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Research service: introduction

We can undertake most types of research including local history, the history of a business, house or building, and some family history enquiries. The majority of basic family history enquiries should be sent to Middlesbrough Reference Library or alternatively, you could contact Stockton, Hartlepool or Redcar Reference Library.

For more information on baptism, marriage and burial records in Teesside please see Researching family history.

Research requests need to be as specific as possible. For example, we can't help with a request about 'the Smith family of Middlesbrough ' or 'the economic growth of Stockton', but we might be able to help if you ask for information on John Smith, born c.1885 in St Hilda's, or ask for information about a particular local company or ship.

As well as providing a research service we are also able to provide copies of some documents either as photocopies or watermarked scans. If you have found a document you are interested in but you are unable to visit us in person, please send us an initial enquiry with the details so we can check whether it can be copied. Please note we can only copy documents up to A3 size.

It is not always possible to find or verify information due to the nature of the records, and while every effort will be made to provide accurate and complete information, Teesside Archives cannot be held responsible for any errors and omissions.