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Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council


Contents
Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Directories
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Periodicals
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.wiganmbc.gov.uk/pub/leis/info/leisure/library/libhome.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

History Shop
Library Street
Wigan
WN1 1NU
Tel: 01942 828128
Fax: 01942 827645
heritage@wiganmbc.gov.uk

http://www.wiganmbc.gov.uk/pub/leis/info/leisure/heritage/heritage.htm



Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-1900
Tuesday: 1000-1700
Wednesday: 1000-1700
Thursday: 1000-1700
Friday: 1000-1700
Saturday: 1000-1300


Other Libraries:

Leigh Local History Service
Leigh Library
Turnpike Centre
Civic Square
Leigh
WN7 1EB
Tel: 01942 404559
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday: 1000-1900; Wednesday: 1000-1700; Thursday, Friday: 1000-1900; Saturday: 1000-1530



3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Not at present

Provided by local Record Office? Simple family history searches can be carried out at the History Shop. The local Record Office will do brief archive-based searches. More involved searches are referred to local record agents/family history societies



4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations History Shop (to 1918).



5. Census returns

1841 Wigan M.B.C. and other surrounding townships
1851-1901 Wigan M.B.C.
~See enclosed guide for further details.
(N.B. guide also details 'H', 'A' or 'L' as the source of records - History Shop, Archives, Leigh)


6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Lancashire: 1824, 1826, 1828, 1834, 1854, 1866, 1875, 1882, 1887, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1901, 1905, 1909, 1913, 1918, 1924, 1938
Derbyshire: 1830
Yorkshire: 1834, 1848
Cumberland: 1834, 1848
Westmoreland: 1834, 1848
Northumberland: 1834, 1848
Durham: 1834, 1848
Cheshire: 1830, 1834, 1848


6(b) City and Town Directories

Bolton: 1818, 1853, 1861, 1874, 1932, 1967
Bury: 1853
Hindley: 1925
Leigh: 1876, 1885
Liverpool: - various 1766-1968
Manchester: various 1772-1969
Oldham: 1871
Rochdale: 1813
Salford: various 1788-1904
Warrington: 1908
Wigan: various 1816-1971
Hindley and other townships also included in some of the Wigan directories

6(c) Telephone Directories



7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Various for Wigan M.B.C. area
~see guide$


7(b) Poll Books

Wigan 1844, 1854, 1860-61



8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992. Microfiche. Cheshire, Cumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Ireland, Wales



9. Unpublished Indexes

1841 census - Wigan town (surname)
1861 census - majority of Wigan M.B.C. area (surname and street index)
1871 census - majority of Wigan M.B.C. area (surname and street index)
1881 census - majority of Wigan M.B.C. area (street index)

Wigan Observer 1853-1950s. 1997 - 1999. Cuttings indexed to 1992
Colliery Guardian, entries for Wigan and surrounding villages indexed 1858, 1861-1897



10. Parish Registers

Various, mainly Wigan M.B.C. area but transcripts of some Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire churches. Original registers held at Archives, Leigh; microfilms available at the History Shop
~see Guide for further details$



11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Colliery Guardian 1858, 1861-1988
Lancashire Life 1950-1972
Illustrated London News 1844-1900, 1940-1971
The Graphic 1871-1898



12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Lancashire Parish Register Society Publications vol.s 1-153. Microfiche 1-28
Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. Publications vols. 1-130
Chetham Society Publications vol. 1 - Third series vol. 43
Catholic Record Society vols. 1-78



13. Other material

~See guide - maps, monumental inscription, Boyds, Court Leet etc.$



14. Guides to Collections

A Guide to Genealogical Sources. Wigan Heritage Service 1994. ISBN 1874496 080. Price 2.50
A Guide to the Archives. Wigan Heritage Service 1996/ ISBN ???. Price 2.95
Available mail order from the History Shop + 1 p&p



15. Local Record Offices

Wigan Archives Service
Leigh Town Hall
Leigh
WN7 2DY
Tel: 01942 404430



Other information

~N.B. Local/family history library provision is now under the Heritage Srvice rather than Library Service: see enclosed leaflets for details$