Local and Family History

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

  • Do you want to trace your family tree?
  • Did your family live in the Potteries?
  • Do you want to learn about the area?
  • Do you want to find out about pottery?

If you are interested in family history or local studies, Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is here to help you.
Visit us at City Central Library, email your enquiry to stoke.archives@stoke.gov.uk or visit the service's website at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/archives to find out more.
Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is part of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service.

Our collections include:

Church records

  • Parish registers covering most of North Staffordshire, in print or microfilm
  • Methodist church archives



  • Telephone directories
  • Trade directories for the Potteries and Staffordshire from 1798
  • Yellow Pages



  • Rate books for the Six Towns
  • Registers of electors from 1949



  • Ordnance Survey maps from the first series in the late 19th century



  • Staffordshire Advertiser from 1795
  • Staffordshire Sentinel from 1854 to today



  • Photographic library covering Stoke-on-Trent, the Potteries and North Staffordshire
  • Pottery archives


There are also extensive collections about the local potteries and about leading personalities in the ceramics industry.

Contact us

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives
City Central Library
Bethesda Street

Tel:  01782 238420
Fax: 01782 238499
Email: stoke.archives@stoke.gov.uk