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Record office copying and research services

If you are unable to visit us then we may be able to provide copies of records or carry out research on your behalf.

In-house research service

If you are not able to visit the office, our in-house research service can help you to explore family, local and community history.

Our experienced staff can undertake research using our full range of records including parish and non-conformist registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, electoral registers, tithe maps and many other sources.

It is important that your research request is as clear and specific as possible, particularly regarding names, dates and places. A search could not be undertaken, for example for a Samuel Metcalfe who lived somewhere in Yorkshire in the 17th century, but it would be reasonable to begin a search in the parish registers for him and his family if it were known that he was living in Grinton around 1680.

Our researchers will carry out a minimum of half an hour's research but you may request a longer time by increasing by half hour periods up to an initial maximum of two hours. If you are unsure about where to start, please contact us for advice.

Research service costs

The cost is £38 an hour, including VAT and postage, with a minimum charge of £19.

Ordering and paying for research

You can order and pay for research via our online shop.

Alternatively, you can send your request by letter, specifying your requirements and including payment in advance and your address and contact details.

Copying services

If you are unable to visit the office then we can, in many instances, provide digital or paper copies from the records in our collections. Please contact us if you have any questions relating to our copying service.

Copies of many of our maps and historic photographs can be purchased through our online shop.


Certified copies

Certified copies can be supplied where required. A certified typescript can be supplied when it is not possible to produce a copy by other means.

Fees and charges

Our current charges for our copying services can be found in our list of charges for copying documents.

Commercial and large scale contracts

We have many years' experience in carrying out large scale scanning projects for external organisations. Previous clients have included art galleries, museums and commercial firms. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

This page was last updated on 23 December 2016