Thinking about researching your family history? We have a subscription to Ancestrylibrary.com, the popular family history website, if you access the website from the archives or any Peterborough library you gain FREE access to thousands of databases including census, military, birth, marriage and death records. Peterborough's parish registers can be found on ancestrylibrary.com. The archives service also holds a variety of physical resources to support family history, in our local studies collection and in our archival collections. Why not come and explore your history...
Once you’ve worked out the basic details of your family history, you’ll want to start finding out more information about your ancestors. Family history research is not just about ‘stamp collecting’ the names of your ancestors, it’s a chance to learn more about the world that they lived in. The archives hold a variety of records that can help you build your family's story, such as school, coroners', criminal and business records. Ask yourself the following questions and if the answer is yes, contact the archives to see if we hold records for the institutions and dates you are looking for.
Are you interested in family history but not sure where to start?
Or have you started looking into your family tree but are struggling with all the different sources available?
We hold family history courses a few times a year ranging from basic for beginners through to specific topics for the more advanced researcher. Check our 'What's On' section of the website to see when the next available courses are. Alternatively, contact the archives.
Find out more about our research service here.