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Cheshire 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Unpublished indexes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.cheshire.gov.uk/recoff/home.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): CHS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Archives & Local Studies Service
Cheshire Record Office
Duke Street
Tel: 01244 602574
Fax: 01244 603812
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 0100-1700
Tuesday: 0900-1700
Wednesday: 0900-1700
Thursday: 0900-1700
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 3rd Saturday in each month 0900-1600

Other Libraries:

Chester Library
Northgate Street
Tel: 01244 312935
Fax: 01244 315534

Ellesmere Port Library
Civic Way
Ellesmere Port
South Wirral
Tel: 0151 357 4685
Fax: 0151 355 6849

Macclesfield Library
SK10 1EE
Tel: 01625 422512
Fax: 01625 612818

Crewe Library
Prince Albert Street
Tel: 01270 211123
Fax: 01270 256952

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Research consultant charges �20 per first hour; �18 thereafter
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations We don't hold a copy of the GRO index, but copies are held at:
Chester History and Heritage,
St Michael's Church,
Bridge Street Row East,
Tel: 01244 402110

5. Census returns

Full county coverage at Cheshire Record Office on microfilm/microfiche.
Partial coverage 1841-1891 on microfilm/microfiche at 17 largest County Libraries: Chester, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Nantwich, Northwich, Winsford, Macclesfield, Widnes, Runcorn Shopping City, Warrington, Congleton, Poynton, Wilmslow, Neston, Sandbach, Alsager, Knutsford

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Main set at Cheshire Record Office (hard copy)
Range 1780 Broster to 1939 Kelly's
A selection available in some libraries on microfiche, i.e. Cheshire: 1789, 1850, 1857, 1864, 1874, 1883, 1892
Lancashire: 1834, 1869, 1887, 1891, 1898, 1905, 1913, 1924

6(b) City and Town Directories

Some town directories held at Chester, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Crewe and Warrington Libraries

6(c) Telephone Directories

Short runs in some libraries

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Complete set at Cheshire Record Office.
Some libraries have runs of more recent registers for their own locality.

7(b) Poll Books

Partial coverage at the Cheshire Record Office

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Current edition for whole of UK kept at Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Warrington Libraries on microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Local studies database of over 20,000 entries available online at the Cheshire Record Office and at 17 libraries (listed above). Coverage includes: books, pamphlets, maps, holdings of census returns, parish registers, journals, illustrations, holdings of local newspapers

10. Parish Registers

Originals and transcripts available at the Cheshire Record Office.
Copies of some registers available on microfilm at some of the larger libraries.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Cheshire Life, Cheshire History, Cheshire Sheaf, Chetham Society, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society. Main sets at Cheshire Record Office. Shorter runs in some libraries.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Large collection of printed books and pamphlets and printed maps relating to Cheshire held at the Cheshire Record Office.

14. Guides to Collections

Cheshire Record Office Guide. Cheshire C.C. 1991. ISBN 0 906762 02 2 �8.50 + �1.25 postage. List of publications available on request, including Township Packs, which provide useful source material on many Cheshire townships.

15. Local Record Offices

Cheshire Record Office
Duke Street
Tel: 01244 602574
Fax: 01244 603812
[email protected]
We now have an online catalogue (ms and printed), an online wills database and railway staff database (with more to come...):

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