At your library you can find out about the history and heritage of Flintshire, the lives and work of local people, and your own family history.

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition family history website is now available to use free in all Flintshire libraries.  It gives access to Census information from 1841 to 1911 and to Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes.  It is not available directly via these web pages.

The @nswers centre at Mold Library & Museum
In addition to Ancestry Library Edition the General Register Office (GRO) Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages is held on microfiche from 1837 – 1997.  There is no charge to view these records and no need to book. Parish registers for the Flintshire area are also held.  Other sources include local newspapers and trade directories for the 19thC.  Enquiries:  01352 754791 or by e-mail: answers@flintshire.gov.uk

Family History Facilities in Flintshire and Beyond

Local History

Each library collects information about its own local area.  However, the @nswers centre at Mold Library & Museum has a major collection covering a wide range of subjects relating to Wales, North Wales and in particular Flintshire.  It consists of books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers (some on microfilm), maps, photographs, prints, oral history tapes, press cuttings and ephemera such as posters and advertisements. New material is being added constantly.

Online Reference Sources:
Gale Infotrac provides access to regional, national and international newspapers back to 1984.  You can also access The Times since 1785 and a variety of regional newspapers for the nineteenth century.  New Welsh Newspapers Online is a major website from the National Library of Wales that will allow anybody with an interest in the history and people of Wales to browse and search over 100 titles from its rich collection of pre-1910 newspapers – completely free of charge.

The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera from Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Categories include 19thC Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions.

Flintshire Memories 
The original recordings for the Oral History Collection were made by Clwyd Library & Information Service in the 1980s.  The project involved interviewers visiting people who had retired from working lives spent in various local industries and occupations.  The stories which were recorded are lively and often amusing, and give a fascinating insight into Flintshire’s recent past. T he @nswers centre at Mold Library is currently undertaking a project to transfer the original cassette recordings to CD and digital formats for preservation.  A set of  Flintshire Memories recordings on CD is available for loan from the @nswers centre.

Arthurian Collection

The Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection is now being curated, preserved and managed by Bangor University Library and Archives Service.  The collection, which is of major interest to scholars and general readers, was originally donated to Flintshire County Libraries in 1952 by E.R. Harries, a former librarian of the county.  Flintshire and Clwyd library services then added further stock.  The collection now contains over 2,000 items.  This collection enhances Bangor University’s existing collection and scholars who would have previously had to travel to both Mold and Bangor will now find these resources in the same location. If you wish to see the collection please contact s.a.robinson@bangor.ac.uk or telephone 01248 382013.

Flintshire Record Office

Flintshire Record Office preserves the county’s archival heritage by collecting, listing, storing and making available to the public, historic records of local interest and origin.  The Record Office is located in the Old Rectory in Hawarden.  It is advisable to book a visit in advance and visitors will need to bring proof of identity or a County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket.

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