Family History Societies -
Yorkshire West Riding (W-Z)

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

Wakefield and District FHS:


Ronald Pullan
32 Blenheim Road



Founded in 1997 by people wishing to further their interest in genealogical research, the Society now has approximately 500 members worldwide. 

The aim of the association is to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, especially for people living in the area of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council or for people who have connections to the area.

The Society transcribes and makes available numerous indexes from records such as census returns, newspapers, parish records and trade directories.

A map of the area covered by the Society is also accessible on their site.

Some tithe maps are accessible on the site, which include:

  • Alverthorpe 1845
  • Crigglestone 1843
  • Stanley cum Wrenthorpe 1846
  • Thornes 1847

Some photographs are available, and these can be purchased form the Society.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Wakefield Express 1890-1899, 1914-1918
  • Bishop Leyburn's Catholic Confirmations in Yorkshire 1687
  • Bits and Bobs - Maureen Hambrecht
  • Catholic Recusants of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1558-1790 (West and South)
  • Census Indexes
  • Directories
  • Families, Communicants and Souls in Wakefield 1723
  • Marriage Index 1813-1837
  • 'The Millennium Letters' - Maureen Hambrecht
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Index of Towns and Villages in the Wakefield Area
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Protestation Returns 1641 Wakefield includes Alverthorpe Stanley and Thornes
  • Tithe Awards
  • Tradespeople
  • Wakefield and District Family History Society Members Interests 2008
  • Wakefield and District Wills and Administrations 1585-1594
  • West Riding Poll Book 1835 (Wakefield Polling District)
  • West Riding Quarter Sessions Indictments
  • William White's History Gazetteer and Directory of Pontefract 1837
  • Yorkshire Priests 1558-1813 (Index of Roman Catholic Priests)


Wharfedale Family History Group:

Address (Membership Secretary):

Mr Stanley Merridew
206 Moseleywood Gardens
LS16 7JE



The group was founded in 1980 and is open to anyone who wishes to trace their genealogy. If you have roots in the Wharfedale area, or further afield, you will find encouragement and help in your research by joining this group.

A list of places in Wharfedale is accessible on the site.

Some publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Ghyll Royd School 1889-2003: History and Photographs
  • Menston High Royds Burials 1890-1969
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Register Transcriptions
  • Otley and Ilkley Railway Staff Records 1865-1885
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Yeadon Township Records

Yeadon Township records include:

  • 1379 Poll Tax
  • 1539 Muster Roll
  • 1627 Poor Relief
  • 1628 Lay Subsidy
  • 1630 Rentals
  • 1672 Hearth Tax
  • 1711 Tithes of Grain and Corn
  • 1770 Rental and Valuation

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