What's in our archives

How to search our catalogue for records, parish registers, birth, marriage or death certificates, house/property history, film/sound archives and more.

How do I search the catalogue and view items?

You can search our online catalogue to find items you would like to view at the archives service within the Treasure House.

You should follow these steps when searching the catalogue:

Please note: the online catalogue does not display the original item itself. 

Items are viewed for free at the archives service within the Treasure House.

A selection of historic photographs can also be viewed online by following our East Riding Archives Flickr  account:

Flickr (external website)

Or you can purchase high-quality prints from our postcard collection online with our external partner, Max Communications Limited at East Riding Photos Picture Archive:

East Riding Photos Picture Archive (external website)

For more information about searching our catalogue visit Using the online archives catalogue.

What records do you hold?

East Riding Archives collect the archives and written heritage of the East Riding, its communities and its people. We preserve this unique collective memory for present and future generations. We encourage and support the use of our collections by everyone for research, learning and enjoyment.

The archives and local studies service holds documents and books about the East Riding of Yorkshire dating from the 12th century to the present day. They cover a wide range of subjects and have come from many different organisations and local people, including major family, estate and business archives.

Below is a list of the types of records that are available, click an item for more information:

East Riding Quarter Sessions

The East Riding Quarter Sessions were the quarterly meetings of the Justices of the Peace in the County. They survive from the 17th century, and from the 18th century contain detailed records of crimes committed. As well as handling crime and justice, the Quarter Sessions had a wide range of other duties. They administered county roads and bridges, prisons, poor relief, the police, lunatic asylums, alehouses, elections and religious meeting places.

East Riding Register of Deeds

The East Riding Register of Deeds was established in 1708 and contains copies of deeds for the East Riding and Hull up to April 1974. The Register is a valuable source for legal searches, house history and family history.

Please note: the registers are indexed but you will need to know the name of the buyer or seller of a property to use them.

The following pdf document provides information on how to use Register of Deeds.

Using the East Riding Register of Deeds leaflet (pdf 34kb opens in a new window)

Local government records

We hold records from all of the old local authorities in the East Riding, ranging from the archives of ancient medieval boroughs like Beverley and Hedon to recent records of local government.

These include the following:

  • Nineteenth-century Local Boards of Health
  • Rural Sanitary Authorities and Highway Boards
  • Humberside County Council 1974-1996
  • East Riding County Council 1889-1974
  • Borough Councils 1974-1996
  • Urban and Rural District Councils 1895-1974.

Other archives of local government include the following:

  • Poor Law Unions 1834-1930
  • Public Assistance Committees 1930-1948
  • School Boards 1870-1903
  • Parish Councils 1889-current.

There are also records of Burial Boards and other cemetery records containing registers of persons buried.

Cemetery records

We have records of cemeteries including registers of people buried. These are records of cemeteries run by a local or parish council.

Records of people buried in church graveyards are held in the parish registers.

The following pdf document is a list of cemetery records we hold.

Cemetery records leaflet (pdf 38kb opens in new window)

There are also cemetery records held by the cemeteries service.

Other cemeteries are run by Parish Councils.

School records

We hold archives from East Riding schools and also some schools in Hull that used to be run by Humberside County Council.

School archives often contain the head teacher’s logbooks, with a daily record of school life, and admission registers.

The archives of the East Riding County Council also have information about schools, such as reports of inspectors or plans of school buildings.

We also hold a series of school grant plans 1844-1873.

We have archives from two independent schools:

  • Pocklington School 1525-1972
  • Marist (Roman Catholic) College, Hull 1925-1988.

There are also archives from two reformatory schools:

  • Castle Howard Reformatory School, Hull 1894-1987
  • St Williams Community Home (formerly Yorkshire Catholic Reform School) 1849-1991. 

Public records

Public records are the archives of national government that are kept locally.

These include records of:

  • the Hull and East Riding Coroner 1853-1994 (containing registers of deaths)
  • local courts (such as Magistrates Courts and Petty Sessions 1841-1992)
  • health authorities and hospitals from 1948, including the archives of East Riding County Asylum (Broadgate Hospital) from 1871
  • accounts of local charities
  • registers of ships for Bridlington 1786-1847 and Goole 1828-1994.

Other official records

There are lots of other official archives.

There are records of bodies that carried out drainage schemes such as the following:

  • Commissioners of Sewers 1587-1933
  • Drainage Commissioners 1764-1958
  • Drainage Boards 1936-1992.

Please note: we do not hold archives of the armed forces, which are kept at The National Archives in Kew, London but we do have records of the following:

  • East Riding Lieutenancy and militia 1756-1915
  • Territorial and Auxiliary Forces 1907-1964.

If you are interested in the home front during the Second World War we have archives of the following:

  • The local Home Guard 1940-1944
  • Civil Defence 1938-1960s.

There are also records of the following:

  • Turnpike trust roads 1765-1871
  • Licensing of motor vehicles in the East Riding 1905-1976.

