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Southampton 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Unpublished indexes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.southampton.gov.uk/education/libraries/main.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): HAM

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Special Collections Library
Southampton Reference Library
Civic Centre
SO14 7LW
Tel: 023 8083 2205
Fax: 023 8033 6305
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 09.30-19.00
Tuesday: 09.30-19.00
Wednesday: 09.30-19.00
Thursday: 09.30-19.00
Friday: 09.30-19.00
Saturday: 09.30-16.00

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Limited, specific requests undertaken at Librarian's discretion.

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? No but Southampton Archives has available a list of local researchers.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1841-1901 Southampton and some surrounding parishes

Name index for 1851 and 1881 censuses. 1891 index in progress by Hampshire Genealogical Society. 1871 & 1881 index in progress by volunteer members of Southampton Libraries and Archives' Family History Club.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Hampshire 1784-1939
Isle of Wight 1879-1937

6(b) City and Town Directories

Southampton 1803-1975
Portsmouth 1918-1976
Winchester 1937-1972
Bournemouth 1935-1975

6(c) Telephone Directories

Southampton 1940-
Southampton Yellow Pages 1980-

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Southampton 1932-

Registers for 1832-1918, 1930-31 are available in
Southampton Archives

7(b) Poll Books

Poll Books and related material for Southampton

Earlier records are available in Southampton Archives

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition on microfiche for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland

9. Unpublished Indexes

See Section 13

10. Parish Registers

Transcripts of Southampton Anglican parishes and a few adjacent parishes; various dates to 1812 or 1837. Indexed by name
Originals held in Southampton Archives, with name index usually to c.1900

A few non-conformist registers (transcripts only) indexed by name, to 1837

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family Tree Magazine 1992-
Genealogists Magazine 1925-
Hampshire Family Historian 1994-

Gentleman's Magazine 1733-1869
Hampshire Magazine 1960-
Proceedings Hampshire Field Club 1885-

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Newspaper clippings of local interest since 1939 (includes biographical clippings). This is in lieu of indexing local newspapers

Over 10,000 printed books, as well as pamphlets, illustrations, maps and newspapers/periodicals on Southampton and its region

Indexes to newspaper clippings, journal articles and ships
Major maritime collection focused on merchant shipping. Indexes to ships, shipping lines and to publications on the 'Titanic'

14. Guides to Collections

Local Studies and other historical collections in Southampton and South West Hampshire. 2000 (free from Special Collections Library on receipt of a SAE)

15. Local Record Offices

Southampton Archives Service
Civic Centre
SO14 7LY
Tel: 023 8083 2251
Fax: 023 8083 2156
[email protected]

Other information

Official proof of address is required to use the Special Collections Library.

Advanced booking of microfilm and microfiche readers/printers is recommended.