Family history

Family history

Peterborough Archives Service has a wealth of material available for those keen to find out more about their ancestors.

Starting out

We have a subscription to, the popular family history website, where you can find census, birth, marriage and death records. Free access to is available using a computer in one of our libraries. In the Archives you can also find printed and microfiche copies of local parish registers. Most of this material covers Peterborough and its surrounding area, and is available in printed, microfilm, microfiche or CD-ROM formats.

Delving deeper

Once you’ve worked out the basic details of your family history, you’ll want to start finding out more details. Family History research is not just about ‘stamp collecting’ the names of your ancestors, it’s a chance to learn more about the world that they lived in.

  • Did your ancestors go to school in Peterborough? If so, we probably hold information on them in our school collections.
  • Did you ancestors work in Peterborough? Peterborough Archives holds records for many Peterborough businesses.
  • Perhaps your parents or grandparents moved to Peterborough in the 1960s? The records of the Peterborough Development Corporation will tell you lots about the houses that they moved to.

Family history courses

Are you interested in family history but not sure where to start? Or have you started looking into your family tree but are struggling with all the different sources available? For details about these courses, contact Archives Services on or call 01733 864160.

Can’t make it to the library? Let us do your research for you!

We often do checks of parish registers, census returns and local newspapers, as well as more extensive research using our collections. Contact us by telephone on 01733 864160 or email