Local and family history at Your Library
All libraries have some local and family history resources and our biggest collections are at libraries in:
Finding out about your local history
Local history collections provide information about the area around Your Library.||
You can find out about what has happened in the past, how the shape and use of the land has changed, changes to the local population over the years, about local businesses and industry and much more.
Your Library has many different types of local and family history materials for you to explore. From maps and photographs, to newspapers and trade directories, we should have something to help you find the answers you are looking for.
Local studies collections contain some items you can borrow, but most of the materials have to be viewed in Your Library, as they are old, and sometimes irreplaceable.
Tracing your family history at Your Library
If your family is local, you might want to use our local history collections to trace your family history.
As a library member, you can access one of the best family history websites, Ancestry.co.uk||, for free.
You can do this at a computer at Your Library using your Library Card number and Library PIN.||
You might also find information on your ancestors using resources available in Your Library, such as parish or electoral registers and census data.
In the archives
In addition to the local and family history resources available at Your Library, you should also take a look at what is available from Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service|| and the William Salt Library|| in Stafford.
Try searching the Archive Service online catalogue, The Gateway to the Past.||
To help you get started, see our local and family history beginners' guides.