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Research service

Teesside Archives will be temporarily closed until spring 2024 while the Dorman Museum is refurbished. While we're closed, we'll answer email enquiries where possible, but document copying and our research service will be suspended until we reopen.

We can carry out 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 your local reference library.

For more information on baptism, marriage, and burial records in Teesside, please check theĀ researching family history section.

Your research requests should 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 can also provide copies of some documents either as photocopies or watermarked scans. If you've found a document you're interested in but you can't visit us in person, please send us an initial enquiry with the details so we can check whether it can be copied. We can only copy documents up to A3 size.

It's not always possible to find or verify information due to the nature of the records, and while we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.