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Luton 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Unpublished indexes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.luton.gov.uk/libraries/index.html
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): BDF

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Luton Central Library
St George's Square
Tel: 01582 547420/547421
Fax: 01582 547450
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 1100-1900
Tuesday: 0900-1900
Wednesday: 0900-1900
Thursday: 0900-1900
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 0930-1700
Sunday: 1400-1700

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A

Provided by local Record Office? Contact Bedfordshire County Record Office 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 None held

5. Census returns

1841-1901 for Luton in microform
1881 British census on CD-ROM
1891 Bedfordshire census on CD-ROM

1851 Ecclesiastical census for Luton on microfiche, and for Bedfordshire in transcription

Indexes to Bedfordshire's census returns 1851, 1881

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Bedfordshire 1785-1940

Bedfordshire directories on CD-ROM:

Pigot's Directory 1830
Post Office Directory 1847
Post Office Directory 1864
Post Office Directory 1869
Post Office Directory 1877
Kelly's Directory 1890
Kelly's Directory 1898

6(b) City and Town Directories

Luton 1903-1975

6(c) Telephone Directories

Bedford area (including Luton) 1961-1980
Luton, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard 1982 to date
Yellow pages - Bedford (including Luton) 1985 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Luton 1949 to date
South Bedfordshire 1848 - 1970 on microfilm

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

British Isles, 1992 edition

9. Unpublished Indexes


10. Parish Registers

Transcripts of all Bedfordshire parish registers from the earliest available until 1812.

Microfiche copies of Luton and South and Mid-Bedfordshire parishes post 1812.

CD-ROM index to Bedfordshire parish register transcriptions up to 1812

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bedfordshire Magazine vol. 1 (1947) - vol. 26 (1999)
Bedfordshire County Life Magazine Summer 1998 to date
Bedfordshire Family History Society Journal vol. 1 (1977) to date
Family History News and Digest vol. 1 (1977) to date
Hertfordshire Countryside 1963 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Luton Cemetery Records:
St. Mary's Parish Church burial records 1813-1904
Crawley Green Road Cemetery 1854-1988 (microfiche)
Rothsay Road Cemetery 1855-1964 (microfilm)

Cemetery records:
Index to Luton parish chuch burials, 1813 - 1904

Army Roll of Honour - World War II: Soldiers Died in the Second World War 1939-45
Luton General Cemetery (Rothesay Road)
National Burial Index
Return of Owners of Land 1873 Bedfordshire
Soldiers Died in the Great War
Vital Records Index  Second Edition

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

The County Archivist
County Record Office
County Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
Tel: Bedford 01234 228833 or 228777
Fax: 01234 228619

Other information

1901 census vouchers may be bought from the library by personal callers only