Police records

We hold the archives of Humberside Police, which also include the records of the following:

  • East Riding Constabulary 1856-1974
  • Hull City Police 1836-1974.

Religious records

We hold the parish registers and other records for parishes in the East Riding Archdeaconry, which includes Hull and Scarborough but excludes some parts of the East Riding.

Parish registers record the names of people baptised, married and buried in the parish. Parish archives do have a lot of information about the social life of the parish and can include documents about poor relief, looking after roads and local constables.

We also hold records of nonconformist churches such as Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalist and some Quaker records. Registers from some Catholic churches are also available on microfiche.

Family and estate records

We hold a large number of important collections of East Riding family and estate records as well as solicitors’ archives containing family and estate records.

These archives contain a wide variety of subject matter. There may be deeds of the estates, manorial records and records of the management of the estate. There can be documents about a family’s social, political, religious or sporting interests and about their military service or travel abroad.

Businesses, societies and other private records

We hold many other collections of privately deposited or donated records. These include the archives of the following:

  • Businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Political groups
  • Trade unions
  • Charities
  • Smaller collections of family papers.

Examples of this type of record are the archives of the following:

  • Hodgson’s tannery, Beverley 1812-1975
  • Keyingham Friendly Society 1830-1997
  • East Riding branch of the National Farmers Union 1918-1988.


We hold a wide variety of maps for the East Riding.

The following pdf leaflet provides a list of some of the maps we hold.

Maps guide (pdf 25kb opens in new window)

Ordnance Survey maps covering the East Riding are available on:

  • 6 inches to 1 mile scale circa 1855-1950s
  • 25 inches to 1 mile scale circa 1890-1927
  • 2.5 inches to 1 mile scale, 1:10,000 and 1:2,500 post-1945.

The Treasure House 'Archive Maps' page provides access to historic Ordnance Survey maps held by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service. The collection of over 2000 historic Ordnance Survey maps covering the period 1855-1929 has been digitised to provide online access.

Archive Maps (external East Riding website)

We also hold enclosure maps dating from the mid-18th century, tithe maps 1837-1929, and estate maps, the earliest of which date from the early 18th century.

Many of these can be viewed as digital images in our research room.

Electoral registers

We hold a large collection of electoral registers. These registers contain lists of people who were able to vote and date from 1832.

Books, pamphlets and journals

We hold a wide range of books and pamphlets covering Beverley and the East Riding, but also representing Yorkshire, Humberside, North Riding, West Riding, Hull and York. A range of local and regional journals are also available.


We hold local newspapers dating from the 18th century to the present day, covering most of the historic East Riding.

Newspapers are held either on microfilm or in bound volumes (where a microfilm version does not exist).

Trade directories

We hold a collection of trade directories for the East Riding and some for the North Riding, dating from 1791-1939.

Arranged by place, trade directories provide historical information about a place and listings of businesses and some individuals.

Poll Books

Poll books contain the names of individuals who voted in elections and who they voted for.

We hold poll books for elections in:

  • Yorkshire 1741 and 1807
  • East Riding 1837 and 1868
  • Beverley 1784-1868.

Other poll books are also held in the Archive collection.

Parish magazines

We hold a good collection of parish magazines mainly covering the 20th century. Other copies of parish magazines can be found in parish records in the archives.

Postcards and photographs

We hold an extensive collection of postcards of Beverley and East Riding towns and villages and a collection of photographs including a number of aerial views.

High-quality prints of our postcards are now available online in a range of print sizes, making perfect gifts or wall decor for local businesses.  You can order these through our external partner, Max Communications Limited at the East Riding Photos Picture Archive:

East Riding Photos Picture Archive (external website)

You can also now follow us on our East Riding Archives Flickr  account to view selected images online:

Flickr (external website)


We hold a large collection of posters and printed material including:

  • Beverley play bills circa 1790- circa 1854
  • election posters circa 1790-1868
  • posters and programmes for various dates.

What parish registers do you hold?

Church of England registers

Church of England churches keep records of baptisms, marriages and burials. These are not the same as birth or death certificates.

We hold registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from churches in the East Riding Archdeaconry.

This is a church area which does not match the area of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. It includes Hull and Scarborough.

Please note: the records of some churches in the East Riding are held elsewhere.

The following document is a list of the parish registers we hold.

Parish register list (pdf 47kb opens in new window)

Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers

We also have registers and records from other churches and chapels. These are from nonconformist churches, which are not part of the Church of England.

These include:

  • Baptist churches
  • Methodist churches
  • Congregational and United Reformed churches
  • some Roman Catholic churches (available on microfiche only).

The following document is a list of non-Church of England registers we hold.

Non-Church of England register list (pdf 46kb opens in new window)

Searching the registers

The parish registers for East Yorkshire are now available on the 'findmypast' website.  You can search this for free in our research room.

Findmypast (external website)

Most of the parish registers we hold can also be seen on microfiche in our research room. This saves the original registers from damage.

