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Inverclyde Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): RFW

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Watt Library
9 Union Street
PA16 8JH
Tel: 01475 715628
Contact: Mrs Betty Hendry

Opening hours:

Mon & Thurs: 2-5, 6-8
Tues & Fri: 10-1, 2-5
Wed & Sat: 10-1

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? No

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations No

5. Census returns

Renfrewshire: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Greenock: 1815, 1820, 1829
Renfrewshire: 1831-37
Greenock (with Gourock from 1885): 1841-1915
Greenock (with Gourock and Port Glasgow): 1923-1940
Greenock, Gourock, Port Glasgow: 1953-1957
Greenock: 1963-1976

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories

1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Voters' Roll: 1847
Electoral Rolls: 1978-1994

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes

Local newspaper index
Shipbuilding index
Birth, Marriages and death 1802-1913 (covers former locals abroad)
Census street and name index: Greenock, Port Glasgow, Inverkip, Gourock, Houston

10. Parish Registers

Renfrewshire (all). Microfilm of originals

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material


14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices


Other information

Two original registers for Port Glasgow Cemetery.
Hospital records for local hospitals with a 100-year ban.
Photocopying of newspapers, census returns and OPRs available.