Sheffield City Archives collects and preserves records relating to Sheffield and South Yorkshire, then make them publicly accessible. These resources date from the twelfth century to the present day and are available on paper, on microfilm or on CD-ROMs.
Whether you are researching your family history, studying local history, or interested in discovering the history of a house, you will find the resources held of use. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.
For information regarding their collections and opening hours please peruse the appropriate sections of their home page. It is also possible to find out more about their collections on their collections page, where you may discover more about school records, obituaries, electoral registers, cemetery registers and parish registers held by the Archive. You can also peruse their family history and local area history pages from their home page. There is also an on-line catalogue which gives details about items which have been received since 1997.
From the bus interchange, turn left into Pond Street and cross Harmer Lane. Walk past Howard public house and walk past Showroom Cinema on Patermoster Row. Make a right turn into Shoreham Street and the Office is past Red Tape Studios.
Outside the railway station's main entrance an information point shows the location of the Archive. Walk along 'Cutting Edge' steel sculpture, turning left into Shoreham Street after you have crossed the main road.
You should book microfilm/fiche readers in advance, especially if you wish to consult census returns, church registers, electoral registers, General Register Office indexes (GRO Index) to births, marriages and deaths or newspapers because these are only available on microform. You are recommended to book a computer in advance of your visit.
Sheffield Record Office is NOT a member of the County Archive Research Network (CARN), so you have to register as a reader when you first arrive. You will need to bring two proofs of identification with you, one of which has to include your address, and complete an application form. Acceptable forms of ID include driving licences, passports, recent utility bills or credit card statements.
For information about Wakefield Archives' collections and opening hours, please visit their Home Page. You can also peruse their online catalogue, which has details of their holdings, which date from 1194 to the present day. Some collections available at the Archive include the West Riding Registry of Deeds, which contain the extracts of over 7 million property transactions covering 1704 to 1970. They also have the National Coal Board collection, which relates to collieries and coal miners in Wakefield and South Leeds areas.
Parking is available free of charge.
Making an appointment is advisable before visiting because the search-room might be unexpectedly closed because of staffing difficulties. It is also best to tell Wakefield Archives' staff what records you wish to analyse because staff will then be able to inform you if you need to book a computer, microfiche reader or table.
If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service.
Wakefield Records Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).
For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Barnsley Archives, Bradford Archives, Caldedale Archives, Doncaster Archives, Kirklees Archives and Leeds Archives.