Further details on equipment and information

There is a large amount of material readily available but much more stored in the basement. It may be requested at any time but pre-ordering, if possible, it would be appreciated.
There are

  •  17 PCs at which there is 2 hours free usage per day. There is an unlimited free wifi service if you wish to use a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • Subscriptions to Ancestry, Find My Past, British Newspaper Archive and Nineteenth Century Newspapers. The latter can also be accessed by any member of Bradford libraries via theinternet, using their library card number. Whilst the 19C Newspapers is now closed, the Newspaper Archive is adding to its collection daily.
  • 2 SL1000 scanners for fiche, film and slide. The images can be saved to memory stick for either printing or taking away. The machines will OCR if the material is suitable.
  • A book scanner which will also save to memory stick, as well as a normal photocopier.
  • Other film readers
  • 10 map cabinets each with 10 drawers in the department itself and others in the basement
  • Card catalogues which help locate information:
    • Books & articles are cross referenced for place, title & author, they are available for Bradford Met area and for Yorkshire
    • Maps and plans
    • Imperial War Graves Commission for local people
    • Cuttings about Bradford soldiers, taken from the Telegraph and Argus, World War II
    • Our Gallant heroes, a World War I collection
    • Specialist catalogues available on request. Please discuss these requirements with the staff who will help you to find any relevant one.

Materials include books, printed indexes, plans, maps, newspaper cuttings, documents & hundreds of photographs taken over the years.

There is a complete set of Electoral Rolls from the date of the start of incorporation in 1847 to the present. N.B. this is only for those areas which were incorporated into Bradford, and additional areas as they were added. For townships linked to the West Riding, there are some registers at Wakefield Archives but not a complete set. These are now available on Ancestry and can, hence, be consulted in Local Studies.

Directories: Trade, local classified telephone directories from 1935 and some Thomsons.

[Fiche of WYAS copies of parish and other church records used to be available in Local Studies even though it technically belonged in Archives. This has wider coverage than the material now on Ancestry. It is now in Archives, not Local Studies]

Whilst Local Studies is primarily local, there is also information about the area around it. Some of it, especially the indexes and journals are at national level

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