Family History

Family history is very rewarding but should be approached like any other research, and you shouldn’t underestimate the amount of time it may take you to make small discoveries. Prepare yourself by reading as much as you can about the sources available to you and talking to older members of your family. Ask them about relatives and ancestors and whether they have any certificates, photographs, diaries, family bibles etc. which could help you with your research.

Tips for beginners: Tracing your family tree in Hull (PDF, 530kb)

If you are just starting to trace your family tree or have come across a stumbling block in your research, experienced volunteers are available to assist you at the family history helpdesk, held twice monthly at the History Centre's Local Studies Library.

Source Guides
These source guides are a more detailed introduction to a specific source, they provide information about the creation and purpose of the records, details of our holdings at the Hull History Centre.

Additional guides will be added in the coming months, but please use the website feedback form to suggest additional guides you would like to see.