Family history by Sarah Seaton M.A.

Extract from the 1841 Census Enumerator's Book covering the village of Ossington.

Extract from the 1841 Census Enumerator's Book covering the village of Ossington.


Information regarding more specialised documents can be found online at  This Access to Archives website enables the researcher to consult catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. See also the British Library Online and the National Archives which enables you to see over 9 million documents that are available at the PRO at kew.  Researchers can also pre order them so that they are available when they visit.

University of Nottingham Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections

General Register Office Index

These are held on microfiche at the NAO and NLSL also at the Mormon Family History Centres at West Bridgford and Mansfield.  Free websites containing many of these entries can be found at

 Paid websites with completed entries a  and

Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates

These can be obtained from local register offices, which for the Nottingham area are:

Amber Valley (formerly Belper)
Amber Valley Register Office
Market Place
Tel: +44 (0)1773 841 380
Fax: +44 (0)1773 841 382

"The Woodlands"
Highbury Road
Tel +44 (0)115 927 1294
Fax +44 (0)115 977 1845

Erewash (formerly Ilkeston)
Erewash Register Office
87 Lord Haddon Road
Tel: +44 (0)115 932 1014
Fax: +44 (0)115 932 6450

Dale Close
100 Chesterfield Road South
NG19 7DN
Tel +44 (0)1623 476564

50 Shakespeare Street
Tel +44 (0)115 947 5665 ext 21/23
Fax +44 (0)115 941 5773

The Hall
Bridgford Road
West Bridgford
Tel +44 (0)115 981 5307

Certificates can also be ordered at The General Register Office Southport:

The Family Records Centre in London provides access to some of the most important sources for family history research in England and Wales, including births, marriages and deaths and census returns.

Before you begin any type of family history research you are recommended to visit the Genuki website at this is a genealogical website that covers the British Isles and enables you to see what is available county by county and parish by parish.

Information regarding Nottingham Local Study Library on Angel Row can be found below

Nottinghamshire Archives Office

Census records

Census returns 1841 – 1901 can be found at the NAO, NLSL, UON and MFHC.  Online sites are as follows

Photographic images of the 1901 Census. A pay per view service.

Ancestry is a subscription and pay per view site that has photographic images of the 1851 – 1901 Census returns for England and Wales. It also has a full  BMD Index and Pallotts and Phillimores Marriage Indexes. Free1881 Census

1841 – 1901 Census transcriptions can be found at however work is still in progress

Parish records

Baptisms/Marriages/Burials can be found at the NAO NLSL UON and MFHC.

Online records can be found at

Parish Records and the 1881 Census for free.

Volunteer site offering transcriptions of Parish Registers

A Website for those with Scottish Ancestry, Births, Marriages, Deaths 1855 onwards.  Parish Registers 1553-1854, Census Records 1861-1901, Wills and Testaments 1513-1901:

Information regarding Catholic Records can be found at

Nonconformist Records may be located at the NAO

Trade Directories can be found at NAO, Local Study Libraries, Hallward Library University of Nottingham and online at

Wills/Letters of Administration


Settlement Certificates

Apprenticeship Indentures

Bastardy Bonds


School Records can all be located at the NAO

Newspaper accounts/obituaries.  Some past editions of  ‘Mansfield in the News’ can be found online at For more national events try the British Library Newspaper archive The NLSL holds many local newspaper archives.

Online links for Nottinghamshire Genealogy can be found online at

A list of Occupations and Trades can be found online at

Military archives

For military history researchers should try the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a searchable database for anyone who lost a military or civilian ancestor during WWI and WWII.  Gives details of the battle that they died in, photographs and plans of their resting place and a certificate of commemoration.

Imperial War Museum website:

The BBC’s Peoples War project records people’s memories of WWII. is a subscription site that give details of how they died.

At the National Archives online you can view the World War I medal cards