Online resources and digital library

Family history


Tracing your family history just got a lot easier. You can access Ancestry in our libraries using our online access.

You can find:

  • United Kingdom and Ireland Census collections from 1841 to 1911 and Census collections from the US, Australia, Canada, and across Europe.
  • England and Wales Civil Registration Index for Births, Marriages and Deaths, and parish and probate records from the 1500s to the 1800s
  • military records, travel and immigration records, including border crossings, passenger arrival records and naturalization records
  • a large variety of American resources.

Visit Ancestry for more information.


Findmypast connects people to their family stories. With a bank of billions of digitised records, and access to some of the world’s most renowned historical databases, it allows you to connect to people, both past and present, and visualise your family story in more detail than ever before.

Findmypast covers research for the UK, Ireland, Australia and North America’s records. 

Among the many records you can find:

  • The 1911 Census for England and Wales
  • British Army Service Records
  • 1939 Register
  • The largest online collection of the UK Parish Records
  • The Catholic Heritage Archive
  • Military, Armed Forces and conflicts records
  • Travel and immigration records

Findmypast is available in our libraries and on your own device via the wi-fi within our sites.

Visit the Findmypast website for more information.


Last updated: 12 March 2024