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Can I see these records and books myself?

Can you search the records on my behalf?

What parish registers do you hold?

How can I find photographs?

How can I find which Local Studies items are at a particular library?

Where can I find Cheshire newspapers?

I'm looking for a person but when I search for their name I don't find anything. Why is this?

Can I see these records and books myself?
Yes. You can find further information about consulting our collections at:

Please remember that we can also supply copies of most material in our collections.

Records held off-site: please be aware that some records are not held at the Cheshire Record Office. This will be indicated in the catalogue and in such cases we will need to retrieve the records in question from our off-site storage. We generally ask for 5-10 working days’ notice of your visit to give us time to retrieve your items. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Can you search the records on my behalf?
Yes. We can carry out one free ten minute search of our records for you. You can ask us to do this by using our contact form or by telephoning 01244 972574.

If you would like further or more extensive research carried out on your behalf, we can do this via our research service.

Please remember that we are always happy to advise you about the types of records we hold and to help you use this catalogue.

Which Cheshire parish registers do you hold?
You can find out in a number of ways:

How can I find photographs?
The best places to start are:

How can I find which Local Studies items are at a particular library?

  1. Select the Advanced Search option
  2. Type the name of the library (eg ‘Macclesfield Library’) in the Held At field
  3. You can search for specific types of Local Studies items (eg maps, pamphlets) by selecting from the Format field options

Where can I find Cheshire newspapers?
The Cheshire Record Office holds Chester newspapers up to the late 20th century as well some regional titles.

For newspapers outside Chester the relevant local library is generally the best place to start your search. Library contact details can be found on the Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East websites.

I'm looking for a person but when I search for their name I don't find anything. Why is this?
Most catalogue entries don't name people, although you might sometimes find them named as parties to a deed or named as a tenant of a landed estate, for example. Searching for records relating to a particular place is often a good way to search for records which might be relevant. The Cheshire Collection on Find My Past is an excellent place to start your search and our website has many name indexes.

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