Family & Local History

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Enjoy free online resources

Also if you have a Libraries West membership card (e.g. Poole, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Dorset libraries) look on web pages for more information.

Temporary Home Access to Ancestry

While libraries are closed, library members can access Ancestry Online from home. To do this go to the Library Catalogue Account page and login with your library card. A link to Ancestry will then appear, and you can search through thousands of records at home.

Ancestry Library Edition

AncestryInformation on family history including census records, military records births   marriages and deaths, military records and more. Only available in a Bournemouth library.



Streets of Bournemouth

Bournemouth's virtual museum. This was developed by Bournemouth Libraries and the Bournemouth University.




Useful links

Dorset History Centre

Hampshire Records Office