Family History Societies -
Yorkshire West Riding (K-Q)

This section lists county associations of Yorkshire - West Riding providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Keighley and District FHS:


Mrs S Daynes
2 The Hallows
Shann Park
West Yorkshire
BD20 6HY



Keighley Family History Society was founded in 1986 by people interested in researching genealogy.

The group originally focused on Keighley, but people in nearby districts were so interested that the association grew in size and now covers a sizeable area of Yorkshire, especially North Yorkshire.

Many parishes are covered by the group, which include:

  • Bentham
  • Bingley
  • Broughton
  • Carleton
  • Clapham
  • Gargrave
  • Giggleswick
  • Haworth
  • Ingleton
  • Keighley
  • Kildwick
  • Kirkby Malham
  • Long Preston
  • Marton
  • Silsden
  • Skipton
  • Slaidburn
  • Thornton
  • Tosside

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Alehouse Registers 1771, 1773, 1778, 1781, 1803
  • Census Indexes
  • Keighley News Marriages and Deaths
  • Keighley Muster Roll
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Paupers Sept 1843, Dec 1843, Mar-Sep 1857: Paupers in Keighley


Morley and District Family History Group:


Jeff Chambers
Garden House
2 Garden House Lane



Based in West Yorkshire, Morley and District Family History Group was formed in 1986. Their aims are to encourage and promote mutual help between people wishing to research their genealogy.

They also help people to find out more about their ancestors' lives, including what they did and what their lives were like.

To find out about parishes in the Morley area, please peruse their guide to parishes. 

An image of members of the Morley Zion Choir c. 1928 is accessible on their site. 

Photographs also include a class picture of pupils in Cross Hall School c. 1921-23 and a class photograph of pupils of East Ardsley Infant School c. 1904.

Some databases are available, which include:

  • 1851 Census for Gildersome (Transcription)
  • Churwell War Memorial: WW1 and WW2 Casualties
  • Horsfall Ltd, Albion Mills: War Memorial to employees killed in WW1
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Streets in Morley from Robinson's Directory of 1905 
  • Tingley Memorial: Memorial to those killed when the Halifax bomber crashed on 14th November 1944
  • Tingley Methodist Church Memorial Inscriptions
  • Wakefield Union Accounts 1886: East and West Ardsley, Lofthouse, Stanley, Wrenthorpe and other areas (Transcripts)

A message board is accessible, where you can post family history requests.


Pontefract and District FHS:


Mr Eric A Jackson
4 Larks Hill
West Yorkshire



Pontefract and District Family History Society covers Pontefract (including the Chapelry of Kottingley) along with the areas of Carleton, East Hardwick and Tanshelf. Parishes covered by the association include:

  • Ackworth
  • Badsworth
  • Birkin
  • Brayton
  • Brotherton
  • Castleford
  • Darrington
  • Featherstone
  • Felkirk
  • Ferry Fryston
  • Hemsworth
  • Kellington
  • Kippax
  • Kirk Smeaton
  • Ledsham
  • Methley
  • Monk Fryston
  • Normanton
  • Sherburn in Elmet
  • South Kirkby
  • Womersley
  • Wragby

The towns and villages within these parishes are also covered by the Society.

Many publiactions are sold by the Society, which incorporate:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Castleford Chronicle and Knottingley Advertiser - Marriage and Death Announcements 1858-1862
  • Census Indexes
  • The Independent Order of Oldfellows, Lodge 59, Pontefract Members Register 1856-1970
  • Inquest Notebooks 1844-1885 of Thomas Taylor, Yorkshire County Coroner (Index)
  • Inquests 1868-1890 Brotherton, Ferry Fryston, Knottingley and Pontefract from the Notebooks of Thomas Taylor, Yorkshire County Coroner
  • Land Tax Records
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Map
  • Pontefract Apprenticeship Records (Index)
  • Reference Books
  • Register of Persons entitled to vote within the Wakefield Polling District 30 November 1861 - 1 December 1862
  • Sailing Ships and Mariners of Knottingley
  • West Riding Settlement Index - Doncaster Records

For payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to conduct searches in their baptism, marriage, burial and monumental inscriptions indexes.

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is accessible on their site, along with a message board where you can discuss family history related matters, and obtain help to break down that brick wall.


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