We are celebrating National Family History Month during August, aiming to inspire and help you discover more about your own family history.

Discover our family history research guides

Our family history librarians have prepared a great range of free online research guides to help you, whether you are just getting started or well on your journey. Find out more about:

Find overseas newspapers for family history

Track your ancestors abroad using our expanding collection of historical overseas newspapers. Recently acquired titles include the Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000), and the latest instalment of British Library Newspapers (Part V: 1746-1950).

You can use your Library card to access these newspapers from home. If you don't already have one, you can apply for a Library card online.

Attend a family history learning session

In addition to our usual learning program, we will host a range of family history learning sessions during August. There will be a session about family history resources at the Library for budding family historians on Tuesday 16 August (includes a tour of the newspapers and family history area) and a session on using maps for family history on Wednesday 24 August.

Join our family history hour on Facebook

Our experts will be on hand on Tuesday 16 August from 4pm to answer your family history questions live. Follow our Facebook page for more updates and to join in!

Not on Facebook? Ask us a question anytime through our free Ask a Librarian service.

Attend a Family History Month event

There are more than 200 events around the country for National Family History Month. Here are a few handpicked selections:

 Find out what else is on near you on the National Family History Month website