2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources|
Local Studies Library
Bedford Central Library
Tel: 01234 350931
Fax: 01234 342163
Contact : Barry Stephenson, Local Studies Librarian
3. Research Service
No, but a list of local professional researchers is available from the library on request.
Provided by local Record Office?
Yes. Contact local record office for details.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.
Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1837- 2000. (Held at Bedford Central)
Overseas Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths (Held at Bedford Central)
5. Census returns
1841- 1901, Bedfordshire: 1881, Census surname index for all English counties and Welsh counties. (Held at Bedford Central)
The Bedfordshire Family History Society Surname Index to the 1851 Bedfordshire Census
6(a) County and Regional Directories
Bedford, 1890- 1975, Bedfordshire, 1780- 1940. (Held at Bedford Central)
6(b) City and Town Directories
6(c) Telephone Directories
Bedford Residential, 1969- date: Bedford Yellow Pages, 1977- date. (Held at Bedford Central)
7. Electoral registers and polls books
7(a) Electoral Registers
Bedfordshire, 1970- date. (Held at Bedford Central)
7(b) Poll Books
1774: 1784: 1790: 1807: 1820: 1826: 1837: 1837: 1841: 1847: 1857: 1859. (Held at Bedford Central)
8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)
British Isles IGI, 1992. (Held at Bedford Central)
9. Unpublished Indexes
Obituary Index 8,000 entries (approx)
Newspaper Cuttings Index 1985-to-date with a selection of earlier ones, 25,000 entries (approx)
10. Parish Registers
Transcripts of all Bedfordshire parishes from earliest date until 1812 (bound volume)
11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)
Bedfordshire Magazine, vol.1., 1947- 1999(ceased publication)
Journal of the Bedfordshire Family History Society, vol.1., 1977- date.
Wasp Journal of the Beds. & Herts. Regiment, vol.1., 1922- 1964. (Held at Bedford Central)
12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material
13. Other material
We now have a pamphlet on our family history holdings "Discover Your Family Tree".
All published volumes of The Victoria County History
The Gentlemans Magazine 1731-1900.
The Illustrated London News 1842-1993(microfilm)
Alumni Cantabrigienses from the earliest times to 1900.
Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886.
14. Guides to Collections
15. Local Record Offices
Bedfordshire County Record Office
Tel: 01234 228833
Fax: 01234 228619