Sources We Cover

Sources We Cover

Primary Sources

In recent years, genealogical research has been energised by the on-line availability of many records such as census returns. This has led to a number of new organisations springing up who offer to search (look up) these readily available resources.

At Yorkshire Family History we offer a great deal more. Whilst we naturally embrace the Internet revolution that has made many sources more readily accessible, these on-line sources represent but a small proportion of the material that is available to the experienced researcher. Local and county archives hold a wealth of records, many requiring specific expertise and local knowledge both to locate and to interpret...the sources we cover include the following:

Yorkshire Ancestry

  • civil registration records (indexes to births, marriages and deaths), from 1837 to the present
  • census returns, primarily 1841-1911 and occasionally some earlier returns of 1801-1831
  • original parish registers and other records of the parish from 1538 to the present
  • nonconformist records (Independents, Methodists, Baptists, Quakers, Jewish, etc.)
  • marriage bonds and allegations
  • Bishop’s transcripts and other diocesan records
  • wills and other probate documents
  • military records
  • professional records
  • manorial records
  • apprenticeship and other guild records
  • Poor Law documents
  • local newspapers
  • electoral registers and poll books
  • court records such as Chancery Proceedings
  • tithe apportionment and enclosure records
  • property deeds
  • various tax returns (hearth tax, land tax etc.)
  • Heraldic visitations and other early published pedigrees
  • commercial, trade and street directories and early telephone directories
  • monumental inscriptions
  • village, town and city histories and other local and regional topographical volumes