or other finding aid. A2A allows
you to search across detailed catalogues from over 340 repositories in England beyond The National Archives at Kew, so you may arrange to see or to obtain copies of
specific, useful, real archive documents with a few mouse clicks. The database
is regularly updated, so revisit often for newly-included catalogues.
The Archives Hub provides a single point of access to 18,917
descriptions of archives held in more than 90 UK universities and colleges. At
present these are primarily at collection-level, although complete catalogue
descriptions are provided where they are available. The Archives Hub forms one
part of the UK's
National Archives Network, alongside related networking projects. The service
is hosted at MIMAS on behalf of the Consortium of University Research Libraries
(CURL) and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Systems
development work is undertaken at the University of Liverpool.
WAR GRAVES COMMISSION - Debt of Honour Register
This Register provides
personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million
members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.
(A record some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second World War is provided
without details of burial location.) The cemeteries and memorials where these
names are commemorated, in perpetuity, are located in around 150 countries This
database makes it possible to identify the exact location, by cemetery plot or
memorial panel, where any given name is commemorated.