Starting Points

The best place to start your family history research is usually with

  •  records of births, marriages and deaths, which start in 1837
  • census returns, 1841-1911


These records are available on the Internet on a number of different websites, some of which are subscription sites.


We offer free access to many family history websites, including Ancestry and Find My Past.


Find out more about our computers and Internet access here.

Photograph of 7 young women in Victorian dress

The daughters of the Reverend Windsor-Tucker, c.1880 (Ref. 0418/3)