Searchable Burial Record Database 1565 to 2007


Copies of the following Parish Registers are available at Clitheroe Library in the Reference Collection

1558 to 1812 on Micro Fiche


1558 to 1991 in book form

Please note The Library Staff, unfortunately do not have the resources to undertake searches of the registers, or other resources on your behalf . But are more than willing to provide help on using the resources within the Library.


Clitheroe Library has census returns for most of the Ribble Valley Borough area for the years;

1841 to 1891 on micro fiche

There are surname indexes available for the 1851 and 1871 censuses


The Ribble Valley branch of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society (LFHHS) has transcribed many of the Ribble Valley churchyards and the Clitheroe 'municipal Cemetery. The M.I.s are indexed by name and place and contain a plan of the churchyard and are an invaluable resource.


Clitheroe Library has all the first edition 6" to the mile Ordnance Survey maps, which were published in the early 1840s and all the first edition OS .25" to the mile maps published in the 1890s for the Ribble Valley Borough. The library also has many other early maps including some tithe maps.


Brian Stott of the LFHHS has indexed the wills from the Craven area which are held in the Borthwick Institute in York. If you find a name on the index, photocopies of the wills can be obtained from the Borthwick Institute.


The library has the "Clitheroe Advertiser & Times" from December 1888 to the present time and "The Clitheroe Borough Record" from 1926 to 1962 on microfilm.


The library has original and photocopied trade directories from the 1800s to the 1950s. If your ancestors had trades or professions, they can often be found in the trade directories.

Clitheroe Library

 To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book a microfilm or microfiche reader in advance of your visit if resources you want to use may be in these formats.

Clitheroe Library Church Street Clitheroe, BB7 2DG Tel: (44) 01200 428788 Fax: (44) 01200 443203