The 1841 – 1911 census are available to view on www.findmypast.co.uk and www.ancestrylibrary.com which you can access for free on our computers if you have a Rochdale Library card.
The 1921 census available to view at Manchester Central Library.
Trade Directories and Almanacks:
Rochdale and District Directories are available to view at Rochdale Local Studies.
Directories and Almanacks covering Middleton and Heywood can be viewed at Middleton and Heywood libraries.
Rochdale Local Studies – houses Rochdale Observer (1856-present) and Rochdale Times (Dec 1871 – Jan 1924), both viewable on microfilm/pressreader.
Middleton Library – houses The Middleton Guardian (1877-present date) and The Middleton Albion (1857-1895) both viewable on microfilm.
Heywood Library – houses The Heywood Advertiser (1853-present date) viewable on microfilm.
Historical Burgess Rolls/Electoral registers:
Pre 1974 registers for Rochdale can be viewed at Rochdale Local Studies, for Heywood at Heywood Library and for Middleton at Middleton Library.
Rochdale (1855-1999) and Dearnley (1894-1999) cemetery records available to view on microfilm at Rochdale Local Studies.
Heywood Cemetery records (1856-1953) are on microfilm at Heywood Library.
Middleton Cemetery records (1912-1999) are on microfilm at Middleton library along with St Leonard’s Middleton (1862-1998).