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City of York 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Unpublished indexes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.york.gov.uk/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): YKS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

York Central Library
Reference and Information Service
Museum Street
Tel: 01904 655631
Fax: 01904 611025

Opening hours:

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes. �10.00 per hour

Provided by local 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 Births, Deaths and Marriages - RGI indexes from 1937 in microform 1837-1980 for England and Wales

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 - York and the Ainsty
All census returns are on microfilm
1881 Census index compiled by The Federation of Family History Societies is available for England on microfiche

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

North, East and West Ridings of Yorkshire available, various dates from the earliest in 1822 up to 1939

6(b) City and Town Directories

Comprehensive set of directories for the City of York. Dates range from 1781-1975

6(c) Telephone Directories

York area 1958 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Electoral registers for the City of York from 1832 to the present day. Registers for villages around York are kept from 1970 onwards

7(b) Poll Books

Eighteenth and nineteenth century poll books for the City of York and Yorkshire

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1994 edition, available at York Reference Library on microfiche. It is necessary to book a microfiche reader in advance. Please give two weeks' notice

9. Unpublished Indexes

York Newspaper Index to subjects and people. Compiled by the library, it dates from 1728 to the present day
The Persons Index lists all obituary notices of York Citizens, some marriages and births, also insolvency notices and York firms and businesses

10. Parish Registers

A large collection of parish registers for many York churches and Yorkshire parishes. They are transcripts and copies. All those published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society are available.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

The Dalesman
Yorkshire Life
York Times
Runs of journals and newsletters produced by York companies, associations, schools and groups

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Boyd's Marriage Index - Yorkshire Section 1539-1837
York Marriage Index 1701-1837

13. Other material

York newspapers:Yorkshire Evening Press 1882 to date
York Courant 1728-1848
York Chronicle 1772-1835
York Herald 1790-1889, which became
The Yorkshire Herald 1890-1954, which amalgamated with the
Yorkshire Gazette 1819-1954 to form the
Yorkshire Gazette and Herald 1954 to date
The majority of newspapers are on microfilm.
Also illustrations collection comprising over 9,000 items. Main part of collection is black and white photographs of York streets of varying dates

14. Guides to Collections

Researching Family History in York Reference Library by R.G. Bowling. �1.00 available from York Reference Library

15. Local Record Offices

City of York Archives
Art Gallery Buildings
Exhibition Square
Tel: 01904 551879

Other information

All locations are York Reference Library
Where it is stated that the sources are on microfilm/microfiche, it is vital that you book a reader before coming to the library. Please give two weeks' notice if possible.