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Libraries - local collections
Through North Yorkshire libraries and the North Yorkshire County Record Office, students and researchers at all levels and of all ages can investigate the background and significance of local and regional history.
The resources available include:
We have also compiled information about a range of common subjects. These are summarised below and full details can be found in the local collections - frequently asked questions section.
Notable people from North Yorkshire
As an example of the type of information that historical research can reveal, we have compiled some biographical notes of notable men and women with connections to North Yorkshire.
Researching family history
Tracing your family history is an interesting and rewarding hobby. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. Also, if not tackled in the right way, it can be become very frustrating and often expensive. We have produced some guidance to family history research to help get you started.
Researching the history of a house
Researching the history of a house or other building can take you on a fascinating journey. We have produced some guidance on researching the history of a house to get you started and provide information for you to continue your search.
Poll books and other electoral records
Poll books are a published record of those people who voted in county elections along with details of which candidate or candidates they had voted for. They were introduced in 1696 and ceased after secret balloting was introduced by the Act of 1872.
Several libraries in North Yorkshire store poll books, along with the County Record Office in Northallerton. For a list of poll books and other electoral records that we hold and where they are located, see the poll books and electoral records page.
Historic local newspapers in North Yorkshire
Newspapers are a great source of information for the local historian. Libraries in North Yorkshire continue to collect and preserve local newspapers, including the free advertisers. The historic local newspapers page lists all the collections we hold, including major historical titles relevant to the area.
Contact information and available facilities
Libraries - local collections - frequently asked questions