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Local and Family History
at Kempston Library

Local and Family History A - Z > By Library
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Free access in the library to 'Ancestry Library Edition', a web site that has a huge range of resources for family historians. For details, see the top of Local and family history A-Z page
  • Books
    A selection of books relating to the village and immediate vicinity, and books on Bedfordshire, including:
    All Saints Parish Church Kempston: a history, by C.R.Parrott
    Bedfordshire Parish Surveys: Kempston, by John Wood
    Eight thousand years: a Kempston history, edited by H. A. Carnell
    A Martell family history, by John Drewett Martell
    Old Kempston, by Victoria Walker
    The story of Kempston Parish Church, by W. Crowsley
    Kempston memories, by J Hillson Smith
    For further details please see the library catalogue
  • Census Records
    Free access to census records 1841- 1911 on 'Ancestry Library Edition' web site
  • Council papers
    Kempston Town Council agendas and minutes - 1 year back file
  • Magazines and journals
    Bedfordshire County Life - 1 year backfile
    All Saints’ Church Kempston parish magazine
  • Maps
    Current street maps of Bedfordshire towns and villages.
    Current Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' and 'Landranger' maps of Bedfordshire
  • Newspapers
    Bedfordshire on Sunday, current edition
    Bedfordshire Times and Citizen, current edition
    British Newspaper Archive
    Times Digital Archive
  • Newspaper cuttings
    On local people and events including files on Bedford’s riverside, Marston Vale and Bedford during World War Two
  • Parish registers
    Transcribed registers, in printed volumes:
  • Ampthill 1602-1812
    Barton-in-the-Clay 1558-1812
    Bedford St. Mary 1540-1812
    Bedford St. Peter 1572-1812
    Bletsoe 1582-1812
    Cranfield 1600-1812
    Farndish 1587-1836
    Goldington 1558-1812
    Kempston 1570-1812
    Lidlington 1560-1812
    Renhold 1654-1812
    Salford 1558-1612
    Sharnbrook 1602-1812
    Streatley 1602-1812
    Sundon 1569-1812
    Wootton 1560-1812
  • Statistics
    Summary census data for Bedfordshire towns and villages from 1841 to date
  • Telephone Directories
    Telephone directories between 1880 and 1984 are also available on Ancestry which is accessible via the public computers in all libraries.
  • Town guides and directories
    Kempston Official Guide
  • Victoria County History
    Bedfordshire volumes I, II & III plus index

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Page last updated: 6th February 2020