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									Researching the history of your local                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sheffield Archives
community or your family is a very               Barnsley                                                        Doncaster                                                             Rotherham                                                      Sheffield                                                   52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP
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popular pastime. This leaflet will help you   Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Department                  Doncaster Local Studies Library                                       Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service                   Sheffield Libraries Local Studies Service                      Fax. 0114 203 9398
to find the sources of local and family       Central Library, Shambles Street, Barnsley S70 2JF              Central Library, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3JE                         Central Library & Arts Centre, Walker Place,                   Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ               Email:
                                              Tel: 01226 773950                                               Tel: 01302 734307                                                     Rotherham S65 1JH                                              Tel: 0114 273 4753                                             (please include your postal address)
history in South Yorkshire.
                                              Fax: 01226 773955                                               Fax: 01302 369749                                                     Tel: 01709 823616                                              Fax. 0114 273 5009                                    /archives
These libraries and archives are              Email:                                 Email:                          Fax: 01709 823650                                              Email:
your starting point for this fascinating                                                      Email:                      studies                             Monday 10am-5.30pm
hobby. If you are planning to visit for                                                                       and follow links under Leisure in Doncaster.                                                                                                                          Tuesday to Thursday: 9.30am-5.30pm
                                              Monday and Wednesday 9.30am - 6pm                                                                                                     and follow links under Learning.                               Monday 10am-8pm                                                Friday Closed
the first time you are advised to contact     Tuesday and Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm                              Monday 9am-6pm                                                                                                                       Tuesday to Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm                             Saturday 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
them in advance to check on                   Thursday Closed                                                 Tuesday and Friday 8.30am-6pm                                         Monday Closed                                                                                                                 Closed for 2 weeks annual stocktaking in Feb/March
opening times and for details of              Saturday 9.30am - 1pm                                           Wednesday and Thursday 8.30am-8pm                                     Tuesday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm                               A special reference collection of printed material relating
                                                                                                              Saturday 9am-5pm                                                      Wednesday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm                             to Sheffield and the surrounding area including books          We hold archives relating to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and
any identification you may                    A wealth of records and information covering Barnsley                                                                                 Thursday 1pm - 7pm                                             and pamphlets, journals, newspapers and indexed                north Derbyshire dating from the 12th to 21st centuries.
be asked to provide.                          Metropolitan Borough such as parish records, old title deeds,   Historical and contemporary information relating to                   Friday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm                                newspaper cuttings, trade directories, voters’ lists, census   These can be used for family and local history research
                                              wills, local photographs, maps and newspapers.                  the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, together                       Saturday 9.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm                            returns, photographs, maps, videos and sound recordings.       including the history of people and society, buildings and
                                                                                                              with supporting material on South Yorkshire and the                                                                                  Information and reports on present day Sheffield including     the natural environment, education, business and industry,
                                                                                                              neighbouring counties of Nottingham and Lincolnshire.                 Material on all aspects of life within the Metropolitan        census and other local statistics and development plans.       religion, health, politics etc. You will need to register as a
                                                                                                              This material covers many different aspects, such as history,         Borough from the earliest times to the present day. We have                                                                   reader on your first visit - please see our website for further
                                                                                                              geography, industry, transport, health, social life, education,       been collecting archives and local studies material since      Sheffield Libraries Arts, Social Sciences and                  details.
                                                                                                              sport and leisure, population, natural history, religion and          1880.                                                          Sports Library.
                                                                                                              economics. Sources for family history are also available.                                                                            Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ               Brief details of most of our holdings and full lists of some
                                                                                                              More detailed information on our holdings can be found on             There are extensive sources for the study of local and         Tel: 0114 273 4747/4748                                        collections are available on the Access to Archives website
                                                                                                              our website.                                                          community history, family history, geography and sociology.    Fax: 0114 273 5009                                             (see over).
