My Account

Local and Family History

In the Library | Online

Libraries have an amazing wealth of resources to support your local and family history research, so why not visit us or discover more online?  Whether you are just starting your research or a seasoned researcher we can offer access to resources and advice that will help you.

In the Library

Physical Resources

Discover census records, parish registers, old local newspapers, the Victoria County History and more in your local library.
For details of what is available in your local library follow the link below:

IT Resources

Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries offer access to the world famous Just come in and log on to the public computers or WiFi - all you need is your library card number and PIN.


Don't know your marrriage indexes from certificates?  Not sure how to start or where to go next?  The Local and Family History A-Z on the Virtual Library provides definitions of the resources and where you can locate them. There are also Top Tips on researching your family history, military records and the history of your house.

There is a mind bending amount of information available online, it is almost overwhelming.  Why not start with our recommended websites on WebLinks?

The Virtual Library also has an amazing amount of local history information about communities in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, photos, maps, timelines, extracts from directories, news articles, and more.  Follow the links below to explore these, often unique, resources:

Need more help?

Got a question? Want to know more?  Then visit your local library and talk to a member of staff, or contact Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries.

Also the Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service, based in Bedford are there to help.


Local History Books

Author: Hunter, Nick
Author: Friar, Stephen
Author: Richardson, John
Author: Dunning, Robert
Author: Petty, Mike
Author: Library Management
Author: Readers Digest