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
Sheffield Archives & Local Studies
West Yorkshire Archives

Births, Marriages, Deaths and Parish Records

Halifax BMD 1832-1921
Yorkshire BMD
Yorkshire Parish Records

Burials & Cemeteries

Doncaster Cemetery Burials 1856-1937
Leeds Burials 1895-1921
Leeds Cremations 1938-1969
Leeds General Cemetery Burials
Sheffield Burial Records
Wakefield Burial Records

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

Criminals and Convicts

Criminal Ancestor Records
Sheffield Police Ticket of Leave book (1864 – 1874) – PDF
Provides details of almost 400 convicted criminals.
Sheffield Quarter Sessions 1880-1912

Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers 1832-1932


RootsChat East Yorkshire
RootsChat North Yorkshire
RootsChat West Yorkshire

Historical Directories

Yorkshire Historical Directories

Local History

Domesday Book East Riding
Domesday Book North Riding
Domesday Book West Riding
GENUKI Yorkshire
Hunslet Remembered
Sheffield History
Wakefield Family History Sharing


John Speed’s Proof Map of Yorkshire – Made between 1603 and 1611
Old Yorkshire Maps

Medical and Hospital Records

South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum Patients

Military Records

British Military Records
Leeds Absent War Voters
Leeds Roll of Honour 1914-1918
West Yorkshire Regiment
West Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War
The Yorkshire Regiment – First World War Remembrance
Yorkshire Roll of Honour


Sheffield Telegraph Obituaries 1850-1970


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

Photos and Postcards

Kirklees Image Archive
Picture Sheffield

School Records

Mirfield Schoolchildren 1953
School Admission Registers 1870-1914

Societies and Groups

Bradford Family History Society
Doncaster & District FHS
East Yorkshire Family History Society
Huddersfield FHS
Sheffield & District Family History Society
Wakefield & District FHS
York Family History Society


Pulleyns of Yorkshire
Yorkshire Surname List

War Memorials

Cenotaphs in the Wakefield Area

Wills and Probate

Barnsley Will & Probate Index
Rotherham Wills & Probate
York Peculiars Probate Index, 1383-1883

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