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Plymouth City 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Unpublished indexes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.plymouthlibraries.info
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DEV; CON;

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local and Naval Studies Library
Central Library
Drake Circus

Tel: (01752) 305909
Fax: (01752) 305905
[email protected]

Contact: Joyce Brown (Local and Naval Studies Librarian)

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No. But list of independent researchers is available.


Provided by local Record Office? No.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837-1999 (Microfiche), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held.

5. Census returns

1841 Plymouth
1851 Devon
1861 Plymouth, Kingsbridge, Tavistock
1871 Plymouth
1881 Devon & Cornwall
1891 Plymouth & District with some parts of Dartmoor
1901 Plymouth

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Cornwall: 1823, 1830 - 1, 1873 - 1939.
Devon: 1720, 1798, 1830 - 1, 1850 - 1939.

6(b) City and Town Directories

Plymouth: 1812 - 1970 (some missing)

6(c) Telephone Directories

1954 - date (not complete)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

7(b) Poll Books

Not held.

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland: 1992 fiche.

9. Unpublished Indexes

Census street indexes.
Biographical index to newspaper articles.

10. Parish Registers

Transcripts of selection of Devon and Cornwall registers.
Baptisms, Burials and some marriage registers for Plymouth (Microfiche)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Navy List: 1783 to date
Cornwall Family History Society Journal: 1977 to date (some missing)
Devon Family Historian: 1977 to date
Transactions of the Devonshire Association: 1862 to date.
Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries: 1900 to date.
Devon Historian: 1970 to date.
Devon Life: 1966 to date.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Navy Records Society
Hakluyt Society
Devon and Record Society: 1900 to date (some missing)

13. Other material

The library has albums of nineteenth and twentieth century theatre programmes which illustrate the theatrical life of Plymouth.

Collected works of Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould and Eden Philpotts

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office
Unit 3, Clare Place

Tel: (01752) 305940
[email protected]

Other information