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Cambridgeshire County Council (Wisbech)

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Unpublished indexes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: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): CAM

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

District Library
Ely Place
PE13 1EU
Tel: 01945 464009
Fax: 01945 582784
Email: Local Studies Librarian
Contact: Mrs A. England

Opening hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000-1730
Wednesday: 1000-1730
Thursday: 1000-1900
Friday: 1000-1730
Saturday: 0930-1600

Other Libraries:

March Library
City Road
PE15 9LT
Tel: 01354 754754
Fax: 01354 754760

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 0930-2100
Wednesday: 0930-1730
Thursday: 0930-2100
Friday: 0930-1730
Saturday: 0930-1600

Ely Library
6 The Cloisters
Tel: 01353 616158
Fax: 01353 616164

Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 1000-1700
Wednesday: 1000-1700
Thursday: 0930-2000
Friday: 1000-1700
Saturday: 0930-1600

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes, but free service limited to approx. 30 minutes per enquiry.

Fee-based? Yes, but very limited. (Please apply to Wisbech Library)

Provided by local Record Office? Yes - both the County Record Office, Cambridge and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. (See secion 15)

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Cambridge Record Office, Cambridge

5. Census returns

1841-1901 (microfilm) for Isle of Ely and some West Norfolk Parishes
1891 (microfiche) for Isle of Ely and some West Norfolk Parishes
1881 National Index and Census (CD-Rom)
1851 Norfolk/Devon/Warwickshire Census (CD-Rom)

March Library
1881 National Index & Census (CD-Rom)

Ely Library
1881 National Index & Census (CD-Rom)
1851 Census for Cambridgeshire (microfiche)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Universal British Directory (photocopy) 1794-98

Cassey's Cambridgeshire 1864
Gardner, History, Gazetteer & Directory of Cambridgeshire 1851 (photocopy)
Pigot's Cambridgeshire 1823-24, 1830 (photocopy), 1839, 1840
Robson's Cambridgeshire 1839
Slater's Cambridgeshire 1850
Kelly's Cambridgeshire 1847 (photocopy), 1853, 1869 (photocopy), 1875 (photocopy), 1879, 1883, 1888 (photocopy), 1896, 1900, 1904 (photocopy), 1908, 1916, 1922, 1925-26, 1925-26, 1925, 1929, 1933, 1937
Ancient Order of Foresters' Friendly Society - Directory 1949
County Directory of Cambridgeshire 1968, 1969

Kelly's Essex 1925-26

Pigot's Lincolnshire 1822-3
White's Lincolnshire 1856
Kelly's Lincolnshire 1896 (photocopy)

Pigot's Norfolk 1822-3, 1839, 1840
White's Norfolk 1845, 1883, 1890
Slater's Norfolk 1850
Kelly's Norfolk 1853, 1869, 1875, 1896, 1900 (photocopy), 1904 (photocopy), 1916, 1925-26, 1929, 1933, 1937
County Directory of Norfolk 1961

White's Suffolk 1855
Kelly's Suffolk 1922, 1925-26

Cambridgeshire & Suffolk 1846 (Microfiche)
Cambridgeshire, Suffolk 1858 (Microfiche)
Cambridgeshire, Suffolk 1865 (Microfiche)
Cambridgeshire & Suffolk 1869 (Microfiche)
Kelly's Cambridge, Norfolk & Suffolk 1858, 1875, 1879, 1892, 1912, 1922
Deacon's Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk 1893
Eastern Counties of England 1905
Eastern Counties of England Trades Directory (Cambs, Hunts, Lincoln, Norfolk & Suffolk) 1930-31 (photocopy)
Eastern Counties of England Trades Directory 1960-61, 1966-67, 1972-73, 1973-74
Eastern Counties Trades Register 1969-70, 1972-73

6(b) City and Town Directories

Kelly's (Wisbech section only) 1865 (photocopy)
Kelly's Directory of Wisbech 1934-35, 1936-37 (photocopy), 1940-41
Wisbech Trade & Street Directory 1960s
Wisbech & District Directory 1965-66, 1967
Wisbech Regency Town Book 1969-70
Directory of Wisbech 1975-76, 1978-79
Wisbech Directory 1983-84, 1993

Bedford and Cambridge
Bedford, Cambridge & District Trades Directory 1938, 1953-54

March Directory 1974-75
Directory of March 1976-77

Whittlesey Residents Directory 1972-73

Kelly's Directory of the City of Norwich 1966

Kings Lynn
Kelly's Directory of Kings Lynn 1968

6(c) Telephone Directories

Telephone Directory Cambridge Area 1956
Yellow Pages: Peterborough area. 1980 to date
Regular telephone books, local area (Peterborough, Lincs., Norfolk). 1977 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Wisbech and surrounding villages 1969 to present

7(b) Poll Books

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

England, Scotland and Wales. 1992 edition. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Indexes of Gravestones for the parishes of St. Mary the Virgin Wiggenhall, and Walpole St. Andrew
Wisbech Standard Index (1888-1926)
Wisbech General Cemetary Registers vols 1-3 (1836-1900)

10. Parish Registers

Printed transcripts of Terrington St. John church registers 1538-1750
Printed transcripts of Terrington St. Clement church registers 1900-1924

Cambridgeshire Baptism Index 1801-1837 (microfiche)
Cambridgeshire Burial Index 1801-1837 (microfiche)
Cambridgeshire Marriage Index 1625-1675 (microfiche)

Parish records for Fenland parishes that have been transcribed by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society and produced on microfiche - March, Manea, Whittlesey, Coates & Eastrea, Leverington, Chatteris, Doddington & Thorney.

For the Wisbech area, many of the original records are deposited at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, but microfilm copy of some of the registers, indexed transcriptsof registers and the original records for most of the remainder of Cambridgeshire are at the County Record Office. Nonconformist church records, notably for Wisbech those of the Society of Friends(Quakers), are also deposited at the Office, which has as well, microfilm of the pre-1837 nonconformist registers now in the Public Record Office in London.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Wisbech Library
Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon & Peterborough Life. October 1966-December 1985
East Anglian Magazine. 1947-Aug 1982
Lincolnshire Life. December 1975 to date
Norfolk Fair. 1976-1985
Wisbech Advertiser/Isle of Ely and Wisbech Advertiser/Fenland Advertiser/Fenland Citizen 1845-present. Microfilm (not 1963-1973 inc)
Wisbech Standard. 1888-present. Microfilm
Cambridgeshire Life. 1986-1991
Star in the East. Sept 1836-Apr 1840. Microfiche
Working Bee. July 1839-May 1840. Microfiche

March Library
Cambs. Times. 1872-present. Microfilm

Ely Library
Ely Standard. 1914-present. Microfilm

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

Ely Library - Ely Cathedral Collection

14. Guides to Collections

15. Local Record Offices

Wisbech and Fenland Museum,
Museum Square
PE13 1ES
Tel: 01945 583817
Email: Wisbech Museum

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