                                                                                                                                                                                    We hold over 550 collections of archives, including official   E-mail:
                                                                                                              Doncaster Archives                                                    bodies such as local government, Quarter Sessions and         Mormon Family History Centre
                                                                                                              King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 0NA                            the Magistrates’ Court, hospitals and schools; businesses                                                                     Wheel Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield
                                                                                                              Tel: 01302 859811                                                     and industries; families and estates; and nonconformist        Monday 10 am - 8 pm                                            Tel: 0114 245 3124
                                                                                                              Email:                            churches. Among our local studies collections are over 6,500   Tuesday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm                                      Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 2pm and 7pm - 9pm
                                                                                                                                    books and pamphlets, including trade and street directories;   Wednesday 9.30 am - 8 pm                                       Please note the centre can only be contacted by phone
                                                                                                                                                                                    journals and newspapers; maps and plans including the          Thursday to Saturday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm                         during opening hours.
                                                                                                              Monday to Friday: 9am-12.45pm and 2pm-4.45pm                          digital mapping system; and over 20,000 photographs which
                                                                                                                                                                                    have been scanned and are available through the ViewFinder     Introductory material on tracing your family tree including
                                                                                                              Doncaster Archives collects and preserves the Doncaster               system.                                                        selected parish registers for Yorkshire and surrounding
                                                                                                              district’s heritage of historical documents and makes it                                                                             counties. Society publications including Surtees, Yorkshire
                                                                                                              available to members of the public in its reading room.               There are also microfilm                                       Archaeological and the Harleian. Dictionaries of names. The
                                                                                                              Records, ranging in date over eight hundred years from                copies of the census returns                                   International Genealogical Index on microfiche. Books on
                                                                                                              the 1190s to the 1990s, cover businesses, charities, courts,           and parish registers,                                         family crests, coats of arms, the peerage and landed gentry
                                                                                                              churches, hospitals, schools, local authorities, political parties,   many with extensive                                            as well as the magazines Family History News and Digest and
                                                                                                              trade unions, local societies and smaller collections of records      indexes.                                                       Genealogists Magazine.
                                                                                                              of all descriptions. Holdings are fully described in Brian
                                                                                                              Barber, A guide to Doncaster Archives (Doncaster, 2001).

                                                                                                              You will need to register as a
                                                                                                              reader on your first visit -
                                                                                                              please see our website for
                                                                                                              further details.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looking for Local
                                                                                                                                       Commonwealth War Graves Commission                                  £ Genfair                                                                              This leaflet has been produced by SINTO -
   Special services                                                     Useful websites                                                                                                                                                            the information partnership for South
                                                                                                                                       Details and final resting places of the military casualties of      Publications and other resources for family and local                                  Yorkshire and north Derbyshire as part of
Picture Sheffield is a computerised system containing over
30,000 digitised photographs and other images of the city.
You can view the whole collection at Sheffield Local Studies
                                                                     These websites have been chosen by local libraries as
                                                                     the best starting point for finding information on local
                                                                     and family history. A £ symbol indicates that payment is
                                                                                                                                       both World Wars.

                                                                                                                                       Every Generation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the South Yorkshire Access to Libraries for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Learning agreement (SYALL) with funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the Frontline Fund for Archives and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Family History
Library during normal opening hours, where prints can be
ordered for almost immediate delivery.
                                                                     required for the whole or part of the service.

                                                                     £ 1837 online .com
                                                                                                                                       Empowering and influencing the black community through
                                                                                                                                       history, family genealogy and heritage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Variety of useful pages on family history (Genealogy UK and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ireland = GENUKI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Libraries awarded by the Yorkshire Museums,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Libraries & Archives Council (YMLAC).                       in South Yorkshire
In addition, around 10,000 of these images are available on
the Picture Sheffield website at
- making our collections available worldwide.
                                                                     Indexes to births, marriages and deaths for England and
                                                                     Wales from 1837-2001. Payment by credit/debit card,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Historical Directories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A large print version of this leaflet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is available from the SINTO office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  0114 225 5739/40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A guide to sources
ViewFinder includes 20,000 photographs of places, people
and events in the Rotherham area - it is the digital version
                                                                     minimum £5.00. See also Free BMD below.

