Harrogate England Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Harrogate Family History Centre serves the area of North Yorkshire containing the towns of Knaresborough, Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon & Thirsk. It is a relatively small Centre with limited resources, so it is important to make an appointment to reserve equipment for your use.
We have a small team of enthusiastic volunteers.
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Centre Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  1. Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SA (opposite Lancaster Park Road).
    This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centres are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
  2. Entrance is via green gates to the back porch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel. Car parking is available on the Church grounds. You may need to ring bell for entrance to the Family History Centre.
  3. Harrogate Family History CentreGoogle Map
Phone: 01423 886537
Harrogate LDS Chapel from the Road.JPG

E-mail: uk_harrogate@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:
Tuesday 7 - 9pm;
Thursday 7 - 9pm
(Please telephone for appointment during opening hours, or leave message on answerphone).

Holiday Schedule:
Closed 19th Dec 2012 - 2nd Jan 2013
Back Porch Entrance to the Harrogate Family History Centre.jpg

Calendar and Events

  • 10th March 2012. Local & Family History Day at The Pavilions of Harrogate; 10am - 4pm; organised by North Yorkshire County Records Office. The Family History Centre is to be represented at the event and has a stall.

Class Schedule

  • see Church bulletin for details of classes for Church membership.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Information being compiled at present.

Centre Resources


  • Family History Library Catalog: This centre has the ability to order/ receive any of the films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog. See below for film ordering details.

  • Reference Books: including; The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers; Ancestral Trails - Hebber; Tracing Your Irish Ancestors - Grenham; A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland - Mitchell; Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry - National Archives Publication; as well as maps, gazetteers and other texts.

Databases and Software

FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. Databases available are listed below:

  • Ancestry.com
  • Findmypast.co.uk
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • Alexander Street Press (American Civil War)
  • NewspaperArchive.com
  • The Genealogist
  • Fold3.com(Military Records)
  • ArkivDigital Online (Swedish Church Records & others)
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online (US records)
  • Historical Map Works (Library Edition)
  • Paper Trail (Oregon-California Trails Association)
  • World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

  • 1 x internet connected computer with printer
  • 1 x microfiche reader
  • 1 x 35mm microfilm reader (note: No 16mm reader at centre)

Centre Services

On-line Film Ordering

Harrogate Family History Centre (FHC) is one which can receive films from the Family History Library Catalog. The films can be obtained on loan by ordering online at [https://www.familysearch.org/films/ www.familysearch.org/films/

Should you need, volunteers at the Centre can assist with the registration process and ordering films for loan.

Remember - Harrogate FHC does not have a 16mm film reader, apologies. Choose to have this format microfilm sent to York England FHC instead, as they have a viewer for this film format.

Resources in the Local Area

Harrogate & District Family History Society www.hadfhs.co.uk/

Ripon Historical Society And Family History Group www.riponhistoricalsociety.org.uk/

North Yorkshire Libraries www.northyorks.gov.uk/harrogatelibrary


Harrogate Borough Council www.harrogate.gov.uk

Harrogate Advertiser (Local Newspaper) www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/

Borthwick Institute for Archives www.york.ac.uk/library/borthwick/

North Yorkshire County Council www.northyorks.gov.uk

West Yorkshire Archive Services www.archives.wyjs.org.uk/

North Yorkshire County Record Office www.northyorks.gov.uk/archives

East Riding of Yorkshire Archives & Local Studies Service (The Treasure House) www.eastriding.gov.uk/cs/culture-and-information/archives/archivesloc/

FreeBMD Civil Registration Index for England & Wales www.freebmd.org.uk/

General Register Office; online certificate ordering for England & Wales www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/


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