All libraries including the travelling Libraries have computers so that you can consult Ancestry.com Library Edition and Findmypast. With these sites you can access historic census returns and a huge range of other historical information.
All libraries carry a small collection of local history books for loan and there are specialist titles to help you trace your family tree. Use our library catalogue (external website) to find the books you want and request for them to be delivered to your local library. You will need your library card and PIN for this service.
Don't have a PIN?
Complete the Request PIN and Forgotten PIN form (external website)
This is not an automatic response system and we aim to respond to you by email within two working days.
Alternatively, PIN numbers can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire library or via email to the email address registered on your account.
For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone.
Some libraries have free drop in Help Desk sessions hosted by the East Yorkshire Family History Society. To see if your local library holds these sessions please use our library finder or the list below.
East Yorkshire Family History Society Help Desks (pdf opens in new window)
Bridlington Central Library and Goole Library have extensive local studies sections for those towns and nearby villages where you may well be able to find sources to help your search.
Further information about Bridlington and Goole Local Studies Libraries is available from the following leaflets.
Bridlington Local Studies Leaflet (pdf 58mb opens in new window)
Goole Local Studies Leaflet (pdf 49mb opens in new window)
The East Riding Archives and Local Studies, based at the Treasure House in Beverley, collects records and printed works relating to the East Riding's heritage.
If you are looking to trace the history of your East Riding ancestors, discover the history of your house, or simply find out more about your local community's past, then we may be able to help you. With a vast collection of local historic records dating back to the 12th century, and a library of local history books, the East Riding Archives and Local Studies is an essential destination for any local history enthusiast or family historian with roots in East Yorkshire.
We also have on-site access to major family history websites including Ancestry and Findmypast, where you can search the Yorkshire Collection for free. We also provide free unlimited access to the British Newspaper Archive where you can view over 15 million pages covering the 1700s to the 1950s. For more information about our services please see our Archives, Family and Local History pages.