                                                                     £ 1901 Census
                                                                                                                                       Directory of family history resources held in public libraries in
                                                                                                                                       the UK and Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Digitised copies of local directories for England and Wales for
                                                                                                                                                                                                           selected years.                                                                        SINTO, Nov 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of information
of Rotherham Archives & Local Studies Service collection                               Family History Societies                                            The Mormon Church/Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU)
of illustrations. ViewFinder is available to the public on           Search the 1901 census by name or address (free), view and        Barnsley                          
workstations within the Archives & Local Studies Service in          print transcripts or facsimilies of the census pages, charge of   Doncaster                                    Vast database of surnames with search facility.
the Central Library, and also at Clifton Park Museum, and the        50p/75p. Minimum charge £5.00 - voucher.                          Rotherham
Community Libraries at Dinnington, Kiveton Park, Maltby,                                                                               Sheffield                                   Moving Here
Swinton, Thurcroft and Wath.                                         £                                                                                                                                                                                  Family Records Centre                                               Digitised items to illustrate the migration of Jewish, South
Archives+and+Museums/ViewFinder/                                     Search the complete England & Wales censuses 1841-1901                                             Asian, Irish and Caribbean communities to England.
                                                                     and the 1841 Scotland Census. Minimum charge £4.95. Plus          Helps you find national records and other sources you need
Access to Archives is a national website providing on-line           birth, marriage & death indexes 1837-2004 free of charge.         for your family history research.                                   £ National Archives
lists of archives in record offices all over England. You can find                                                                                                                               
                                                                     Archives Hub                                                      Federation of Family History Societies                              Details of national records with links to other sites.
information about sources in South Yorkshire which were
                                                                                                                                                   Basic searches are free, there are charges if you wish to
included in the following projects: -
                                                                     A national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK              Information about the Federation and its member societies.          download copies of original documents.
■ Yorkshire Signpost - Summary information on the archive
                                                                     universities and colleges.                                        Contains a ‘help with research’ section.
    collections available to the public in Barnsley, Doncaster,
    Rotherham and Sheffield.                                                                                                                                                                               Sheffield Genealogy
                                                                     BBC Family History                                                Free BMD                                                  
■ Broad Acres - Family and estate archives.
                                                                                                                                 Links for family and social history and mailing list.
■ Shafts of Light - Records relating to coal mining in South
                                                                     Includes a link to a step-by-step guide to the resources and      Free access to births, marriages and deaths indexes for
                                                                     techniques of family history research.                            England and Wales from 1837-1983 (incomplete)                       Sheffield Indexers
■ Yorkshire Made - Records of business and industry.                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                       Friends of Barnsley Archives and Local Studies                      Indexes to census returns and transcripts of Sheffield trade
                                                                                                                                       Go to and search under Friends of               directories.
                                                                     Dedicated to assisting people with their British family history
                                                                                                                                       Barnsley Archives.
                                                                     research.                                                                                                                             Society of Genealogists
                                                                     Catholic History                                                  Friends of Rotherham Archives                             
                                                                                                                                              Research material, guidance and support for those
                                                                     Information and many useful links about tracing Catholic                                                                              interested in family history and the lives of earlier
                                                                                                                                       General Register Office                                             generations.
                                                                     Coal Mining History Resource Centre                               Information on how to obtain a birth, marriage or death             Yorkshire Births, Marriages and Deaths                                                                                                             Published by SINTO - the information
                                                                                               certificate and how to use the services at the Family Records                                                                                                                            partnership for South Yorkshire with financial
                                                                     Includes the national database of mining deaths and injuries      Centre                                                              Index to records of local births, marriages and deaths back to                                                                                     support from the Yorkshire Museums, Libraries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Acknowledgements for illustrations: Sheffield Museums, Libraries and Archives,
                                                                     in Great Britain 1850 - 1972.                                                                                                         the start of civil registration in 1837.                          Barnsley Libraries, Rotherham Archives and Local Studies, Derek Littlewood.      & Archives Council Nov 2006.
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