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Bolton Metropolitan 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Unpublished indexes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:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): GTM, LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service
Central Library
Civic Centre
Le Mans Crescent
Tel: 01204 332185
Fax: 01204 332225
[email protected]
Contact: Archivist, or Local Studies librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 0930-1930
Wednesday: 0930-1730
Thursday: 0930-1930
Friday: 0930-1730
Saturday: 0930-1700

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No.

Fee-based? No.

Provided by local Record Office? No, though a list of professional record/ research agents operating locally is available on request

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations England & Wales: Registrar General's indexes available, 1837 to 1950 inclusive, on microfiche

5. Census returns

1811; 1821; 1831: township of Great Bolton only
1841:Townships of the ancient parishes of Bolton- le- Moors and Deane: Township of Great Lever, in the ancient parish of Middleton
1851- 1901: All of Bolton registration district: Township of Blackrod in Wigan registration district: Townships of Anglezarke and Rivington in Chorley registration district
1881 Census Surname Index for England & Wales

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories


6(b) City and Town Directories

Bolton and district, 1805 to 1934; 1953 to 1971

6(c) Telephone Directories

Bolton area, 1956 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Parliamentary (Bolton borough constituencies only), 1868 to date: Municipal (burgess rolls): Bolton borough, 1838 to 1914

7(b) Poll Books

Bolton borough, 1832 to 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, 1992: Scotland, Ireland, 1992: All other English counties and Wales, 1984

9. Unpublished Indexes

Archives: indexes of personal names, places and subjects
Biographical index for obituaries and newspaper cuttings (Bolton and district)
General newspaper cuttings indexes (Bolton and district), 1926 to date
Local newspaper indexes, 1823 to 1897; 1901 to 1934

10. Parish Registers

Church of England: Microfilm copies of most Church of England parishes in Bolton Metropolitan Borough, including Blackrod, Bolton, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Lever, Turton and Westhoughton
Nonconformist churches: Original and microfilm copies of many registers of churches and chapels in Bolton Metropolitan Borough
Roman Catholic Church: Microfilm copies of Bolton churches held. Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, is the Diocesan Record Office for the Roman Catholic diocese of Salford, which includes Bolton
A handlist of registers contains full details of holdings.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Manchester Genealogist, 1978 to date
Chetham Society, 1844 to date
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 1883 to date
Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 1848 to date
Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Lancashire Parish Register Society 1898 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Lancashire Parish Register Society publications, all volumes, 1898 to date
Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, 1879 to date

13. Other material

Poor Law archives, including apprenticeship, bastardy, settlement & removal, workhouse registers, from 17th to 20th centuries
Rate books, 18th to 20th centuries
Graveyard inscriptions, 17th to 20th centuries
Family, estate and business archives, 16th to 20th centuries
Maps and plans for Bolton and area, 1620 to 1996
Records of local societies, charities, trade unions, 19th to 20th centuries.

14. Guides to Collections

Tracing your Ancestors in Bolton, 2001. Price �3.99, plus postage, available from Artifacts, Bolton Central Library, Civic Centre, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE. Tel 01204 332181 [email protected]

15. Local Record Offices

Lancashire Record Office
Bow Lane
Preston Lancs
Tel: 01772 263039

Greater Manchester County Record Office
56 Marshall Street
New Cross
M4 5FU
Tel: 0161 832 5284

Other information