Leicestershire Family History

Welcome to the Leicester Family History page. The Family History website has created this page to assist Genealogists and Family History researchers tracing lost ancestors and relatives that were living in and around Leicestershire, England, UK. You will find a range of Leicestershire Family History resources, including information of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Parish Records, in this local Family History part of our website:

Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society

This society has gone from humble beginnings in 1974 as the small Leicester Family History Circle, initiated by 12 researchers, to a growing society which changed its name in 1992 to encompass the tiny county of Rutland. Membership is a very modest fee and gives access to a free Quarterly journal.

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office

Based at Long Street in Leicester. They offer records dating back to the 1100’s including manuscripts including: books and newspapers, maps, photographs, videos and sound recordings.

We have teamed up with the popular family history website FindMyPast to provide direct links to Leicester family history records including parish records. We hope these assist you with your search into Leicestershire ancestors and family history:

Births, marriages & deaths


Leicestershire Baptisms


Leicestershire Marriages
Leicestershire Banns

Discover if your ancestors were married under license in Leicestershire by browsing at:
Leicestershire Marriage Licences, 1604-1891
or visit:
Leicestershire Marriage Licences Browse, 1604-1891


Leicestershire Burials

Electoral registers

Leicestershire Electoral Registers 1836-1970 Browse
– Discover the history of your ancestor’s house including neighbours names and previous residents.

Military records

Leicestershire and Rutland, Soldiers Died 1914-1920
– Find out if your ancestors, who resided in the region, died during the First World War.

Wills & probate

Discover thousands of wills on the following databases, from which you can deduce your ancestors wealth, relatives’ names and the date of their death:
Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records Browse, 1500-1939
Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records, 1500-1939

Parish records

Leicestershire Parish Records Browse
– These records span 4 centuries.

Leicestershire Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers provide invaluable information for Family Historians. Information can often be found in these archives that is not available in Parish Records, or national censuses. We are able to provide a direct link, at Family History, to Leicestershire Newspaper Archives from a variety of newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Leicestershire Newspapers and time periods covered:

Leicestershire Newspaper Archives – historic newspaper records in the Leicestershire area
For direct links to the individual newspapers, together with their relevant dates, please see the individual links below:

Local newspaper recordsRecord years
Leicester Chronicle1813-1915
Leicester Journal1810-1818
Leicester Daily Mercury1875-1877
Leicestershire Mercury1836-1864
Leicester Mail1865-1870