Blackpool Central Library was very proud to take part in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? television show last week for the second time; this time tracing the family history of the longest serving member of Coronation Street, British actor Bill Roache. Tracing his family all the way back to Blackpool, Bill uses Blackpool Library Service’s Local and Family History centre to delve into his fascinating past. Talking to Professor Toulmin and aided by our resident historian, Tony Sharkey; Bill unfolds the secrets of his relative’s history.
If you missed it, you can still catch up online on BBC iPlayer or by follow the link below.
Who Do You Think You Are? – Bill Roache
If, like Bill Roache, you are interested in learning about your family’s history, the Local Family and History Centre situated in Blackpool Central Library is open to the public with free access to many of the popular family history websites, with friendly staff willing to help.
If you want to get a book on researching your family history, here are a few of our favourites:
>Census- The Expert Guide- Peter Christian and David Annal
>Great War Lives- Paul Reed
>Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History- Dan Waddell