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Coventry Metropolitan District 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Unpublished indexes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.coventry.gov.uk/leisure/library.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): WAR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies
Central Library
Smithford Way
Tel: 01203 832336
Fax: 01203 832440

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-2000
Tuesday: 0900-2000
Wednesday: 0930-2000
Thursday: 0900-2000
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 0900-1630

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? City Record Office
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations 1837-1899 Local Studies, Central Library. Microfiche

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 for Coventry, Bedworth and local villages
Indexed by street and not name. Local Studies, Central Library

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Warwickshire 1822 to 1940 Local Studies, Central Library

6(b) City and Town Directories

Coventry 1783 to 1970 Local Studies, Central Library

6(c) Telephone Directories

1948 to present

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Coventry 1834, 1857-59
All years since 1877 except for First and Second World Wars. Local Studies, Central Library

7(b) Poll Books

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche 1992 ed. England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Local Studies, Central Library.

9. Unpublished Indexes

1881 Census index: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, Staffordshire. Local Studies, Central Library.

Apprentices & Freemen 1781-1975 printed & card index archives.

10. Parish Registers

Microfilms of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials (also some banns) for Church of England parishes, c.1530s - c.1900 (some to 1980), for Coventry and the surrounding area, with some coverage of other Warwickshire parishes.
Coventry Archives (microfilms and printed)
Local studies (printed only)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

14. Guides to Collections

A Guide to Family History Sources in Coventry City Libraries available from Local Studies. �1

15. Local Record Offices

Coventry Archives
Mandela House
Bayley Lane
Tel: 01203 832418
Fax: 01203 832421

Other information