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Coventry Family History Society

Member of the Federation of Family History Societies

Local Archives and other Research Facilities

Coventry History Centre, The Herbert


Coventry History Centre, The Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP
Telephone: 024 7683 2386
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Opening Hours:

The Coventry History Centre opening hours are Wednesday to Friday and alternate Saturdays 10.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m. closed Sunday to Tuesday.
The Research Room is only open on Saturdays for researchers who have ordered documents in advance.
A readers' ticket (CARN) is required to consult original archives.  Admission is free, some services carry a small charge.

Holdings include:

Vast collection of documents relating to Coventry dating from 12th century to the present day.
Card index of Coventry people compiled from local books and documents.
Parish registers (microfilm copies) for Coventry & district plus some printed indexes.
Non-conformist registers (some original, some copies) for Coventry & district.
Burial and grave registers for London Road Cemetery, Coventry.
Apprentice registers and Freeman lists for Coventry, with some indexes.
Court Leet, Quarter Session & Magistrates Court records.
Microfilmed indexes to Wills held at Lichfield Joint Record Office (see below).
Census returns for Coventry area 1841-1901
Street, Trade & Telephone directories
Poll books & Electoral registers
Local newspapers on microfilm
Large collection of books & pamphlets relating to Coventry
Early maps of Coventry and Warwickshire
UK IGI (fiche), GRO Indexes (1837-1997)


Coventry Register Office

Address: Coventry Register Office, Cheylesmore Manor House, Manor House Drive, Coventry CV1 2ND
Telephone: 024 7683 3141
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri  9.30am - 4.30pm
Holdings include: Births, marriages and deaths registered in Coventry since 1837.
For marriages you need to know the parish before applying for a copy certificate.


Family History Centre
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Address: Riverside Close, Coventry  
Telephone: 024 7630 3316 only during opening hours
Opening Hours: Mon 10:00am - 1:00pm;  Fri 10:00am - 2:00pm
Tue, Wed, Thu 10:00am - 2:00pm 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Holdings include: GRO Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes for England & Wales 1837-1983
IGI for the entire world + Vital Records for UK, US, Australia, Europe etc.
1881 Census Index for England, Wales & Scotland (fiche & CD)
1891 Census for England & Wales (not indexed)
The LDS Family History Catalogue from which other records may be ordered


Lichfield Record Office

Address: Lichfield Record Office, The Friary, Lichfield WS13 6QG
Telephone: 01543 510720
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9.30-5.00; Thur 11.30-7.00; Sat (2nd Sat of month only) 9.30-12.30
Appointments are essential.
Holdings include: Marriage Licences
Bishops Transcripts
Wills 1516-1857


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Address: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW
Telephone: 01789 204016
web-site: and view their 'Records' pages
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30-5.00; Saturday 9.30-12.30 except Saturday before bank holiday
Holdings include: Estate papers of Gregory-Hood of Stivichall and Leigh of Stoneleigh


Warwick County Record Office

Address: Warwick County Record Office, Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick CV34 4JS
Telephone: 01926 738959
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 9-5.30; Friday 9-5.00; Saturday 9-12.30
NOTE: the office is closed for the first full week of each month
The office is normally closed on the Saturday before and the Tuesday after a bank holiday.
No appointments required, but a CARN reader's ticket is required.
Holdings include: Original Parish registers for Coventry & district.
Records of other Warwickshire parishes including those adjoining Coventry.


Warwick University Modern Records Centre

Address: Modern Records Centre, University Library, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Telephone: 024 7652 4219  Fax: 024 7652 4211
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue 9:00-17:00; Wed, Thu 9:00-19:00; Fri 9:00-16:00
Visitors are asked to contact the Centre before visiting.
Holdings include: Trade Union, Employers' and Trade Association Archives.