West Yorkshire Family History Society

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

Doncaster and District Family History Society

Founded in 1980, Doncaster Family History Society has around 970 members worldwide.

Contact Information


Mrs Marion Baxter
38 Tudor Road




Society Research Centre

The Palgrave Research Centre is situated at:


Palgrave Research Centre
King Edward Road


01302 311930

Research Centre Location

If visiting by car from the town centre, you should turn right into Greenfield Lane at the traffic lights by St John's Church, then turning right into Florence Avenue.  The building is located at the junction of Florence Avenue and King Edward Road.  If you are visiting on a weekday, you should use the King Edward Road Car Park entrance, and if visiting on a Saturday, you should use the Florence Avenue Car Park entrance.

If travelling by bus, Bus X78 leaves Doncaster Interchange very frequently.  You should leave the bus at Westfield Park, head along the A630 away from Doncaster, then turn right into King Edward Road.

Society Resources

Resources held at the Centre include:

  • Bains 1822 Trade Directory
  • Boyd's Marriage Index
  • British Genealogical Register
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Dictionary of Occupational Terms
  • Doncaster Health Authority Death Registers
  • Doncaster St. Georges Burial Index
  • GRO Indexes
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Local History Books
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Marriages 1800-1837: Archdeaconry of Doncaster
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • National Burial Index (3rd Edition)
  • Nonconformist Registers
  • Parish Registers Nottingham: Nottingham Union Workhouse
  • Reference Books
  • Strays
  • Vital Records: Yorkshire Marriage Index

Research Centre Booking

You are advised to book in advance to visit the Centre, especially if you use a wheelchair because access to the building is by 4 steps, and they will have to arrange for you to obtain access via another entrance.

Research Centre Booking

Computers and microfiche readers can also be booked in advance.

Internet Access

Free access to the internet is also available.

Society Publications

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Ancestral Record Book
  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Doncaster Churches
  • A Family Historian's Great War
  • Freemen of the Borough of Doncaster
  • Inquests and Inquiries: Coroners' Records for Archdeaconry of Doncaster 1890-1930
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Register Transcriptions
  • Overseers of the Poor Memorandum Book for the Township of Doncaster from Midsummer 1794 to Midsummer 1795
  • Parish Gleanings: Facts gleaned from Parish Registers
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Quarter Sessions for Doncaster Borough 1796-1823
  • Settlement Certificates in the Archdeaonry of Doncaster 1692-1846
  • Settlement Examinations in the Archdeaconry of Doncaster 1730-1846
  • Settlement Removal Orders 1679-1849 and Examinations (Supplement) in the Archdeaconry of Doncaster 1782-1879
  • Thorne Guardians Minute Book 1837-1842 
  • The Train Builders
  • Tradespeople and Craftsmen 1834

Society Research Service

For payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to conduct research on your behalf in the resources they hold.  If you are unable to read a document you have discovered, the Society also offers a transcription service.


Harrogate and District Family History Society

Harrogate Family History Society was formed in 2006.  Their aim is to encourage and promote the study of genealogy.

Contact Information


Mrs Christine Wealleans
16 Swinborne Close
North Yorkshire



Society Parishes

The following areas are covered by the Society:

  • Aldborough
  • Allerton Mauleverer
  • Arkendale
  • Beckwithshaw
  • Bickerton
  • Bilton with Harrogate
  • Boroughbridge
  • Birstwith
  • Brearton
  • Burton Leonard
  • Cattall
  • Clint
  • Collingham
  • Copgrove
  • Cowthorpe
  • Dunsforth (Upper)
  • Dunsforth (Lower)
  • Farnham
  • Ferrensby
  • Flaxby
  • Follifoot
  • Goldsborough
  • Great Ouseburn
  • Green Hammerton
  • Hampsthwaite
  • Harrogate
  • Hopperton
  • Hunsingore
  • Killinghall
  • Kirby Hall
  • Kirby Hill
  • Kirkby Overblow
  • Kirk Deighton
  • Kirk Hammerton
  • Knaresborough
  • Langthorpe
  • Lingerfield
  • Linton
  • Little Ouseburn
  • Little Ribston
  • Martin cum Grafton
  • Minskip
  • Nidd
  • North Deighton
  • Nun Monkton
  • Pannal
  • Plompton
  • Roecliffe
  • Scotton
  • Scriven
  • Sickinghall
  • Spofforth
  • Starbeck
  • Staveley
  • Thorpe Underwood
  • Wetherby
  • Whixley

