Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Sources for family history and genealogy at Lambeth Palace Library

This guide offers an overview of the main sources held at Lambeth Palace Library for family history and genealogy. It is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it aimed at those who are just beginning their research: Lambeth Palace Library is not the place to start your family history.

If you are taking your first steps in family history or genealogy, we strongly suggest that you look at the GENUKI guide to Getting Started or the BBC Guide and reference books such as Mark D. Herber’s Ancestral Trails: the complete guide to British genealogy and family history (Sutton Publishing in association with the Society of Genealogists, 1997) or D.Hey’s The Oxford Guide to Family History (OUP, 1993).

The sources held at this Library will be of most relevance to those who have already embarked on their research and who need to amplify the information they already know about known people. This guide lists likely sources of information, and is not a substitute for consulting our catalogues or original documents (or copies of these held at other repositories). Information about visiting the Library is available from our access page.

As always, researchers should remember that archives and manuscripts were not created with the family historian or genealogist in mind, although they may contain information of great interest. The researcher will need to think laterally, and take the time needed to use the sources. The Library staff are not able to undertake detailed research for you; members of societies such as the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives will undertake this for a fee.

For further information go to the link on the rhs

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