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Local and Family History
at Leighton Buzzard 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
  • Armed services
    See Armed services records at Leighton Buzzard Library
  • Books

    Leighton Buzzard and its hamlets, by Robert Richmond
    The coming of a town, by R.V. Willis
    Pictures past and present, by Richard Hart
    Around Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, by Maureen Brown and June Masters
    Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, by Sydney Leleux

    For further details please see the library catalogue
  • Burial and cemetery records
    National Burial Index on CD-ROM
  • Census indexes
    1851 census index for Bedfordshire. 
    CD-ROM 1881 national index of the British Isles
  • Census records
    Free access to census records 1841- 1911 on 'Ancestry Library Edition' web site
    1841-1891 for Leighton Buzzard and surrounding villages, on microfilm and microfiche
    1881 British Census transcribed records on CD-ROM, accompanying the 1881 National Index on CD-ROM
  • Census statistics
    Summary statistics for Bedfordshire towns and villages from 1841 to date. 
    Small area statistics for Leighton Buzzard and South Bedfordshire villages for 1981 and 1991
  • Council papers
    Leighton Buzzard Town Council - one year back-file
  • County guides and directories
    Leighton Buzzard guides and directories from the 1700s to the 20th century.
  • Electoral registers
    South Bedfordshire electoral registers from 1958/59 to date
  • Highway Board Minutes
    Luton Highway Board 1863-1868 and 1873-1881
  • International Genealogical Index
    1992 microfiche edition covering England, Scotland and Wales
  • Magazines and journals
    Bedfordshire Magazine  1946-1999. 
    Bedfordshire Historical Record Society Publications 
    Local parish magazines
  • Maps
    Street maps
    Ordnance Survey maps
    Goad Plans 
    Miscellaneous historical maps 
  • Newspapers
    Bedfordshire on Sunday, from 1991 to 1995 on microfilm
    Beds and Bucks Observer, bound volumes from 1970 to 1985
    LB News, from July 2007 to April 2010 on microfilm
    Leighton Buzzard and Linslade Citizen, 1992 to June 2010 on microfilm, July 2010 to July 2012 paper copies
    Leighton Buzzard Observer (formerly Beds and Bucks Observer), from 1861 to date on microfilm (years 1970-1985 also in bound volumes)
    Leighton Buzzard on Sunday, from 2000 to June 2007 on microfilm incomplete (ceased)
    British Newspaper Archive
    Times Digital Archive
  • Parish registers
    Complete set of transcribed parish registers from 1500s to 1812 (dates vary for different events and places), in book format
    Surname index to complete set of Bedfordshire Parish Registers, on CD-ROM
    Parish registers on microfiche for selected areas
  • Photographs
    Folders of local photographs
  • Poor Law minutes
    Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Minutes from 1835-1845, on microfiche
    Woburn Poor Law Minutes from 1835-1840 and 1843-1847, on microfiche
  • Telephone Directories
    Telephone directories between 1880 and 1984 are also available on Ancestry which is accessible via the public computers in all libraries.
  • Topic Files
    Files of newspaper cuttings and pamphlets on popular topics relating to Leighton Buzzard. Click to open a list of the files
  • Town guides and directories
    1962 (+ map), 1970 (+ map), 1976 (+ map), 1984 (+ map), 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998
  • Vestry minutes
    Leighton Buzzard Vestry Minutes for 1720-1740 and 1799-1895, on microfiche
  • Wills
    Index to Prerogative Court of Canterbury Registered Wills and Administration Acts 1701-1749. Contains references to some 300,000 wills and administrations in one alphabetical sequence, on microfiche

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Page last updated: 6th February 2020