Society Resources

Many resources are accessible in their Library, which incorporate:

  • Bok-Kin September 2011/March 2012 - Journal of Bradford FHS
  • Census Indexes
  • Down Memory Lane in Knaresborough
  • Lincolnshire Family History Society Journal - November 2001
  • Reference Books

Society Publications

Some publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Constables of Claro
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Postcards and Photographs from Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding villages
  • World War 1 Service Personnel

Members' Interests

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is accessible on their site.


Huddersfield and District Family History Society

Formed in 1987, the Society aims to encourage and promote mutual help between people that are interested in genealogy.

Contact Information


The Root Cellar
35 Greens End Road 
West Riding of Yorkshire



Society Parishes

The group covers the Metropolitan District of Kirklees which comprises:

  • Batley
  • Colne Valley
  • Denby Dale
  • Dewsbury
  • Holne Valley
  • Huddersfield
  • Kirkburton
  • Meltham
  • Mirfield
  • Spen Valley

The area covers 160 square miles and includes the ancient parishes of:

  • Almondbury
  • Armitage Bridge
  • Austonley
  • Batley
  • Battyeford
  • Batley Carr
  • Berry Brow
  • Birchencliffe
  • Birkby
  • Birkenshaw and Hunsworth
  • Birstall
  • Bradley
  • Cartworth
  • Chickenley
  • Clayton West
  • Cleckheaton
  • Cumberworth
  • Dalton
  • Denby
  • Denby Dale
  • Dewsbury
  • Drighlington
  • Earlsheaton
  • Emley
  • Farnley Tyas
  • Fixby
  • Flockton
  • Fulstone
  • Golcar
  • Gomersal
  • Hanging Heaton
  • Hartshead cum Clifton
  • Heckmondwike
  • Helme
  • Hepworth
  • Hinchcliffe Mill
  • Holmbridge
  • Holme
  • Holmfirth
  • Honley
  • Huddersfield
  • Hunsworth
  • Jackson Bridge
  • Kirkburton
  • Kirkheaton
  • Lepton
  • Lindley
  • Lindley cum Quarmby
  • Lingards
  • Linthwaite
  • Liversedge
  • Lockwood
  • Longwood
  • Marsden
  • Meltham
  • Meltham Mills
  • Milnsbridge
  • Mirfield
  • Moldgreen
  • Morley-Churwell
  • Netherthong
  • New Mill
  • Lydgate
  • Newsome
  • Paddock
  • Primrose Hill
  • Rashcliffe
  • Ravensthorpe
  • Roberttown
  • Saddleworth
  • Salendine Nook
  • Scammonden
  • Scholes, Cleckheaton
  • Scissett
  • Shelley
  • Shepley
  • Slaithwaite
  • Soothill
  • South Crosland
  • Thornhill
  • Thornton Lodge
  • Thornhill Lees
  • Thurstonland
  • Upper and Lower Whitley
  • Upper Hopton
  • Upperthong
  • Whitley
  • Wilshaw
  • Woodhouse
  • Wooldale

Society Resources

Many resources are available in the Root Cellar, the Society's Library, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Local History Books
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Register Transcriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Reference Books

Many genealogy related books are also available, which can be loaned to Society members.

Centre Charges

A small charge is made to people visiting the Centre.

Society Research Service

If you are unable to visit their Library, the Society, for payment of a fee, are prepared to conduct research on  your behalf.

Society Publications

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Ancestral Notebook
  • Back Issues of the Society's Journal
  • Census Indexes
  • Local History Books
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Register Transcriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Reference Books


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