Family history is an exciting and worthwhile pastime but it is complex and can be time-consuming. Remember that you will not be able to complete your family tree on one visit to Nottinghamshire Archives or your local library and will need to come back several times.
There are many sources available for family historians, but remember they were not created for family historians. They are structured and organised in ways which reflect their original purpose. Because of this, it can take time and much searching to find an individual.
Some modern records held at Nottinghamshire Archives may contain sensitive personal information and access may be limited under the Data Protection Act. Whilst this can be frustrating, it is important to remember that you and your information are also protected by these restrictions. In some cases permission can be granted for access to or research to be undertaken for you in restricted records. Contact Archives for more information.
Types of records
Other sources of information
Other records which might be useful include:
- School records including admission registers
- Court records which can be used to find evidence of illegitimacy, convicts, transported felons and criminal pasts
- Police records are useful for ancestors who worked in the police force
- Hospital records including patients registers
- Rate books can show who owned or rented property
- Manorial records are useful for earlier ancestors and provide information on relationships and property
- Estate records for ancestors who lived on landed estates
- Maps and plans to help identify where people lived and tracing localities.
For more advice on which records to use and on visiting Nottinghamshire Archives, please contact us.