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Making it local - Notts Libraries & Family History Society

Local Studies

The Local Studies Library in Nottingham Central Library has information about the City of Nottingham specifically, and the County of Nottinghamshire generally.

In addition to census returns, parish registers, indexes, trade directories and Internet access to online resources, the collection includes one copy of virtually every book written about Nottinghamshire people, places and subjects. Also held are newspapers dating back to 1714, photographs, films and oral history recordings which provide a broad insight into the heritage of the area.

John Player & Sons no.2 factory on Radford Boulevard Nottingham c.1962 MS 627/1/2/141 courtesy of MSCUN. DD/RN/4/18/77: Raleigh advertising poster, 1950s, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives. DD/RN/6/12: Cycle inspection line, Raleigh Cycle Company, 1935, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives Lace dyeing at Birkins lace factory, Basford, Nottingham, 14 June 1914.  BBN/1/7 courtesy of Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham Acc 6611. Photograph of the new Midland Station 20th century, courtesy Nottinghamshire Archives


Libraries in the city of Nottingham and throughout the county have material relevant to their local area.

City library contact details can be found at mynottingham and county libraries can be found at

The Nottinghamshire Family History Society

The Nottinghamshire Family History Society brings together people interested in family history research, helps in the preservation and indexing of local genealogical records, and copies and publishes such records.

Having previously used its website as the principal means of communication, the Society has recently established a Research Room at the Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham. Membership is inexpensive and very good value for the support and encouragement it brings. 

PR 14779 Mansfield, 1594, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

DD/SR/227/17: Plan and survey of the manor of Eakring, 1604, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

PR 13515 Apprenticeship of Michael Berridge, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives



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    From: Friday, 1st January 2016

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017