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  BRITISH LIBRARY
   
 
OVERVIEW
 

The British Library contains an unrivalled range of collections. Those of key interest to family historians include its extensive collection of Electoral Registers, its collection of Army and Navy Lists and its vast collection of national and local newspapers. The library is split between two locations. The main centre is at St. Pancras in London. The other centre is at Boston Spa in Yorkshire

   
  CONTACT
  Address The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
  Telephone (01937) 546060
  E-Mail Visitor-Services@bl.uk
  Boston Spa Reading Room The British Library also provides a reading room at their Boston Spa centre. See their website page for address, telephone number and opening hours
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Opening Times page within the library's website
  Entry Access readers pass required to use the reading rooms - see the Reader Registration page within the library's website for details
  Visiting Guide see St Pancras Reading Rooms page within the library's website for index to set of comprehensive guides on ordering items in advance, facilities provided, reading rooms rules, etc
  Directions see Finding the British Library page within the library's website for comprehensive directions and street map
  Postal Research see Help for Researchers page within the library's website for guide to fee based search services provided on India Office baptisms, marriages and burials
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary see the library's website guides to its Electoral Registers and India Office archives - collections of key interest to family historians include:
   
  • Complete set of electoral registers from 1947 and over 20,000 of earlier ones
  • British Army and Royal Navy lists from 1642 onwards
  • India Office records
  Newspapers

newspapers can be a very useful source of information on ancestors, particularly in respect of "adding flesh to the bones" - the library holds:

   
  • the most extensive worldwide collection of national and local newspapers and magazines for the British Isles
  • the most extensive worldwide collection of Irish newspapers
  • extensive collection of commonwealth newspapers
  • early American newspapers
  Online Catalogue the online catalogue lists over 13 million items in the British Library's collections
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying self service (using pre-paid cards) or counter service for permitted documents - see Copying Services page for details and charges
  Repro Services digital scanning and photographic reproduction services available - see Imaging Services page within the library's website
  Own Photos not permitted
  Microform microform printers available
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content comprehensive guide to visiting the library
  Navigation hampered by the need to accomodate the diverse requirements of a wide range of British Library users of whom family historians are just one group
   
   
   
  NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES
   
  OVERVIEW
 

The National Library of Wales is generally acknowledged as the foremost centre for researching Welsh genealogy.

In addition to holding collections of original documents that are of key interest to family historians (pre 1858 Welsh wills, many Welsh parish registers, etc.), it also provides access to microfilm/fiche copies of key genealogical collections held elsewhere (e.g. nonconformist registers, General Register Office master indexes, etc.)

Housed in an attractive complex with excellent facilities, the National Library of Wales goes out of its way to welcome family historians tracing their Welsh ancestors.

   
  CONTACT
  Address National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU
  Telephone (01970) 632800
  E-Mail use the library's online enquiries form
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Opening Times page within the library's website for details
  Entry Access a readers ticket is required to use the reading rooms - see the How to Obtain a Reader's Ticket page within the library's website for details
  Visiting Guide see Reading at the NLW page within the library's website
  Directions see How to Get to the NLW page within the library's website for a comprehensive guide on how to get to the National Library of Wales by public transport and car, together with an excellent three dimensional street map
  Postal Research no fee based service provided
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary

see Records page for index to information on different holdings within the NLW

  Online Catalogue see the NLW's online catalogue
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying self-service available (A4 size only) for permitted documents - see Photocopying page within the library's website for details
  Repro Services the library provides an extensive photographic and digital reproduction service
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content comprehensive on both visiting the library and on the library's holdings
  Navigation clear
   
   
 
This page last updated: 3 January 2017