Archives, Libraries and Museums


Archives and Libraries

The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Long Street
Wigston Magna
LE18 2AH

Telephone:- U.K. 0116 257 1080, Overseas +44 116 257 1080
Fax:- U.K. 0116 257 1120, Overseas +44 116 257 1120 Leicestershire County Library has a page on local studies with guidance, and information on libraries with family history collections.

University of Leicester Library
PO Box 248
University Road

Telephone:- U.K. 0116 252 2042, Overseas +44 116 252 2066
Fax:- U.K. 0116 252 2042, Overseas +44 116 252 2066

The Local History Collection contains material on Leicestershire towns and villages. The library catalogue is online.

Reference and Information Library of Leicester City Council,
Bishop Street

Telephone:-  U.K. 0116 299 5401, Overseas +44 166 299 5401
Fax:-  0116 299 5444
Email:-  central.reference[at]leicester.gov[dot]uk

The Local Studies Collection contains a variety of material on Leicestershire towns and villages. There is also general material on genealogy, the FamilySearch system (IGI for UK and Ireland on CD ROM) as well as parish records for the City and the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses for Leicester on microfiche / film.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has the world's largest genealogical library at Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of their holdings are available for reference on microfiche or film at local Family History Centres. There is a centre at Wakerley Road, Leicester.

The library catalogue detailing the holdings is available online.


Local museums can hold a surprising hoard of family history information, parish records, photographs, etc. Just south of Lincolnshire, look into the resources at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum:

  • The Wisbech and Fenland Museum 
  • Museum Square
  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
  • PE13 1ES
  • United Kingdom