Gateshead Archive at the Central Library has great resources to trace your ancestry.
Find My Past
Other family history records
First World War collection
Birth, marriage and death certificates
Tracing a burial
Family history surgeries
Burgess rolls and electoral registers
How we can help you
You can access Find My Past free of charge in our libraries. It provides access to the following collections for family and house history research:
birth, marriage, death and parish records
churches and religion
census, land and surveys
directories and social history
education and work
institutions and organisations
military, armed forces and conflict
travel and migration
Find My Past is also the official home of the 1939 Register. It is the only surviving record that bridges the 1921-1951 census gap. This makes it a very important twentieth century British genealogical document.
We hold lots of other items that can be useful for family history including.
- indexes and inscriptions
- marriage bonds
- poll books
Our first world war collection is a great resource to help you trace military ancestors. The collection includes:
- newspaper cuttings of men killed or injured (available to browse without appointment at the Central Library).
- the Roll of Gateshead Men who Nobly Fell
- war honours photographs: browse our Local Studies collection
Gateshead Council holds a limited amount of information on birth, deaths and marriages. Historical searches pages
You can request copies of records on Gateshead Council's burial and cremation records page
We hold microfilm records of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials. These cover Anglican, catholic, and non-conformist churches. Church records can provide useful family information from before 1837. This is when civil registration including full names and occupations began. The main church in Gateshead was St Mary's and all marriages and burials were held there until 1825. You can visit our Local Studies catalogue and search for church records.
Our local trade directories date from 1778 to 1977. These contain civic, business and personal information about residents. They are useful in tracing family members between census returns.
St Mary's Heritage Centre runs free drop-in sessions with dedicated family history volunteers. Bring along your research, especially any dates and certificates that you've already discovered. For details of dates and times of surgeries and to book a place visit Eventbrite
We hold records of people registered to vote in Gateshead dating back to 1832. Please note that the voting age and boundaries of Gateshead have changed over the years. You can visit our Local Studies catalogue to see which voters lists we hold.
Staff are on hand to guide you in using our archive. We can take queries if we are not able to answer them on the spot.
We also recommend booking ahead if you want to use a microfilm reader or if you would like to view special collections.
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