Research guides

Many people would like to know more about the places where they live, or where their ancestors lived. Once you have explored the census and trade directories it can be difficult to know where to look next. In this section of our website you will find a number of research guides arranged in broad themes that will guide you through the records that exist for that topic, so you can pursue your own research in as much depth as you wish.

You will find the following guides in this section:

Farming and enclosure, 1480-1790

Farming in Leicestershire, from 1790

Exploring your parish church

The history of your local school

Maps before the Ordnance Survey

These topics have been chosen for our first guides because of their importance to the study of the history of any Leicestershire town or village.

Maps can be a good starting point for a local study.

Most people are familiar with the Ordnance Survey, but there are many other, older, types of map that can tell you more about the history and development (or decline) of a town or village.  

Agriculture has played an important role in the history of the county, indeed two of the county’s most iconic products today are the Melton Mowbray pork pie and Stilton cheese.

The parish church is often the oldest building in a town or village, and its history will not only tell you about religious life in your parish, but can also tell you about periods of wealth and people of influence.

The school has also played a key role in the life of many communities, and is a topic of interest to most people as it is one we can all identify with.

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust is grateful to The Worshipful Company of Grocers for the support provided to enable us to develop this web resource.