Portsmouth Library card holders can use computers in the History Centre to access family history websites free of charge, including Ancestry and Findmypast. These include indexes to births, marriages and deaths (England & Wales, 1837-2006), National Probate calendars, census returns (England and Wales, 1841-1911) and many other records. Microfiche or microfilm copies of some of these records are also available in the centre if required.
Parish records (baptisms, marriages and burials) for the Diocese of Portsmouth are available on microfiche, and some of these have been indexed by name on card and computer. Indexes to cemetery burials are also available.
The book collection is extensive and includes guides to using records and constructing a family tree, Army, Navy and Air Force Lists, Clergy Lists, books about the Census, Domesday Book, genealogical periodicals, place and personal names, heraldry, peerages, and Coats of Arms.