Local and family history

​Northamptonshire Studies

We hold a large collection of local and family history resources in our Discover area at Northamptonshire Central Library - including the items listed below.

Discover opening hours:

​Opens​Closes
​MondayClosed
​Tuesday​​2:00pm​​6:00pm
​Wednesday​​2:00pm​​6:00pm
​Thursday​​10:00am​​5:00pm
​Friday​​10:00am​​5:00pm
​Saturday​​10:00am​​5:00pm
​SundayClosed

Family History

We provide a large resource for family historians, including:

  • Census returns for Northamptonshire from 1841 - 1901 (microfilm and fiche)
  • Electoral registers (Northampton only) and poll books for Northamptonshire
  • Free broadband internet access to a range of Family History websites - including Family search and Ancestry.com
  • General Register Office (GRO) index to civil registration births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales 1837 - 2004 (microfiche)
  • Parish registers for Northamptonshire (microfiche) 
  • Trade and street directories

Maps and Geographic Information System (GIS)

We hold a large collection of maps and plans:

  • Administration maps, parish and ward boundaries      
  • Geological maps, land utilisation and agricultural classification maps      
  • Historic printed maps of Northamptonshire (from 1575) and Northampton (from 1610)      
  • Some Ordnance Survey maps county series 6 inch to 1 mile and 25 inch to 1mile c.1880'a - 1952      
  • Some Ordnance Survey national grid series 1:10,000, 1:2500 and 1:1,250 from 1958-1990's 
  • Some Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50,000) and Pathfinder/Explorer (1:25,000) maps

Newspapers

You can access local newspapers dated from 1720 to the present at various libraries (microfiche)

Photographs and Other Images

Around 100,000 images including views of Northamptonshire on a wide range of subjects, also family and individual portraits.

Special Collections

  • H E Bates      
  • Charles Bradlaugh      
  • J L Carr      
  • John Clare
  • Philip Doddridge
  • Sir Henry Dryden
  • Mary Pendered 
  • Beeby Thompson

Fees and Charges

  • Local and Family History Research Fee - £15 (up to 1 hour) 
  • One to one family history session - £15 (up to 1 hour)  

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