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Local Studies

Who was the first person to live in my house? What did my street look like in 1914? Did any of my ancestors have an unusual job? Can I read about the two men who were jailed in 1894 for rustling over 50 sheep from my grandfather's farm?

Answers to these questions and much more can be found at East Riding Libraries. We have an amazing wealth of resources to support your local and family history research, and to just read interesting things about where you live.  

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This is a small sample of our local studies books. Search the catalogue or use Advanced search to find more.

Follow the eBook links to download free local studies eBooks. 

Use the online research tools at the bottom of this page to enhance your research.

Online reference resources

East Riding of Yorkshire library members can enjoy the benefits of free access to research and information from some of the world's most trusted resources. You can access nearly all of these resources from home, on the move as well as on the library computers.


The Ancestry library edition website provides information on researching your family tree, Census Records, pictures, Birth, Marriage and Death records, and much more.
Full free access to Ancestry library edition is only available within East Riding Libraries.

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Ancestry UK on Facebook         
Ancestry UK on Twitter         
Ancestry UK on YouTube



Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with findmypast 
Full free access to Find my Past is only available within East Riding Libraries.

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Find My Past on Twitter       
Find My Past on YouTube

The British Newspaper Archive 
This rich and hugely exciting on-line resource, packed with the nation’s published memory and historical detail over the last 300 years, is now  is free to access without limits at the East Riding ArchivesTreasure House and any East Riding Library
Once you have completed your registration on the British Newspaper Archive website you will have unlimited access to search through millions of digital newspaper articles from local and regional papers dating back to 1700.

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The British Newspaper Archive on Twitter

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

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