Harrogate England Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Harrogate Family History Centre serves the area of North Yorkshire containing the towns of Knaresborough, Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon & Thirsk. It is a relatively small Centre with limited resources, so it is important to make an appointment to reserve equipment for your use.
We have a small team of enthusiastic volunteers to assist you in your research endeavours.
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Centre Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • LDS Chapel, 10 Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorks, England HG2 7SA United Kingdom
  • This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centres are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
  • Entrance is via green gates to the back-porch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel. Car parking is available on the Church grounds. Please park in the section of the car-park adjacent to the back-porch. You may need to ring the bell for entrance to the Family History Centre.


  • +44 (0)1423-886537
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  • UK_Harrogate@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm or other days and times dependent on availability of volunteers.
  • Please telephone for appointment during opening hours, or leave message on the answerphone.

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed 10 to 12 July 2018 due to road closure.
  • Closed Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 3 January 2019.

Calendar and Events

  • 2nd Thursday of the month. Meeting in the FHC of the Family History Group of the University of the Third Age at 2pm. See Harrogate U3A website for contact details Website
  • Class Schedule: see Church bulletin for details of classes for Church membership.

Staff Training Meetings

  • Usually the 4th Thursday of each month.

Centre Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This centre may have various films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Reference Books: including; The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers; Ancestral Trails - Hebber; Tracing Your Irish Ancestors - Grenham; A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland - Mitchell; Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry - National Archives Publication; as well as maps, gazetteers and other texts.

Databases and Software

This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. Databases available are listed below:

  • Ancestry.com
  • Findmypast.co.uk
  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  • The Genealogist
  • Alexander Street Press (American Civil War)
  • NewspaperArchive.com
  • Fold3.com(Military Records)
  • ArkivDigital Online (Swedish Church Records & others)
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • Heritage Quest Online (US records)
  • Historical Map Works (Library Edition)
  • Paper Trail (Oregon-California Trails Association)
  • World Vital Records

Hardware and Equipment

  • 2 x high speed internet connected computers with networked printer/ scanner
  • 1 x microfiche reader
  • 1 x microfilm reader (16mm & 35mm films)

Centre Services

On-line Film Ordering

Microfilm can no longer be ordered.

Resources in the Local Area

Harrogate & District Family History Society Website

Ripon Historical Society And Family History Group Website

North Yorkshire Libraries Website


  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

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Harrogate Borough Council Website

Harrogate Advertiser (Local Newspaper) Website

Borthwick Institute for Archives Website

North Yorkshire County Council Website

West Yorkshire Archive Services Website

North Yorkshire County Record Office Website

East Riding of Yorkshire Archives & Local Studies Service (The Treasure House) Archives, family and local history

FreeBMD Civil Registration Index for England & Wales Website

General Register Office; online certificate ordering for England & Wales Website


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