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Rochdale 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Unpublished indexes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): LAN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Rochdale Local Studies Library
Arts and Heritage Centre
OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 864915
[email protected]
Contact: Julian Jefferson (Local Studies Access Officer)

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 11am - 4.30pm

Other Libraries:

Heywood Local Studies Library
Heywood Library
Church Street
Tel/fax: 01706 368683
Opening hours: Monday: 1000-1930; Monday, Thursday, Friday: 1000-1730; Wednesday: 1000-1230; Saturday: 0930-1300, 1400-1600

Middleton Local Studies Library
Middleton Library
Long Street
Tel: 0161 643 5228
Fax: 0161 654 0745
Contacts: Mrs P. Elliott, Mrs M. Payne (Job share)

3. Research Service

Service available? Limited; no trawls or extensive searches

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Greater Manchester 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 Rochdale

5. Census returns

Rochdale/Middleton/Heywood. 1841-1891 for all~See attached sheets for coverage$

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~See attached sheets for coverage$

6(b) City and Town Directories

~See attached sheets for coverage$

6(c) Telephone Directories

Rochdale and District: 1955, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975
Manchester NE (including Rochdale): 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

~See attached sheets for Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood$

7(b) Poll Books

1832, 1834, 1836, 1837, 1841, 1850, 1852, 1857

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1994 - Lancashire
1988 - All of England
1984 - All of England

9. Unpublished Indexes

~See attached sheets$

10. Parish Registers

Rochdale St Chad's Parish Church
~See attached sheet$

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family Tree
Practical Family History

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Nil. Archive lists (in house) available for consultation at the Library (Rochdale)

13. Other material

Rochdale wills; various pedigrees, monumental inscriptions
1851, 1841 census with name indexes,
1881 name index for Lancashire

14. Guides to Collections

In preparation

15. Local Record Offices

Greater Manchester County Record Office
56 Marshall Street
Tel: 0161 832 5284

Other information

Free Internet access available to the Local Studies Centre.