Family history and heritage

Libraries hold local history collections and access to Ancestry. Our Discover Centre at Northamptonshire Central Library holds a large collection of local and family history resources, including maps, newspapers and photos.​

Family history resources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

​Memorial website to 1.7 million members of the armed forces, who were killed during both world wars.

Deceased online

​Central database for UK burials and cremations with free search facility. 

Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to subscription resources on this website.

Free BMD - Rootsweb

​Free access to birth, marriage and death records from 1837 onwards.

General register office

​Link to order birth, death or marriage certificates online.


​Gateway to UK genealogy websites in the UK and Ireland.

Northamptonshire Family History Society

​Aims to advance the study of genealogy and family history with special emphasis on Northamptonshire.

Scotland's people

​The official website for Scottish genealogy resources.

Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to subscription resources on this website.


​Free collaborative website with the mission of creating a worldwide family tree.

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Northamptonshire heritage resources

Brixworth (Brixworth History Society)

​The society's website contains online resources and information on their archives relating to the history of the village.

Burton Latimer - a sense of place

​Online archives compiled by Burton Latimer Heritage Society relating to the history of the town, its people and their stories.

Chester Farm heritage park

​The site of a Roman walled town, Chester Farm Heritage Park is a £12.7m project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Northamptonshire County Council.

​History of the village of Cottingham.

Hearts and Soles (Rushden)

​Collection of online archives compiled by the Rushden Research Group relating to the history of the town. Also includes Higham Ferrers and surrounding villages. 

Irthlingborough (Irthlingborough Historical Society)

​Online resources and information about publications produced by the society relating to the history of the town.

Our Corby

​History, memories, photographs and comments about Corby.

Towcester (Towcester and District Local History Society)

​Online resources relating to the history of the town.

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Countywide heritage resources

Central searchers

​Metal detecting club specialising in digs, rallies and tours.

East Midlands history and heritage

​Information about the East Midlands, for local history societies, schools and colleges, heritage practitioners and history professionals.

Northamptonshire boot and shoe

​History of and information about Northamptonshire's boot and shoe industry.

Northamptonshire Central Library: local and family history resources

​Information about Northamptonshire Central Library's extensive collection of materials on the county's history housed in the library's Discover Centre.

Northamptonshire record office

​Over 800 years of Northamptonshire's archival heritage reflecting all aspects of the county's rich history.

Northamptonshire timeline

​An interactive journey through Northamptonshire's history and heritage.

Northamptonshire's local history societies

​Contact details and links to family history societies in the county.

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National heritage resources

American air museum in Britain

​Records the stories of men and women of the US Army Air Force who served their country from the United Kingdom during World War II. Also records the memories of British people who befriended them.

British history online

​Digital library of some of the core primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

The website contains free and subscription  sources - Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to the subscription resources.

British Library: online gallery

​Discover the riches of the British Library: locate thousands of old maps; view virtual books; enjoy online exhibitions.

Building and enriching shared heritages project

​Project by the School of History at Leicester University, which aims to empower local community groups through enhancing their research skills and to develop networks between and amongst local history and community heritage groups and university researchers.

Cambridge University digital library

​Project to make available online the University's collections relating to faith and science.

Discovery (formerly access to archives)

​Find records from the National Archives and over 2,500 archives across the United Kingdom.

Historical directories

​Digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. Part of Leicester University's Special Collections Online.


​Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history.

JISC Content: digital collections and archives for learning, teaching and research

​Links to nearly 100 digital collections freely available online.

National archives

​The official archive and publisher for the UK Government, England and Wales. The collection contains over 11 million historical government and public records.


​Database of historic newspapers including where they can be viewed.

Oxford University: Bodleian Libraries digital collections

​Selection of collections available online through the University.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1913

​A searchable database of 197,745 criminal trials.

Royal Mail: letters of our lives

​Campaign to encourage people to hunt out the forgotten letters that unveil social and political history.

UK web archive

​The UK Web Archive started in 2004 and contains thousands of websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK.

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World War I centenary resources

​Project led by the Imperial War Museum to highlight global centenary events and resources.

BBC: World War One

​Discover the history of the First World War and updates from the BBC on the World War One Centenary season.

British Library: World War One

​Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One.

Cottingham and Middleton: soldiers of the Great War

​Website to honour the men of Cottingham and Middleton who served in the Great War, principally those who were killed while doing so.

First World War poetry digital archive

​University of Oxford's online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

Great War archive

​University of Oxford's Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home.

Lives of the First World War

​Project by the Imperial War Museum to build a permanent digital memorial to the lives of the First World War.

National archives: First World War

​Explore collections held by National Archives.

​Resource relating to navy history during World War I. Archived by British Library, US Library of Congress, Bavarian State Library.

Roll of Honour: Northamptonshire

​Northamptonshire section of website dedicated to men and women killed fighting for their country.

Sassoon journals

​This digitised collection from the Cambridge University Digital Library makes available online for the first time 23 of Sassoon's journals.

Western Front Association

​Aims to further interest in the Great War 1914 - 1918.

World War 1: Northamptonshire

​Northamptonshire County Council has put this site together as a guide to the county’s WW1 history and the events that are taking place to commemorate it.

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