Family History

Family History and Research

Family History

Tracing the history of your family is a popular activity for a growing number of people. There is a bewildering number of courses, books and websites designed to give advice on how to start and information on the sources (both online and printed) you can use, so this section of our website aims to pull together some useful advice on family history in general to assist you with your search, together with information specific to Cheshire where this exists.

How do I get started?

Getting started in tracing your family tree
The Cheshire Collection  on FindMyPast has parish registers, bishops' transcripts, non conformist and Roman Catholic registers, marriage licence bonds and allegations, wills, electoral registers and workhouse registers available online. This subscription website is available free of charge in the Record Office searchroom and at libraries across Cheshire and Warrington.

The Library edition of Ancestry.com is available at the Record Office and in libraries in Cheshire East and Cheshire West as are microfilms of census returns and local parish registers.

If you cannot visit the Record Office in person, our research service will be happy to check our sources on your behalf 

Some common sources for family history

For Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Family History Societies