Archives and family history
Archives and library catalogues
Whether you are interested in the history of Bury or want to research your family history our Archives catalogue and Library catalogue list all the reference materials you need to help you with your research.
We are working on merging the catalogues but for now you will need to access both to search for the information you require. Before searching the catalogues, you may want to view a summary of catalogue resources.
Reference material and help with research
The Archives and family history service has books on all aspects of Bury's history. The majority of these books are for reference only but we do have a small selection that can be borrowed if you have a Bury library card. We also have a range of historical publications for sale. Additional material is available on microfilm or microfiche format. Microfilm/fiche viewers are available but must be booked in advance. You can also use our computers to search Ancestry for free. All research facilities are open during normal opening hours.
There are several local and family history magazines available for free download.
We can carry out research for you, for a fee. Please submit a research request online or contact us for details on the range of research options we offer. Please note: Planning-related research attracts a higher fee so we ask that you do not use the button below to request such research. Please contact us by email or telephone for this type of research.
The search room
The search room is available to consult original archives, maps, local publications, church record transcripts etc. You can also access scanned copies of a selection of trade directories online. We do not require advanced notice but if you are able to contact us before you visit with a list of items needed and reference numbers, which can be obtained from the online catalogues, we can have everything ready for when you arrive.
Items are collected at the end of each session and there is a limit of the number of items you can view. Lockers are available to store personal effects and only pencils can be used in the search room.
Please contact us if you wish to arrange a visit.
Staff from the Archives service have worked with Council colleagues and other agencies to produce study resources utilising primary source materials from the Archives and local history collections. Please see our project work page for details of Bury Remembers the First World War, Cotton Threads, and Safety in Numbers projects.