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What was it like in the trenches?

Was there really an airship station where the golf course is now near Howden

Who replied "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight!" when asked if he wanted to surrender?

Where did British and German planes crash in East Yorkshire?

How did local newspapers report the first and second world war?

Is it true that the exact location of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 is unknown?

Answers to these questions and more can be found in our amazing local studies books and digital resources.

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Video - A short film about the life of Leonard May, a farmer’s son from Withernsea who joined the East Riding Yeomanry in 1915. Video - A short film about the life of Leonard May, a farmer’s son from Withernsea who joined the East Riding Yeomanry in 1915.
Video - Secret World War 2 guerrilla bunker at Rise Video - Secret World War 2 guerrilla bunker at Rise
Video - Tom Cooke served in the East Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War and was one of the soldiers rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk. Video - Tom Cooke served in the East Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War and was one of the soldiers rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk.
Video - Memories of World War 2 on the Yorkshire Wolds Video - Memories of World War 2 on the Yorkshire Wolds

Snaith Knights, 1941 - 1945

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Heroes of bomber command, Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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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Britannica Online for Adults is designed for ages 18+
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Britannica Online for Students is designed for students aged 12 to 18
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Britannica Online for Juniors is designed for students aged 5 to 11
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Free Family History Help Desks Free Family History Help Desks

Pre-booking is essential at Driffield Centre and Withernsea Centre. All other venues are drop in sessions.

Bridlington Central Library
1st Saturday of the month, 10am to 12 noon

Driffield Centre
1st Wednesday of each month, 3 to 5pm
*Pre-booking is essential at this venue. (01482) 393939

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre
1st Wednesday of each month, 10am to 12.30pm

Hessle Centre
2nd Friday of each month, 10am to 1pm

Hornsea Library
3rd Tuesday of each month, 10am to 1pm

Willerby Library
Thursday 5 to 6.30pm and Saturday 10am to 12 noon

Withernsea Centre 
2nd Tuesday of each month, 2 to 4pm
*Pre-booking is essential at this venue. (01482) 393939

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us

If there is some particular Local Studies information that you are looking for but cannot find it using the Search, Advanced Search or our other online resources, you can contact the Local Studies Libraries direct. It doesn't matter where you live, the Local Studies Libraries cover the whole county of East Riding of Yorkshire.

Bridlington Local Studies Library    
bridlingtonlocalstudies.library@eastriding.gov.uk
(01262) 672917

Goole Local Studies Library            
goolelocalstudies.library@eastriding.gov.uk
(01405) 762187