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Bedfordshire County Council

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Unpublished indexes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

Library Services URL: http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): BDF

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Library
Bedford Central Library
Harpur Street
MK40 1PG
Tel: 01234 350931
Fax: 01234 342163
[email protected]
Contact : Barry Stephenson, Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1900
Tuesday: 0930-1730
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1730
Friday: 0930-1730
Saturday: 0930-1500

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No, but a list of local professional researchers is available from the library on request.

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Contact local record office for details.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1837- 2000. (Held at Bedford Central)
Overseas Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths (Held at Bedford Central)

5. Census returns

1841- 1901, Bedfordshire: 1881, Census surname index for all English counties and Welsh counties. (Held at Bedford Central)
The Bedfordshire Family History Society Surname Index to the 1851 Bedfordshire Census

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Bedford, 1890- 1975, Bedfordshire, 1780- 1940. (Held at Bedford Central)

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories

Bedford Residential, 1969- date: Bedford Yellow Pages, 1977- date. (Held at Bedford Central)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Bedfordshire, 1970- date. (Held at Bedford Central)

7(b) Poll Books

1774: 1784: 1790: 1807: 1820: 1826: 1837: 1837: 1841: 1847: 1857: 1859. (Held at Bedford Central)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

British Isles IGI, 1992. (Held at Bedford Central)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Obituary Index 8,000 entries (approx)
Newspaper Cuttings Index 1985-to-date with a selection of earlier ones, 25,000 entries (approx)

10. Parish Registers

Transcripts of all Bedfordshire parishes from earliest date until 1812 (bound volume)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bedfordshire Magazine, vol.1., 1947- 1999(ceased publication)
Journal of the Bedfordshire Family History Society, vol.1., 1977- date.
Wasp Journal of the Beds. & Herts. Regiment, vol.1., 1922- 1964. (Held at Bedford Central)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

We now have a pamphlet on our family history holdings "Discover Your Family Tree".
All published volumes of The Victoria County History
The Gentlemans Magazine 1731-1900.
The Illustrated London News 1842-1993(microfilm)
Alumni Cantabrigienses from the earliest times to 1900.
Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886.

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Bedfordshire County Record Office
County Hall
MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 228833
Fax: 01234 228619

Other information