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Maidenhead Library sources

Judith Mitchell

Maidenhead Library has many useful books and documents for family historians.

The collection is in three main areas:

  • Books on family history are available for loan on the ground floor. Dewey decimal 929
  • General reference books are to be found on the upper floor.
  • Local history books, microfiche and microfilm are also on the upper floor. Ask the library staff to access many of these books and documents as some are kept in locked cupboards. If you cannot find particular books or documents consult the computer index.

General sources for family historians:

International Genealogical Index (IGI) 1988 edition on microfiche.

Peerage, surname dictionaries, Who Was Who, UK telephone directories, Ordnance Survey maps, Crockford's ClericalDirectory, etc.

Sources for local families:

Local censuses for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 indexed by name, by location, by birthplace available on microfiche.

Maidenhead Advertiser from 1870 available on microfilm.

Parish register transcripts available on request.

Electoral Registers, some from 1945.

Poll Books.

Street directories from 1890.

Windsor Hall Books - transcriptions of council proceedings before this century.

Local history books mostly concerning Maidenhead, Cookham, Bray, but a number from other local areas.

Local maps.

Before 1857 there were no parish churches in Maidenhead so Church of England baptisms, marriages and burials took place at Cookham for Maidenhead north of the London to Bath Road (A4) and at Bray for the area south of the road.

Internet connections are available at œ2.50 for half-an-hour.

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