Yorkshire Family History

Find your Yorkshire ancestors, local history and details of their lives with these links to online family history and genealogy resources.


  • Barnsley Archives
  • Leeds Diocesan Archives
    As well as assisting in the present-day administration of the Diocese, the archives have long been a rich source of material for historians. A significant part of the collection pre-dates the creation of the Diocese of Leeds in 1878 and derives from the Diocese of Beverley (1850-78) and the earlier Northern and Yorkshire Districts (1688-1850). Anyone with an interest in the history of the Diocese or the development of the Catholic Church in the north of England over the past two hundred years will find much to interest them in the records held by the Leeds Docesan Archives.
  • Sheffield Archives & Local Studies
  • West Yorkshire Archives
    The West Yorkshire Archive Service exists to preserve the local heritage of historical documents and to help members of the public make use of them. The Service has offices in Wakefield, Bradford, Calderdale (Halifax), Kirklees (Huddersfield), and Leeds. Anyone interested in the history of West Yorkshire, who would like to discover what records have survived, is welcome to visit or contact any of their offices.

Births, Marriages, Deaths and Parish Records

  • Halifax BMD 1832-1921
    You can view Halifax birth, marriage and death records 1832-1921 for free. The records are taken from the Halifax Guardian newspaper and are available in PDF files.
  • Yorkshire BMD
    Yorkshire Births, Marriages & Deaths aims to give free access to all the BMDs registered in Yorkshire’s registration offices since records began in 1837. The site is updated with new records very often.
  • Yorkshire Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Wakefield cemeteries included:

Altofts 2000-present
Alverthorpe 1955-present
Castleford (All Cemeteries) 1979-present
Castleford (New Extension) 1929-present
Castleford (New) 1884-present
Castleford (Old) 1857-present
Crigglestone 1882-present
Featherstone 1905-present
Ferrybridge 1924-present
Hemsworth 1896-present
Horbury 1897-present
Knottingley 1883-present
Normanton 1876-present
Outwood 1873-present
Pontefract 1859-present
Stanley 1886-present
Wakefield 1859-present

Census Records

Criminals and Convicts

Electoral Registers


Historical Directories

Local History

  • Domesday Book East Riding
  • Domesday Book North Riding
  • Domesday Book West Riding
  • GENUKI Yorkshire
    GENUKI Yorkshire is a free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Yorkshire.
  • Hunslet Remembered
    Hunslet Remembered celebrates the Hunslet we knew up to the 1970s. Using maps, photos and words, it reminds us what life was like. However, it’s just a start, a way of stirring your memories.
  • Sheffield History
    Sheffield History is an active site with a popular forum related to the local history of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
  • Sheffield Records Online
    Sheffield Records Online aims to provide online material free of charge to help those researching their Sheffield ancestry.
    To that effect they have now completed and put online the full 1841 census index for Sheffield, Bradfield and Ecclesfield and a large part of Rotherham.
    The full 1851 census index for Sheffield is also available and work is in progress on the index to the 1861 census.
  • Wakefield Family History Sharing
    The Wakefield Family History Sharing has a great deal of information and resources for researching your ancestors and local history in Wakefield. Some of the resources available are: strays, old photos, some census records, some parish records and more.
  • Yorkshire Gazetteer 1828
    Details of cities, towns and villages, including the history and population.


Medical and Hospital Records

  • South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum Patients
    The history of mental health provision in South Yorkshire from the late 19th century is largely told by the history of Middlewood Hospital (formerly South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum) which was established in Sheffield in 1872.
    The records of Middlewood Hospital (1872 – 1996) are at Sheffield Archives. These include patient admission registers dating back to 1872 which list the names of the many thousands of people who passed through the asylum, detailing ages, occupations and ‘causes of insanity’.
    The names of all patients admitted to Middlewood Hospital between 1872 and 1910 have been transcribed and can be viewed online.

Military Records



  • Hull Lost Trawlermen
    This list (in PDF format) lists Hull-born fishermen and those serving on Hull-registered vessels who were lost at sea from the 1860s up to 2000.
  • Lost Pubs of Yorkshire
  • Miners of Silverwood
    Dedicated to the miners of Silverwood in South Yorkshire, the site contains an A-Z list of miners who worked at the mine between 1900-1994.
    You’ll also find a lot of extra information related to the history of the mine and the people who worked there.

Photos and Postcards

  • Leeds and Bradford Photographic Studios
    The history of the studios and the photographers with some examples of their work.
    A photographic archive of Leeds and the  surrounding area with almost 60,000 old and new images.
  • Kirklees Image Archive
    The Kirklees Image Archive comprses of old and historical photographs and images of the three large towns of Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley, as well as several smaller towns such as Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Mirfield, Meltham and Holmfirth.
  • Picture Sheffield

Poor Law Records

Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse Register of Inmates
The Ecclesall Bierlow Union was formed in 1837 under an order of the Poor Law Commissioners. It comprised the townships of Ecclesall Bierlow, Upper and Nether Hallam, Dore, Totley, the parish of Norton, and Beauchief Liberty. The workhouse was built 1842 -1843 at Cherrytree Hill to replace an old workhouse in Psalter Lane.

1881 Residents of Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse
A list of inmates and staff from the 1881 census.
Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames A – C) (PDF, 633 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames A – C).
Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames D – J) (PDF, 716 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames D – J).
Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames K – R) (PDF, 636 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames K – R).
Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames S – Z) (PDF, 708 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames S- Z).

School Records

Societies and Groups


War Memorials

Wills and Probate

Inquisitions Post Mortem
An Inquisition post mortem is an English medieval record of the death, estate and heir of one of the king’s tenants-in-chief, made for royal fiscal purposes. The process of making such inquisition was effected by the royal escheators in each county where the deceased held land.

About Yorkshire

Until 1974, Yorkshire was separated into three “Ridings”. The East Riding, the West Riding and the North Riding. Today, Yorkshire is divided into four regions: East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.
This page includes resources and information for Yorkshire as a whole.


  • 1831 – 1,371,359
  • 1841 – 1,725,132
  • 1861 – 1,993,177
  • 1871 – 2,456,705
  • 1881 – 2,837,034
  • 1901 – 3,512,838
  • 2011 – 5,288,200

Largest Towns & Cities

  1. Leeds
  2. Sheffield
  3. Bradford
  4. Hull
  5. York

Yearly Events

  • Yorkshire Family History Fair
  • Great Yorkshire Show
Most Common Surnames 1881

  1. Smith
  2. Taylor
  3. Wilson
  4. Robinson
  5. Walker

Places of Interest

  • York
  • Royal Armouries
  • National Coal Mining Museum
  • West Yorkshire History Centre
  • Ripon Workhouse Museum
  • National Railway Museum