All about our online archives catalogue, what's in it and how to use it.
The online archives catalogue is a searchable database of the documents and books held in our collections.
Please note: Due to essential upgrade work on our system, the online catalogue will be unavailable between 7.30am and 10am on Monday, 6 February. This downtime may be extended as work progresses. We apologise for any inconvenience.
You can search the online catalogue to find items of interest to you.
It lists brief details about our items so that you can request to view them in our research room.
Please note: The online catalogue does not contain images or copies of the documents and books themselves.
These are viewed in our research room at the Treasure House.
Visit the online catalogue (external East Riding website)
You can also search the catalogue when you visit us in the research room, where a member of staff will be able to help you.
The catalogue contains descriptions about all the archive collections and the local studies book collections. It gives you a description of the item and the following fields:
The catalogue describes each document and has thousands of names in it, which can be useful for family historians.
Please note: It is not a full index of all the names in all the documents. For example, our catalogue will not have names from all the entries in baptism, marriage or burial registers, but it will tell you which collections of church records we hold and which registers are in them. A list of records where names have been added is available here.
There are two main ways to search the catalogue:
More details are available on the catalogue itself.
When searching the catalogue, you should follow these steps:
Find an item that is of interest to you
Make a note of the item's finding number
Order the item(s) and book a place in our research room by completing the archives service request form (opens in a new window).
Please note: Due to essential upgrade work on our system, the online catalogue is currently unavailable.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to restore online access as soon as possible.
Yes, the catalogue has descriptions of various local history books available in the research room. These include collections of books relating to:
Thousands of books about local people and places are available to read in our research room and we constantly add items to the collections, so please continue to search the catalogue for new content.
Not all documents about the East Riding are held by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's archives and local studies service. Sometimes they can be found in other archives services, such as:
Please note: East Riding documents may also be found in many other local or specialist archives services.For example, if a noble family in Sussex owned large estates in the East Riding, the documents that relate to these estates will remain with the family and estate archive in Sussex.
There are East Riding documents held at the Hull History Centre, including some archive collections of large landowning families, which are kept there as part of the University of Hull archives.
The Hull History Centre catalogue (external website)
Yes, there are some important Hull archives held by the East Riding archives and local studies service.
This is partly because of how local government boundaries have been drawn up over the years and we used to be the 'Humberside County Record Office', holding archives for the old Humberside area.
The most important records are:
Yes, we do have some uncatalogued archives.
We are always receiving new collections to catalogue and properly describing a large archive can take a long time.
Although this means that there is a small backlog of archives that need to be listed, about 92% of the records held by us are in fact catalogued.
Some of the larger uncatalogued archives are still included in our online catalogue but there will only be a title and summary of the collection.
We receive about 200 new collections each year.
A collection can be a single document or many boxes of documents.
These documents need to be catalogued before you can come and see them.
Each document is given its own 'finding number' and you can order documents using the archives service request form (opens in new window) to look at in our research room.
We are always adding new items to the catalogue. The list below shows you what has been listed recently.
For more detailed information on a collection, search the online catalogue using the 'finding number' of the collection, for example: 'DDX1663'.
This will show you all the documents in that particular collection.