Local and Family History
Our libraries are a treasure trove of information about local and family history. There is no better place for you to begin your research.
Many of our local and family history materials are unique and sometimes irreplaceable. You may need to use most of our physical resources at the library.
We also have access to some great online resources, including a free subscription to:
This means you don’t need to pay for your own subscription!
Some libraries offer 1-2-1 sessions with volunteers or IT buddies, who can help you with your family or local studies research. Staff can also direct you to local groups, societies and courses where you can learn more.
In September and October each year the Staffordshire History Festival takes place across Staffordshire Libraries and Arts, Archives and Museums. It's a two-month celebration of our local history and cultural heritage in Staffordshire. We offer a range of events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with our past.
In addition to the family history resources available at Your Library, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service have a wealth of original sources available. The Family History Resources page on their website gives an overview of what is held at each of their offices, in Stafford and Stoke on Trent, as well as links to their online resources. The William Salt Library, Stafford has the most extensive local studies holdings in Staffordshire. Please see the Finding Records page on their website for details of what they hold.
If you're just getting started
Here are some beginner’s guides to help you: