Local & Family History

‘You live as long as you are remembered’

Blackpool Library Service - Local and Family History

Blackpool Central Library is the home of an extensive collection of books, photographs and newspapers which uncover the history and heritage of Blackpool and the Fylde.

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner

Bygone Days
Senior Librarian and local historian, Tony Sharkey, hosts a series of free talks relating to Blackpool and its exciting past. Topics already covered include Entertainment Impresario and the role of Blackpool in World War II.

Watch this space!

Talks take place at Blackpool Central Library at 2pm- all welcome.
There is no need to book but seats fill up fast.

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner

Family History Course

Local History Librarian, Tony Sharkey, will be teaching a course on how to research your Family Tree. This course is perfect for beginners and is perfect for getting started on your Family Tree, a very rewarding and popular hobby for many people.

Keep checking back for new dates!

 It is suitable for those with English or Welsh family histories.

For more information, please contact Tony Sharkey.
01253 478090 or tony.sharkey@blackpool.gov.uk

Blackpool Library Service Kids Corner

Researching your Family Tree

The staff of the Local and Family History Centre at Blackpool Central Library are always happy to advise family historians, particularly beginners, in connection with their research.

Appointments are advised, and can be made by contacting either Tony Sharkey or Anne Cameron on 01253 478090 or localhistory.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

Initial advice, and access to important research databases, is free of charge

For more information on any upcoming events,
please phone the Local and Family History Centre on 01253 478090
or email: localhistory.centre@blackpool.gov.uk



  1. I would like to receive details of any talks or exhibitions. I was born and bred in Blackpool as were my grandparents, one branch the Whalley’s from Staining, farmers long before.

    • Hi Susan,
      Sorry for the late reply.
      If you sign up to our mailing list which can be found on the right hand column of the page, you will get updates of all our upcoming events, including local history talks.
      If you’re ever in the area, our local and family history centre is a treasure trove of information and our local history librarians would be more than happy to have a chat with you about your family history.

  2. I have been trying to register as a member of the library online. Is this no longer possible?

    • Morning Mr Bancroft,
      Unfortunately this service was withdrawn last week and the website has not be updated to reflect this as yet.
      If you pop into any Blackpool Library, we’d be happy to join you as a member. It only takes a couple of minutes and no ID is necessary.
      Thanks and apologies for the inconvenience.

  3. As some one who is now living in Kent I wish to access photo’s and such with regard possible research pertaining to family history. My late parents had stalls on the sands in the early 1950;s when I was a small child. Would like to view such photo’s if any exist. Thank You. Susan Whiston.

    • Hi Susan,
      The best person for you to contact with this query is Tony Sharkey, the local history librarian who oversees our Local & Family History Centre.
      His email address is tony.sharkey@blackpool.gov.uk or you can contact him on 01253 478090
      It sounds like your family have an interesting history and I hope that we can help you find the information that you’re looking for.

      • “Thank You” for the message and the information. My childhood was wonderful spending most of the summer days on the beach whilst may parents ran the stalls. I was about three or four years old at the time. Still remember my father driving an open top American jeep along the prom’ whilst I sat on the back seat with wind in my hair and a smile on my face. If any one in is interested in a short article,please let me know. Susan (Whiston).

  4. This is all well and good if you are either retired or unemployed. Those of us who work can’t possibly make these times.

    • We do understand your point. We haven’t found local history evening events as successful as daytime ones, but Local History Librarian Tony Sharkey will be very happy to repeat any of the talks he himself has done at a later date by appointment to any local groups or societies either at the library or at the group’s own venue. He can be contacted at localhistory.centre@blackpool.gov.uk

  5. Do you have any information on Thomas Llewellyn Poynton who was a Borough Treasurer of Blackpool? He was my mother’s uncle (her mother’s brother)

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