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Explore Nottinghamshire family history archives online

In partnership with Nottinghamshire Family History Society, we're bringing you all the records and resources you need to trace amazing family stories. Unlock Nottinghamshire history and heritage online today.

Statue of Robin Hood in Nottingham

A whistle-stop tour of Nottinghamshire history

Situated in England's East Midlands, Nottinghamshire is a largely rural county with Nottingham, its county town, in the south. Other significant towns are Newark, Mansfield, Worksop and Retford. Many place names within the county are Saxon and Viking in origin.

Farming, textiles, pharmaceuticals and mining are some of the trades with a deep-rooted history in Nottinghamshire. Thousands of Nottinghamshire families emigrated abroad in the 19th century. Today, many tourists come to Sherwood Forest in search of stories on Nottingham's legendary Robin Hood character.

Interior of a church featuring stained glass windows and candles

Nottinghamshire parish records

Parish records are essential for taking your Nottinghamshire family history back further. On Findmypast, you can explore Nottinghamshire baptism, marriage, burial and banns records, right at your fingertips from anywhere in the world.

These Nottinghamshire parish records document the major milestones in your ancestors' lives, allowing you to trace their stories from cradle to grave.

Census record overlaying vintage photo of old house

Nottinghamshire census records

The residents of Nottinghamshire have been recorded on UK censuses every decade for generations. On Findmypast, you can explore historical censuses from 1841-1911 to uncover Nottinghamshire ancestors, where they lived, who with and what they did for a living.

Collection of old Nottingham-based newspapers

Nottinghamshire newspaper archives

Only at Findmypast, you can delve into history as it happened in Nottinghamshire with an unrivalled collection of historical newspapers from the county. Whether it's the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham Journal or Stapleford & Sandiacre News, yesterday's headlines can reveal hidden secrets about your family's past.

3 Nottinghamshire family history collections you might not know about

Watch and ward records 1812 and 1816

Explore lists of Nottingham's male population during the Luddite Riots.

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Nottingham apprenticeship records

Pinpoint apprentice ancestors, their trades, masters and fathers' names.

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Nottingham coroners' inquests

Delve into Nottinghamshire Archives' detailed witness statements and causes of death.

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Nottinghamshire Family History Society

Originally the East Midlands Family History Society, Nottinghamshire Family History Society was formed in 1973 and now has thousands of members worldwide. A proud member of the Family History Federation, the Society holds regular meetings in Nottingham where members can hear from a variety of speakers, seek advice and meet other enthusiasts.

Members also benefit from access to a library of Nottinghamshire family records and a quarterly publication covering items of local interest, genealogy gems and society events.

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