Telford & Wrekin Libraries has a range of resources to help people discover and enjoy the heritage of the Borough. We work closely with Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury which is the legal repository for the whole of historic Shropshire and holds original and unique documents within their collections.
All libraries have a community history section which has books that will help you discover about the local area and communities within Telford and Wrekin and how to trace your family history. These can be can be found by using the library catalogue.
More extensive collections are held at the Community History Centre at Wellington library and Madeley library.
Wrekin Local Studies Forum brings together organisations and individuals and promotes local and family history studies in and around the Borough of Telford & Wrekin.
Who can use the service?
It's open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who wants to find out about local and family history, related to the Telford and Wrekin area, and they are welcome to visit or contact us. Visitors are asked to become members of the library before accessing computer based resources and archives.
The Community History Centre at Wellington Library holds the main local history resources covering the areas and communities now within the borough, on microfilm, fiche or online formats. These include:
- parish registers and International Genealogical Index
- census returns
- trade directories
- parish documents
- tracing your World War One ancestors.
There are two fiche/film readers with printing facilities and it is advisable to pre-book the usage of these machines by contacting Wellington Library on 01952 382990.
We have a great selection of books on tracing your family tree and also run regular Ancestry taster sessions in our main libraries. For details see our latest what's on. You can also visit our family history page which has some useful links for getting started with your research online.
Our Community History volunteers are available at drop-in sessions to offer help with local and family history enquiries at:
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We subscribe to a number of online reference resources that you can access free of charge:
- Ancestry Library edition (from any of our libraries)
- The Shropshire Parish Register collection on Find My Past
- The Times Digital Archive (which you can access from home or from any of our libraries).