Our archive collections

What we hold

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The Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Service has in its care many thousands of records, some dating from as far back as the 12th century.

You can access our catalogue online and it’s also worth searching Discovery hosted by The National Archives.


 These records include:


We provide free access on-site to the subscription websites Ancestry and Find my Past where you will find additional records such as the national census returns 1841 – 1911 and General Register Office indexes to births, marriages and deaths from 1837 onwards. 

We also hold collections of local newspapers from the 18th century onwards, photographs and other illustrations. The Local Studies Library is located in Cheshire Record Office and is the major collection of books, pamphlets, printed maps, trade directories and other local studies material relating to Cheshire.  Some printed maps and trade directories are available online:

Details of Local Studies material such as books, maps and pamphlets which are available in libraries across the County, are also accessible via our online catalogue.

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