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St. Helens, Metropolitan Borough of

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Unpublished indexes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): MSY

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

St. Helens Local History & Archives Library
Central Library
Gamble Institute
Victoria Square
St. Helens
WA10 1DY
Tel: 01744 456952
Fax: 01744 20836

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-2000
Tuesday: 0930-1700
Wednesday: 0930-2000
Thursday: 0930-1700
Friday: 0930-1700
Saturday: 0930-1600

There is access for disabled people via a lift from street level.

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A.

Provided by local Record Office? No

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations England and Wales (microfiche and microfilm):
Births, 1837-1960: Deaths, 1837-1960: Marriages, 1837-1960

G.R.O. overseas registrations for British nationals (microfiche):
Army returns 1796-1965
Consular returns 1849-1965
UK High Commission returns prior to 1981
Births Abroad 1966-1994
Army returns 1796-1965
Consular returns 1849-1965
UK High Commission & Articles 18 marriage deposits
Marriages Abroad 1966-1994 (inc. Article 7 deposits)
Army returns 1796-1965
Consular returns 1849-1965
UK High Commission returns 1950-1965
Deaths Abroad 1966-1994
War Deaths:
Boer War: Natal & South African Field Forces
World War I: Army Other Ranks; Army Officers; Navy
World War II: Army Other Ranks; Army Officers; Naval Ratings; Naval Officers; RAF; Indian Overseas
Regimental records (and records from the Ionian Islands)
Births & Baptisms - from Regimental registers 1761-1924
Marriages (press numbers only)
Ionian Islands (civil and Regimental) 1818-1864
Marine & Air Records
Marine births & deaths 1837-1965
Air births & deaths 1947-1965

5. Census returns

1841- 1891 returns for the whole modern borough of St. Helens
The 1881 census index on microfiche is available for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, while the CD version of the same data also covers Scotland.
The 1891 census index for Sctotland is also on microfiche.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

6(b) City and Town Directories

St. Helens directories start in 1819 and continue at irregular intervals to the 1960s.

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Registers for the old borough of St. Helens from 1870 to present. Urban districts in St. Helens covered from 1974.

7(b) Poll Books

Hardshaw and Parr (St Helens). 1 poll book 1855-1863
Wirdle (St Helens). 1 poll book 1855-1863
(Both give names but no addresses)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1988 & 1992 editions held at St. Helens Local History & Archives Library. Also CD-ROM for whole world.

9. Unpublished Indexes

Card catalogues and calendars of archive collections.

10. Parish Registers

Local registers: Complete set of Lancashire Parish Register Society volumes.: Guides of the National index of parish registers.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Archives, 1949- .
The Ancestor, 1902-1905.
Family Tree Magazine, 1986- .
Family History News & Digest, 1977- .
Genealogists Magazine, 1984- .
Irish Family, 1986- 1992 (incomplete).
Journal of Regional & Local Studies, 1980- .
Lancashire Dialect Society Journal, 1951- 1992.
Liverpool Family History/ Historian, 1977- .
Local Historian, 1968- .
Oral History, 1981- (incomplete).
Period Living, 1993- .
The Record (Lancashire Authors Assoc.), 1960- .

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Ordnance Survey maps, for the whole borough, from the 1840s onwards.
Tithe maps from the 19th century are held for the borough.
Wills and inventories. Contact the Lancashire Record Office or the Cheshire Record Office for details.

14. Guides to Collections

Tracing your family tree - free leaflet.
In preparation: Guide to genealogical sources

15. Local Record Offices

Addresses not supplied.

Other information

Publications for sale:
Mining memories: an illustrated record of coal mining in St Helens. �6.95 + �1. p&p UK mainland, �10 inc. p&p overseas.
A history of St Helens libraries, �2.50 + �1 p&p UK mainland, �5 inc. p&p overseas.