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Bury 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Unpublished indexes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: http://www.bury.gov.uk/libraries
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Reference & Information Services
Bury Central Library
Manchester Road
Tel: 0161 253 5871
Fax: 0161 253 5857
[email protected]
Contact: Mrs P. Farrell (Reference & Information Services Librarian)

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1730
Tuesday: 0930-1730
Wednesday: 0930-1930
Thursday: 0930-1730
Friday: 0930-1730
Saturday: 0930-1630

Other Libraries:

Bury Archives Service
Moss St
Tel: 0161 253 6792
Fax: -
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Joanne Fitton (Archivist)
Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 13.00-16.00
Wednesday: 13.00-16.00
Thursday: 10.00-16.00
Friday: 10.00-16.00
Saturday: every 2nd Saturday in the month 10.00-16.00

Please note that these hours can be restricted due to staffing levels. It is necessary to make an appointment to consult archives documents. The Archives Searchroom is also used for school and group visits and on these occasions can only offer a restricted service. Please contact the archivist before you visit.

Ramsbottom Library
Carr St., Ramsbottom, BL0 9AE
Opening hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 0930-1930.
Closed Wed
Sat 0930-1300

3. Research Service

Service available? Basic searches only, limited to 15 minutes per search.

Fee-based? No (but charge for copies from Census)

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. �13.00 per hour. Greater Manchester County Record Office also holds a list of professional researchers. Contact them 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 Bury Reference & Information Services - holdings 1837-2003 on microform

5. Census returns

Bury & District: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
All held on microfilm at Bury Central Library
Ramsbottom area: 1841-1901 held at Ramsbottom Library

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

6(b) City and Town Directories

Bury and District-odd years between 1771-1964. These directories vary in scope and content and in coverage of Districts

6(c) Telephone Directories

1939, 1961-current (most years)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Bury County Borough 1876-1946 (some gaps). Held at Bury Archive Service.

Bury: 1957 to date. Held at Bury Reference and Information Services.

Ramsbottom UDC 1950-76. Held at Bury Archive Service

Radcliffe: 1883, 1912, 1939, 1945, 1949 to date. Held at Radcliffe Library.

Prestwich: 1968 to date. Held at Preswich Library.

7(b) Poll Books

Bury: 1836, 1837, 1852, 1857, 1859, 1868. Held at Bury RIS

Bury Burgess rolls: 1876-1901 (microfilm); 1902/03; 1904-1915/16

Bury 1859 (part of family archive), held at Bury Archive Service.

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

All of England IGI. 1992. Microfiche . Held in Reference & Information Services
Lancashire ,Yorkshire & Cheshire IGI held in Ramsbottom Library.Microfiche
Lancashire IGI held at Radcliffe and Prestwich Libraries. Microfiche
Lancashire IGI 1984 held at Bury Archives. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Miscellaneous family history/local history information on Bury families and Bury area. Located at Reference and Information Services, Bury Central.

10. Parish Registers

Various: C of E, Non-conformist chapels, baptisms, marriages, burials
Some transcripts, some copies.
Covers churches in Bury Metropolitan Borough.

At Bury Archive Service: no CofE registers but original registers for many non-conformist (Methodist, Congregationalist etc.) with the current Metropolitan borough, for the period c.1782 to date.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

-Lancashire(Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society)
Manchester Genealogist
Chetham Society
Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society
Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire
Lancashire Parish Record Society
Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Records of predecessor local authorities c.1675-1974 (incl. e.g. poor law administration 1675-c.1850: rate books 1775-1960).

Various deposited records of local individuals/organisations c.1780-1980 (most commonly used by genealogists: Bury Savings Bank records 1822 onwards including customer information (indexed) [BSB]; various solicitors' records, family papers, etc.)

All held at Bury Archive Service.

14. Guides to Collections

ROUTES Guide to family history in the Bury area. (2000). Price �3.50 plus P & P.
Interim Guide (2000) price �2.50 + p&p. Both publications available from all Bury Metro Libraries and Bury Archives.

15. Local Record Offices

Greater Manchester County Record Office
56 Marshall Street
New Cross
M4 5FU
Tel: 0161 832 5282
Fax: 0161 839 3808

Other information

Family History Help Surgeries are held every Thursday in Bury Library 10am-12.30pm, and in Ramsbottom Library every 3rd Monday of the month 2-4.30pm (drop-in sessions).