also known as: Family Tree Research, Researching your Family Tree.
Thinking about researching your family history? Use our resources to discover amazing and interesting facts about your ancestors.
We have books to help you start your family history research,
these can be borrowed from your local library. All Northumberland
Public Libraries lending books can be requested free of charge and
delivered to your local Northumberland public library. Our books
help you get started with your family history, give tips on
Internet searching, and help make your research easier. Our local
studies collections can show you what life was like in
Northumberland so you can step back in time.
Click here to search the
library catalogue to find out what family history books are
Northumberland Libraries subscribe to and provide free access to
the Ancestry Library Edition. Our subscription only allows you to
use Ancestry Library Edition on library computers.
A huge amount of information is available from Ancestry. For
example, census records from 1841 - 1911 for England and Wales,
Birth, Marriages and Death Indexes from 1837, military information,
medal information as well as a huge number of records from America
and throughout the world.
We offer other online resources that can also help family
historians for example Times Digital Archive and British Newspaper
Archive. Why not save some money and make use of this invaluable
tool when researching your family history.
For more information on Ancestry Library Edition
please click here.
Each Register Office within Northumberland keeps the original
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registers for its own District from
1837 to the present day.
For more information please click here.
Some of our libraries have microfilm and microfiche readers
enabling you to read local newspapers on microfilm from as early as
1855. Also available are Northumberland Census Records from 1841 -
1901. Other collections are available on microfilm and microfiche
To find out more information and what
libraries have readers please click here.
If you want to see what the area your family lived in used to be
like; Morpeth Library has a large collection of maps including 25
inch Ordnance Survey Maps of Northumberland dating from the
library staff can offer help and guidance on family history if
you need it. Library staff can offer advice on how to get started
when researching your family tree and even assist if you have more
For more information and contact details please
Parish registers are not available in libraries. They are kept
by the Northumberland Collections Service. They can be accessed
through their facilities at Woodhorn Museum. The Local Studies
library is also housed at Woodhorn.
Please click here to find out what else is
available at Woodhorn.
You can order a copy of a certificate through our register
offices if the certificate was issued in Northumberland after 1837
for just £10 per certificate (or £20 priority service). You
can even order your certificate online or by telephone - for more
information please click here.
For certificates issued outside Northumberland, contact the
General Register Office. Click on the links below for:
issued in England and Wales
issued in Scotland
issued in Ireland
Use our free online resources to research your family history
with Ancestry, read historical newspaper articles or find out about
famous figures past and present. Just click on the logos to find
Please note Ancestry and British Newspaper Archive can only be
used in Northumberland Libraries and not at home.