We suggest that before visiting any Archive, Record Office etc you contact them or visit their website to establish their current opening hours and to ensure they have the documents that you wish to view.

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The National Archives is England’s main repository.  There is something here for every family and local history researcher from local records to military ones; a lot of helpful information to help you put flesh on the bones of your ancestors.  New visitors may be able to join an introductory talk on arrival.  A Reader's Ticket is essential. Check their site for up-to-date information prior to planing your visit.
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
Colindale Avenue London NW9 5HE
Third Floor, Holburn Telephone Exchange, 268-270 High Holburn, London WC1V 7EE
40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL
14 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA


County, Regional and Diocesan Repositories

Holds city charters, school, hospital, business and church records, electoral roll, maps, censuses and IGI.
Holds parish registers for churches within the City of Birmingham; extensive collection of directories, rate books, etc., for the city.  Top two floors of the Central Library building.
Civil records for the county, parish registers for Derbyshire parishes and records for the diocese of Derby.  School, electoral, court and many more records relating to the county.
Parish registers & bishops' transcripts for the diocese of Gloucester, probates, county records and archived collections including electoral lists and prison records.
The usual civil records and parish registers for the county.  In addition, there are a number of holdings for estates within the area (some of which held land beyond Leicestershire).
Parish registers and bishops' transcripts for the diocese of Lichfield which previously included Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, parts of Shropshire.  Probates, marriage licence bonds & allegations, and much more.
This repository includes the Lincoln diocesan records, and the records for the Peculiar Jurisdiction of Leicester, Rutland, Northampton and Nottingham along with usual county archives.
Holds county records and the Peterborough diocesan records covering Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Stoke of Peterborough.  A number of holdings include material relating to other counties.
Holds archives for the county of Nottinghamshire, the city of Nottingham, the diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, and other local bodies, families and individuals.
A new home for the Oxfordshire Record Office, Oxfordshire Studies and Oxfordshire Health Archives. Over 800 years of historic documents relating to the county - registers, letters, maps, wills, diaries, and many more.
Despite the location and name, this archive holds a number of deposits relating to north Warwickshire - well worth a visit.
Parish registers for the county along with civil records.  Holds a number of Roman Catholic and non-conformist records.  Shropshire once had a thriving coal industry: miners often moved between the mining areas of Shropshire, Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.
In addition to copies of parish registers, you will find Poor Law records along with the county archives.  
Close by is the William Salt Library  another useful source for family historians.
Local civil records including Poor Law, education, etc.  Copies of parish registers for the county.  Note that Warwickshire was originally in the Lichfield and Worcester dioceses.
Worcestershire Record Office comprises three branches, two of which are open to the public. Use the links below to find out more about the records and sources held at each branch and for details about visiting them. The County Hall Branch holds original documents and indexes to probates along with extensive records from solicitors, companies, etc but the History Centre Branch holds probates on film, parish registers, etc.


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