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, and our local historic photograph collection. 

Please see below link to our selected Family History Sources list.

Local Historian Nick Moore has created an online chronology of Blackpool history at 

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

Due to large collection move the Local History Centre is closed until 31 January 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience


Enquiries are welcome on 01253 478090 or Email:

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