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Portsmouth 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Unpublished indexes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.portsmouthcc.gov.uk/a.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879):

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Portsmouth Central Library,
Guildhall Square,
Tel. (023) 9268 8046 (enquiries)
Tel. (023) 9268 8045 (microfiche/film reader bookings)
E-mail for enquiries:
[email protected]

Opening hours:

9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Saturday
12.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sunday

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Yes
Museums & Records Service,
Museum Road,
Tel. (023) 9282 7261

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations GRO indexes for England and Wales, 1837 to 2000 on microfiches

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 (film); 1891, 1901 (fiches) for Portsmouth and South
East Hampshire, including Gosport, Fareham and Havant areas
1881 indexes on fiches for Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Sussex
and the Royal Navy
1881 Great Britain census on CD-ROM

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

County directories for Hampshire and some other counties, 1790s onwards
Various county directories (1930s)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Portsmouth directories 1783 to 1976
Other Hampshire towns including Gosport, Southampton, Winchester, Bournemouth: various dates

6(c) Telephone Directories

Portsmouth area 1938 onwards

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Portsmouth since 1932 (earlier years at Museums and Records Service)
Fareham and Gosport areas since 1961/2 to 2001
Havant area from late 1940s to 2000
Petersfield/East Hampshire areas from 1961 to 2000
Winchester District from 1978 to 2001

7(b) Poll Books

A few, 1705-1820

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

British Isles 1992 edition on microfiches
Rest of the World 1988 edition on microfiches

9. Unpublished Indexes

Card indexes:
Local History Index to pamphlets, magazine articles, news cuttings, illustrations, Portsmouth books, local history magazines from Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham & Havant, scrapbooks & miscellanea
Index to Hampshire Telegraph newspaper 1799-1942: especially good for births, marriages and deaths reported 1799-1825 and obituaries 1901-1942
Index to Evening News 1933 to date (1984 to date computerised)
Index to photographs of warships

10. Parish Registers

Microfiche copies of some registers of Portsea Island churches (originals at Museums & Records Service)
Some volumes of the Parish Register Society (various parishes)
Phillimore Hampshire Marriages (and a few volumes for other counties)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Hampshire Family Historian vol.1 (1974) to date (in Local Studies Collection)
Various modern family history journals from all over UK (part runs; all donated)

The following titles, many of which have ceased publication:
The Ancestor vols.1-12 (1902-5)
The Coat of Arms vols.1-4 incomplete (1950-6); vols.8-12 (1965-71);
New Series vols.1-13 (1974 to date)
Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica vols.1-8 (1834-43)
The Genealogical Magazine vols.1-7 (1897-1903)
The Genealogist vols.1-7 (1877-83); New Series vols. 1-6 (1884-90);
vols.12 to 25 (to 1909)
The Genealogists' Magazine vol.1 (1925) to date
The Herald and Genealogist vols. 1-6 (1863-1871)
Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica New Series vols.1,2,4 (1874-84);
Fifth Series vols.1-4 (1916-1922)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Some transcripts of parish registers compiled by the Hampshire Genealogical Society.

13. Other material

Near-complete runs of Army and Navy Lists; part run of Air Force Lists
Registers of pupils at various public schools
Alumni Oxonienses
Musgrave's Obituary
Collected biographies of naval officers, 1790s to 1861
Return of Owners of Land (England & Wales) 1873
Domesday Book (Phillimore edition)

14. Guides to Collections

"Trace your family history in the library" (joint Hampshire, Portsmouth & Southampton booklet) - free
Three free leaflets:
"The Genealogical Collection at Portsmouth Central Library"
"The Indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths"
"The International Genealogical Index"

15. Local Record Offices

City Records Office,
Museums & Records Service,
Museum Road,
Tel. (023) 9282 7261

Also Hampshire Record Office in Winchester

Other information

It is advisable to telephone at least one week in advance to book microfiche/film readers. Slots up to 3 hours may be booked in this way. It is also possible to book half-hour slots in person on the day only.

All readers using the Genealogical Collection (one of the Historical Collections) are asked to present a Portsmouth library ticket, CARN card, current student card, Armed Forces ID card or proof of name and address, such as a driving licence, on arrival each day.