To enquire about booking a microfiche reader please contact us by completing the archives service request form (opens in new window)

Where else to find parish registers

We do not hold all the parish registers for the East Riding. When a parish is in another archdeaconry its records are held at another archive office.  These are:

Borthwick Institute, York (external website)

Doncaster Archives (external website)

North Yorkshire County Record Office (external website)

Do you hold birth, marriage or death certificates?

Birth, marriage, and death certificates were introduced in 1837. Before then, records were kept by churches of baptism, marriages, and burials.

Births and deaths are recorded by Register Offices.

To find out how to get copies of birth, marriage and death certificates, visit the copies of registration certificates page. 

We hold records of baptisms, marriages, and burials held in Church of England churches in the parish registers

Can you help me with house or property history?

We have local history books and documents that can help you with the history of a house or property.

We also hold the archive of the East Riding Register of Deeds, which kept copies of deeds for houses and properties in the East Riding and Hull from 1704 to 1974.

Tracing the history of a house or property and finding out about the people who lived there can be fascinating. It can also be time-consuming because you often need to look at a lot of books and documents.

It is usually best to start with known facts about your house and work backwards in time step by step.  You should start with books first and find out what you can before you start looking at documents.

The following is a leaflet about tracing the history of your house.

Tracing the history of your house leaflet (pdf 42kb opens in new window)

We have a large collection of local books and town and village histories.

There are lots of documents that can help you trace the history of a house such as:

  • maps
  • directories
  • censuses
  • electoral registers
  • local rate books and tax lists
  • deeds
  • estate records
  • building registers and plans
  • photographs (follow us on Flickr).

An important archive for finding out about the history of a house or property is the East Riding Register of Deeds.

This was started in 1708 and kept copies of deeds for the East Riding and Hull up to April 1974. The East Riding Register of Deeds is also important for legal searches as well as the history of properties.

The following is a leaflet about how to use the Register of Deeds.

Using the East Riding Register of Deeds leaflet (pdf 33kb opens in new window)

There are local studies libraries in Bridlington Library and Goole Library that have books and local collections that might help you with the history of a house or property in those places.

Do you have any digital archives?

We currently hold over 800 different audio-visual recordings and over 180,000 image & document files in digital format.  This amounts to 1.4tb of data.

A special area in our research room has been set aside for visitors to look at digital archives, including audio and video recordings.

You can search our online catalogue, using any of the words 'digital', 'film', 'video', 'sound' or 'audio' to see what items are available.

Archive videos available to view online

You can also view some of our archive videos online by visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s YouTube channel:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council on YouTube (external website)


Videos are available on a variety of subjects, including:

  • local towns and villages
  • local industries
  • railways
  • local events


Various audio recordings are held here, including:

  • oral history interviews with local people
  • audio books
  • local music
  • church services.

Documents and photographs (digital)

The archives and local studies service currently holds over 140,000 files in digital format. A large number of these can be viewed in the research room and include:

  • trade directories
  • maps
  • archaeology reports
  • photographs.


To view the digital archives you can visit us.

We strongly advise that you book in advance to ensure that a place is available for you.

Please complete the archives service request (opens in new window) or call (01482) 392790 to make a booking.

Can I give you any digital archive or analogue audio-visual collections?

We are happy to receive any digital records and analogue recordings to add to our archives.

If you have something on a CD, DVD, hard drive, or in another format that you think is worth preserving and would like to give it to us, please let us know by completing the archives donation form (opens in new window)

Do you have photographs online?


We have a selection of photographs and postcards available online through our East Riding Archives Flickr account: 

Flickr (external website)

Please note: East Riding Archives participates in The Commons on Flickr to further its educational mission and increase public access to its collections of images.

East Riding Archives images that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked 'no known copyright restrictions', indicating that we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions on these images, either because copyright has expired, no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply, or we own the copyright and have chosen not exercise that control.

The images that we upload to our Flickr photostream are available for non-commercial research, private study, or educational purposes. 

Please credit 'East Riding Archives' when you use these images, including the 'archive ref' from the image title.

If you would like to use these images for any other purpose or to obtain high-quality copies, please email us at archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

The Commons on Flickr (external website)

East Riding Photos - Picture Archive

We have teamed up with Max Communications Limited to bring you high-quality vintage prints from our historic postcard collection, available online.  

Choose from a range of sizes to create an ideal gift, or decorate your local business premises such as cafes, pubs, restaurants, and hotels, to lend a vintage look and feel to any room.

East Riding Photos Picture Archive (external website)

You can find out more about our external partner, Max Communications Limited on their website:

Max Communications Limited (external website)

Do you have maps?

We hold a wide variety of historical maps for the East Riding. This includes:

  • printed county maps
  • Ordnance Survey maps
  • enclosure maps
  • tithe maps
  • estate maps.

The following leaflet provides a list of some of the maps we hold:

Maps guide (pdf 25kb opens in new window)

Our Archives Maps page lets you see our old Ordnance Survey maps online. This is a collection of over 2000 Ordnance Survey maps covering the years 1855-1929 that have been scanned to give you online access.

Archive Maps (external East Riding website)