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Sefton 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Unpublished indexes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

Crosby Library
Crosby Road North
L22 0LQ
Tel: 0151 928 6487/8
Contact: Local History Librarian

Opening hours:

Other Libraries:

Southport Library
Lord Street
Tel: 0151 934 2119
Contact: Local History Librarian
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 1000-1700; Wednesday: 1000-2000; Thursday, Saturday: 1000-1300

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes, for non-residents (free to residents)

Provided by local Record Office? No. Merseyside County Record Office and Lancashire County Record Office hold material relevant to the Borough.
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: Crosby, Bootle, Southport, Formby
1881, 1891: Crosby, Bootle, Maghull, Southport, Formby

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Lancashire: very incomplete holdings 1822-1924. Held at Crosby

6(b) City and Town Directories

Liverpool. Incomplete holdings 1766-1970. Held at Crosby
Southport: 1824-1967 (incomplete). Held at Southport

6(c) Telephone Directories

Liverpool: 1958 to date (incomplete). Held at Crosby; 1969-1994. Held at Southport (incomplete)
Preston: 1982-1992. Held at Southport

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Bootle (incomplete) 1927 to date. Held at Crosby
Crosby (incomplete) 1939 to date. Held at Crosby

Southport 1867 to date. Held at Southport

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland. 1992 microfiche. Held at Crosby
England, Wales & Scotland. 1992 microfiche. Held at Southport

9. Unpublished Indexes


10. Parish Registers

Lancashire Parish Register Society printed volumes as published. Held at Crosby and Southport
St James, Bootle (originals)
Roman Catholic registers 1859-1941 (Baptisms); 1855-1933 (Marriages). Held at Crosby
St Winefride, Bootle (originals): Roman Catholic Registers 1895-1946 (Baptisms); 1896-1967 (Marriages). Held at Crosby

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material


14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices


Other information