Tracing your family history

Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale

The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale holds extensive records and historical documents for Rochdale and the Pennine area, such as:

  • Parish records - these include the births, deaths and marriage records for as far back as 1538.
  • Census records - the government carries out a survey of all the people living in the UK every 10 years which is called a census. The census includes the address of each person and what their job is.
  • Trade directories - these were published annually and list the names and addresses of local traders and businesses. The first trade directories were published in the 1600s.
  • Newspapers - local newspapers are a great place to search for information about your ancestors, for example in obituaries and inquest reports.

How to access records at the Local Studies Centre