Local and Family History Centre


The Local and Family History Centre holds a comprehensive collection of material for those with an interest in local or family history, including:

  • Blackpool electoral registers 1930 to date
  • Historic Ordnance Survey maps of the Fylde area
  • Local trade directories 1816 to 1969
  • Fylde area Census records 1841 to 1901

It also contains comprehensive parish records from

  • Lancashire parishes
  • Local newspapers from 1845
  • Local newspaper indexes and cuttings
  • Historic local holiday guides for Blackpool
  • Our local historic photograph collection

Please see below link to our selected family history sources list.

Select Family History Source List [PDF 1.1 MB]

A number of other collections are held including the Ralph Smedley Collection of Thornton Cleveleys, Bispham and Blackpool, and also the Norman Cunliffe Collection of historic Bispham

Ralph Smedley Collection [PDF 1.25MB]

Norman Cunliffe Collection [PDF 164KB]

Local historian Nick Moore has created an online chronology of Blackpool history at www.blackpoolhistory.co.uk 

Regular monthly talks are held at the Central Library on Thursday afternoons on a variety of local history Blackpool and Fylde subjects. 

Please enquire if you require advice about your research.

Visitors, especially those travelling long distances, are advised to contact us in advance as some research may require pre-booking of PCs or reader-printer machines.

The Local and Family History Centre is on the first floor of 
Blackpool Central Library
Queen Street


Opening hours

The heritage service is currently moving relocating a large collection to the local history.

This is a major work that is taking all staff time and the support of numerous volunteers. Due to this the Local and Family History Centre is closed to the public from 18 December 2017 to 31 January 2018 and will re-open to the public on Thursday 1 February 2018.

We look forward to sharing this new collection in the new year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Enquiries are welcome on 01253 478090 or Email: localhistory.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

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