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About the record office

North Yorkshire county record office provides record keeping services for North Yorkshire County Council and its communities. It collects, preserves and makes accessible historic and current records of significance for the study of North Yorkshire and its people and holds them in trust for the use of present and future generations.

The archives we hold date from the 12th century to the present day and cover over five miles of shelving. Most of these collections can be freely consulted in our public searchroom. See visiting the record office for details about how to access our records.

Most of our parish register holdings, and some of our school admission registers, can be consulted through the Findmypast website.

Collections in our custody include:

  • Records of the North Riding of Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire County Council;
  • Records of the boroughs of Harrogate, Richmond, Ripon and Scarborough;
  • Records of over 40 different urban and rural district councils established under the 1894 Local Government Act;
  • Parish records from almost 300 separate parishes;
  • Court records including those of the North Riding of Yorkshire Quarter Sessions dating from the sixteenth century onwards;
  • Records from many of North Yorkshire's landed estates and prominent families;
  • Records of 24 different Poor Law Unions;
  • The North Riding Registry of Deeds spanning the years 1736 to 1970 and containing over a million entries; and
  • Historic maps and plans of North Yorkshire including over 350 parish tithe maps, enclosure maps, mine plans, railway plans and architect's drawings.

Search our online catalogue to view collection-level descriptions of our archival holdings.

Please note that we do not hold birth, marriage or death certificates. These are held by certificate services in Harrogate. For more information, including how to order certificates, see the copy certificates page.

Records management service

As well as caring for North Yorkshire's historic archives, the county record office provides records management services to North Yorkshire County Council.


Care for all of our collections is under the direction of a specialist conservator in conditions consistent with the agreed standard for the storage of archival collections PD 5454:2012. Please see our conservation page for further information.


You can read more about the record office in our latest pdf icon newsletter [1Mb].

Also see our previous newsletters:

This page was last updated on 12 April 2017