Bolton Library and Museum Services

Archives Indexes

Browse lists of indexes available in Bolton Archives

This section lets you browse lists of indexes of microfiche records organised by subject. These are listed below in alphabetical order.

You can use this information to inform your research and plan your visit.

Associations, unions and societies

Indexes listed by type of association or organisation.

Indexes of associations, unions and societies

Bolton newspapers

Microfilm of old editions of Bolton newspapers, newspaper indexes and archives of cuttings.

Bolton newspapers indexes

Books articles and pamphlets

Posters, articles and manuscripts. Local authors collection including work by Alfie creator Bill Naughton

indexes of books articles and pamphlets

Business records

Businesses listed by trade type including: Cotton spinners and engineering companies.

Indexes of business records

Cemetery records

Records for various cemeteries in the Bolton area going back to 1856.

Cemetery records

Census returns

Returns indexes for the Bolton area

Returns indexes for the Bolton area

Church Records

Lists of church records for Bolton and beyond organised by denomination

Lists of church records


Telephone, trade and commercial directories index

Indexes of directories

Electoral registers

Poll books, Burgess rolls and electoral registers for Bolton

Veiw election registers

Family & estate papers

Various miscellaneous archives relating to Bolton family estates

View indexes of family and estate papers

Local Authority Records

Records relating to Bolton Borough Councils and their various forms over the years

Local authority indexes

Maps and Plans

Includes archives of surveyors and estate agents, Tithe and Ordnance Survey maps

View index of Bolton maps and plans

Marriage Registers

Boyds marriage index and General Register Office index

Marriage register index

Oral History

Details about oral history tapes and transcriptions

Oral history index

Photographs & illustrations

Archives photographic collection details including recent donations and community library collections

About our collection of photographs and illustrations


Probate records details

Where to find details about probate records

Public Records

Public records relating to courts, health and hospitals

Details about courts and public health records

Rate books

These records usually list names of persons liable to pay rates to the local authority, with a description of property for which rates were paid

Indexes of rate books and valuation lists

School Admission Registers

These often include names and addresses of pupils

View registers

Walt Whitman Collection

About the archive of the Bolton Whitman fellowship

Details about the Bolton Whitman Fellowship archive

Workhouse registers

The earliest workhouse records start in 1839

View indexes of workhouse regiters