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Christmas and New Year arrangements

We will close to the public on 24th December at 4.30pm, reopening on 4th January 2022 at 9am. Customers wishing to visit during the first week of January, please send in your pre-orders as soon as possible, no later than 24th December 2021.

Starting your family history

  • do your homework - collect as much information from relatives, family papers and old photos as you can so that you have a name, place and approximate date to start from. 
  • don't worry if you can't find out much - often we can help you to get started.  You can also spend time with one of our Searchroom Buddies - Contact us to make an appointment.
  • decide what you want to do - do you want to trace the male line or both sides of your family?  It is better to concentrate on one branch of the family at a time.
  • bring details of all the information you have - it can include a clue you hadn't realized.
  • read a book - there are many guides to tracing family history that will give you basic information about sources to help you, and show you how to organize your work.
  • get organized - you can find information in a wide variety of sources so you need to keep careful notes of what you find and where you found it.  It is important to make a note of all the sources you check, even if you don't find any useful information in them.
  • check the Online catalogue - this shows the sources available for your area.  Most of our parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) are available on self-service microform so you can use them immediately.  If you find references to original documents you would like to see you can pre-order them so they are ready for you when you arrive.

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