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Sunderland, City of, Metropolitan District 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Unpublished indexes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): DUR, TWR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

City Library and Arts Centre
28-30 Fawcett Street
Tel: 0191 514235
Fax: 0191 514 8444

Opening hours:

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local Record Office? We will provide a limited research service, e.g. check specific details on census, etc. and provide a list of local professionals if the request is too involved

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre. R.G.'s indexes 1837-1883

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. Area covered by City of Sunderland. C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

1827-1963. Significantly poorer coverage post-war. C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre

6(b) City and Town Directories

c.50% of directories are city only. C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1842 to date

7(b) Poll Books

1820-1842. C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1994 C.D. Worldwide. C.L.A.C. Local Studies Centre

9. Unpublished Indexes

Biography index to own collection
Topographical index to own collection
Index to local paper 1831 to date.

10. Parish Registers

C of E in area of City of Sunderland. Coverage good, not complete. Microfilm copies

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Manuscript pedigrees of local families. J.W. Corder

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Durham Record Office
County Hall
Tel: 0191 3864411

Tyne & Wear Archives
Blandford House
Blandford Square
Newcastle on Tyne
Tel: 0191 2326789

Other information