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Blackburn Borough 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Unpublished indexes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.blackburn.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Blackburh Reference and Local Studies Department
Central Library
Town Hall Street
TEL:01254 587920 (direct line)
FAX:01254 690539
Email :
[email protected]
Contact : Local Studies Manager

Opening hours:

Monday 9.30-7.00
Tuesday 9.30-7.00
Wednesday 9.30-7.00
Thursday 9.30-5.00
Friday 9.30-5.00
Saturday 9.30-4.30
Sunday 11.00-3.00

Other Libraries:

Tel : 01254 706021
Fax : 01254 707177

3. Research Service

Service available? A limited service is provided for postal enquiries.

Fee-based? Not as yet, but is under consideration.

Provided by local Record Office? No.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Registrar General's indexes for England and Wales from 1837-1997, on microfiche.

5. Census returns

1841-1891 for the Blackburn with Darwen area.
Street indexes are available for all years.
Surname indexes are available for 1851,1861,1891
The 1881 National Surname Index for England and Wales is also available on microfiche and CD Rom.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Lancashire general directory 1818.
Baines, E. History,directory and gazetteer of Lancashire, 1824.
Pigot&Co. National commercial directory 1828 and 1834.
Slater's Royal national commercial directory 1848,1855,1865,1869.
Mannex&Co. History,topography and directory of Mid-Lancashire,1854.

6(b) City and Town Directories

The above directories cover Blackburn, but the main Blackburn directories start from 1868 and run until 1966. The majority of them were published by Barrett.

6(c) Telephone Directories

Lancashire and Cheshire Telephone Exchange Co.Ltd. List of subscribers for Blackburn, Feb. 1885.
The main set of telephone directories for the Blackburn area run from 1951 to date.

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

The Electoral Registers for Blackburn run from 1841 to date. From 1974 they also include Darwen.

7(b) Poll Books

Poll books for the 1852, 1853 and 1865 elections.

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

A full set for the UK and Ireland, 1992.

9. Unpublished Indexes

Biographical index of obituary and other cuttings.
Role of Honour for the First World War(newscuttings of servicemen from Blackburn)
Newspaper index for the Blackburn Standard 1837-1896

10. Parish Registers

Microfiche copies for most of the Church of England parishes within Blackburn Diocese. Do not cover dates beyond 1900.
Selected Non-Conformist registers - some on fiche, some originals and some transcripts.
No Roman Catholic registers are held. These are available at the Lancashire Record Office.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Camden Society publications, 1838-1871(incomplete)
Cheetham Society publications, 1844 to date.
Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire publications,1849 to date.
Lancashire Antiquarian Society publications, 1883 to date.
Manx Society publications 1859-1869 (Vols.1-17)
Surtees Society publications,1835-1894 (Vols. 1-93)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Catholic Record Society publications 1905 to date.
Harleian Society publications, 1873-1895.
Lancashire Parish Register Society publications 1898 to date.
Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire publications 1878 to date.

13. Other material

Maps and plans for the Blackburn area, 1795 to date.
Selected monumental inscriptions, some on fiche, some transcripts.
Large collection of school log books
Photograph collection (much of this has been digitised)
Boyds Marriage Index for Lancashire and Yorkshire from 1538-1837 is available on microfiche
The Library of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society is housed in the Local Studies Department
St. Catherine's House index up until 1999

14. Guides to Collections

There is not a separate guide to our collection as yet, but we are included in the Lancashire Library's "Guide to Lancashire Local Studies Collections".
There is an unpublished list of selected material suitable for Family History research.

15. Local Record Offices

Lancashire Record Office
Bow Lane
Tel : 01772 263039

Other information

A booking system is in operation for microfilm and fiche viewers. It is essential to book in advance, particularly when travelling any distance