Palgrave Research Centre

Family History for Everyone

Do you know who your Grandparents,
Great Grandparents and their parents were?
Would you like to find out?

Why not come along to the Palgrave Research Centre



£1 for members, £3 for non-members


To avoid disappointment, booking is strongly recommended for any visits to the Centre. To book in advance telephone, the Palgrave Research Centre 01302 311930, during opening hours.

Closure Dates

Holiday/EventClosed   Reopen 
No volunteers availableFriday 13 October 2017Monday16 October 2017
D&DFHS Family Local History FairSaturday14 October 2017Monday16 October 2017
ChristmasThursday14 December 2017Tuesday2 January 2018
EasterThursday29 March 2018Tuesday3 April 2018
Early May bank holidaySaturday5 May 2018Tuesday8 May 2018
Spring bank holidaySaturday26 May 2018Tuesday29 May 2018
Summer bank holidaySaturday25 August 2018Tuesday28 August 2018
ChristmasSaturday 15 December 2018Wednesday2 January 2019

Disabled Access

Access to the Palgrave Research Centre is by way of 4 steps. It may be possible to arrange wheelchair access by prior arrangement.


  • Two Volunteers on duty to help get you started
  • 10 computers & 4 microfiche readers can be booked and printer facilities are available
  • Free access to the internet, including Ancestry and Findmypast with printer facilities
  • Over 29,000 items of research covering the whole of the country, including all
    Doncaster and District Family History Society Publications
  • Courses held, more information


The Palgrave Research Centre, which is in shared premises with the Doncaster Archives, is situated off the Balby Road, about a mile west from the centre of Doncaster and about the same distance from the A1(M).

King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 0NA

Visitors by Car

Balby Road is a dual carriageway and forms part of the A630 Doncaster-Rotherham Road. Drivers coming from the town centre can drive to the traffic lights by St John’s church, Balby and turn right into Greenfield Lane and then right into Florence Avenue. The premises are at the junction of Florence Avenue and King Edward Road. Use the King Edward Road Car Park entrance, except on Saturdays when the Florence Avenue Car Park entrance should be used.

Visitors by Bus

Bus X78 leaves Doncaster Interchange at frequent intervals. Visitors should alight at Westfield Park, walk away from Doncaster along the A630 (0.1 miles approx.), then turn right into King Edward Road (0.1 miles approx.).

Opening Times

Monday10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday10:00am to 2:00pm
  • The Centre will close 1 hour earlier if there are no people in the Centre and there are no bookings for the last hour.
  • Also the Centre will only be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month and with ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY. You can make advance bookings as late as 2.30pm on the Friday afternoon prior to the Saturday opening, and if there is no advance booking then the duty volunteers will not open the Centre


Please note that you will need to visit the Palgrave Research Centre to inspect the resources listed below:

  • GRO Indexes
  • 1851 Census Index: 1861 Census Index: 1881 Census Index
  • 1891 Census Index: 1881 (Scotland)
  • IGI: Boyds Marriage Index
  • Burials(Churchyards) – Doncaster St George – Thorne St Nicholas
  • Burials Cemeteries
  • Monumental Inscriptions: taken from Churchyards
  • Monumental Inscriptions: Doncaster Hyde Park Cemetery
  • Doncaster Health Authority Death Registers
  • British Genealogical Register:
  • Parish Registers Nottingham: Nottingham Union Workhouse
  • Strays: Register of One Name Studies: Pronames
  • Royal Navy – PRO Misc letters: Criminal Records
  • Vital Records: Yorkhire Marriage index

Paperback Books

  • Burial Indexes
  • 1851 Census Indexes
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Non Conformist Registers
  • Misc Publications

Computer Section

  • All available Census in Reseach Room
  • 1851 Census master index to A5 books
  • 1871 & 1891 Census index Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
  • 1881 Census index for the whole country
  • Bawtry Cemetery and Overflow Churchyard
  • Doncaster Health Authority Death Register 1873 – 1928
  • Doncaster St Georges Burial index A – Z
  • Doncaster Hyde Park Monumental Inscriptions
  • Marriages 1800 – 1837 for Archdeaconry of Doncaster
  • Bains 1822 Trade Directory
  • Mexborough Millenium
  • Dictionary of occupational Terms
  • Illustrated Yorkshire Churches
  • British Isles Genealogical Register
  • British Genealogical Register
  • Musters of the Yorkshire West 2 Militias
  • National Burial Index Edition 3