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About us

North East Wales Archives was formed in April 2020 when Denbighshire Archives (Ruthin) and Flintshire Record Office (Hawarden) came together to offer a joint service. We collect historical records relating to North East Wales, and preserve them for future generations. We also encourage the public to come to our search-rooms and use our records in person.

What records can I find at North East Wales Archives?

We hold a wide range of original records, including registers of baptisms, burials and marriages, newspapers, photographs, maps, court records, deeds, trade directories and more. Our records date from the twelfth to the twenty-first century. You can search our catalogue to get an idea of which records we hold.

Our professional staff will help you to consult original historical documents, microfilm copies, transcripts, and guide you to relevant online resources.

The records in our collections can be very useful if you are researching your family history, or the history of your house or local area. You may also need to look up a record for legal or official purposes. You may need to use primary sources for a school or university assignment.

You can come to our office at Ruthin or Hawarden and use the archives for free, and we do not charge for general advice about our collections. Alternatively, if you cannot visit the archives office in person, we can do some historical or genealogical research on your behalf which will be charged at our usual rate.

It is important to plan ahead, so that you can make the most of your time when you visit the archives. We recommend that you do some initial research before you visit, either online or at your local library. If you have some specific names or dates in mind, this will make it easier to find the records you are looking for.

How can I get involved?

Volunteers play an important part in the work we do. If you would like to volunteer at the archives, contact us by email or telephone.