Bedfordshire Family History

This page in our Local Family History section was created to assist Genealogists and Family History Researchers in the small county of Bedfordshire, England UK. You can find a range of resources on our website to assist with finding lost relatives and ancestors in the Bedfordshire region.

Bedfordshire Family History Society

This society was formed in 1977 to assist with Family History research in the region. Membership is a small annual fee and with membership comes a range of benefits including: A Quarterly Journal, a membership pack to get started, monthly meetings held in Bedford, a library with over 1200 books together with journals published by other societies and a bookstall with over 350 publications on family history and Bedfordshire genealogy.

Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service

Located in Bedford, the archives here span over 800 years including public records, local government archives, church and parish records and archives from local families in the county. There is no payment required to search for archives and records, only if you want to copy archives do you have to pay.  There is a useful ‘Family History’ page on the archives section of their website which details the collections held.  Some of these records can be viewed online: Bedfordshire Archives – Family History collection

Bedfordshire Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers can provide invaluable information for Family History Researchers and are a great resource.  Information can often be found that is not found in Parish Records, or Censuses. At Family History, we are able to provide a direct link to Bedfordshire Newspaper Archives from a variety of historical newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Bedfordshire Newspapers and the time periods they cover:

British Newspaper Archive – historic newspaper records in the Bedfordshire area
This holds the following historical newspaper records for Bedfordshire:

Local newspaper recordsRecord Year
Bedfordshire Mercury1837-1877
1879
1890-1895
1898-1910
1912
Bedfordshire Times and Independent1859-1873
1887-1888
1891-1897
1899-1954
Biggleswade Chronicle1898-1954
1956-1957

Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette1861
1863-1904
1939
Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle1897
1905-1906
1917-1919
1936
1939
1950
1953-1954
Luton Times and Advertiser1855-1862
1866-1873
1875-1880
1885
1894-1916