How to become a local historian

With a growing number of physical and online resources, there have never been more ways to discover your area’s past. Jane Williamson offers some tips to get you started

Vintage family photo album and documents. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Visit the archives

Whether you’re tracking down a notable local dynasty or your village’s medieval past, national, county and city archives are an excellent way to access local history resources. A starting point for births, deaths and marriages, your local records office is also where you can discuss your search with archivists and see historical documents first-hand.

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