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Oldham 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Unpublished indexes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

Oldham Local Studies and Archives
84 Union Street
Tel: 0161 911 4654
Fax: 0161 911 4654
[email protected]
Contacts: Roger Ivens (Local Studies Officer), Mrs M. Sienkiewicz (Archives Officer)

Opening hours:

Monday: 10.00-19.00
Tuesday: 10.00-14.00
Wednesday: 10.00-17.00
Thursday: 10.00-19.00
Friday: 10.00-17.00
Saturday: 10.00-16.00

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local 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 -

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 - covering Oldham Metropolitan Borough.
All holdings are in Oldham Local Studies and Archives

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~see attached leaflet, p.4$
Held in Oldham Local Studies and Archives

6(b) City and Town Directories

Oldham 1814-1965
Saddleworth 1814-1851

6(c) Telephone Directories

Oldham 1923, 1963 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Oldham 1850-1915 Burgess Rolls
Oldham Electoral Registers: 1869-1939, 1945 to date
Saddleworth Electoral Registers: 1973 to date
Crompton and Royton: 1973 to date
Failsworth: 1937, 1956 to date
Chadderton and Lees: 1949-1959, 1961-1963, 1966 to date

7(b) Poll Books

Oldham 1835-1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Lancashire. Microfiche. March 1992
Yorkshire. Microfiche. March 1992
Cheshire. Microfiche. March 1992
Derbyshire. Microfiche. March 1992

9. Unpublished Indexes

Obituaries published in local newspapers
Census: street indexes to all census returns; surname indexes to all census returns (except the 1901 census)
Index to photocopied wills collection
Index to wills proved at Chester (Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society)
Index to newspaper cuttings collection

10. Parish Registers

~See attached list$

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Memorial inscriptions ~see attached list$$

14. Guides to Collections

Guide: Tracing your family history at Oldham Local Studies and Archives
Parish Registers
Burgess Rolls and Electoral Registers
Archive Collections

15. Local Record Offices


Other information

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