The IHR library is a collection of published sources, guides to sources, reference works and periodicals. Although we hold a lot of material of value for genealogical research, the library is not the best starting point - the UK National Archives website has a comprehensive range of guides covering birth, marriage, death, wills, census records among many other subjects which are useful pointers to material held in the National Archives and elsewhere. There are also official guides to the records of Scotland and Ireland. Other organisations are listed below.
The IHR contains valuable resources for researching more specific subjects such as people in certain professions, religious and state office holders. We have a strong collection of local history sources, including many editions of local records and biographical listings. Local record offices, archives and libraries will contain unpublished and more in-depth collections of local material. We hold genealogical resources across all collections covering Western Europe and its colonial history, but this guide focuses on the UK where collections are most complete for this subject. Researchers are welcome to visit the IHR to consult the collections, see further details about our membership. We aren't able to do research for people, but the National Archives maintains a list of researchers who are able to undertake genealogical research.
Below are some of the areas of the IHR collections which will be particularly beneficial for genealogical research.