Useful Links

Useful web sites for Family Historians in Kirklees (i.e Huddersfield and District)

Steve Whitwam's Family History website A valuable resource for for research, particularly in the Milnsbridge, Slaithwaite, Marsden and Scammonden localities. By Richard Horton. The origin of this work was the "St. John's Kirkheaton Churchyard Database Project" but recently (2014) this has been extended by including the 'St. John's Lepton Project', a 'St Thomas' Bradley Project' and a ' Lane Side Cemetery Kirkheaton' project.

Kirkburton Churchyard The principal aim of the Churchyard Team, as it is now known, was to create a traditional English churchyard that was not only the resting place of local inhabitants but a reminder of its history and even more a haven for traditional flora and fauna. The churchyard has been mapped, with graves entered as Marked or Not Marked, which meant it had no stone (but was a mound of grave shape), or the grave had some stone slab or surround with no inscriptions. The site includes an index to Memorial Inscriptions with both Name and Map search facilities.

Hartshead Hartshead and Clifton were one parish until the 1860s when Clifton became parish of its own, these two villages are a one place study, this site is a member of the Society of one place studies. It is where Family History and Local History Unite. The site contains a selection of Hartshead church records. The latest addition is the Huddersfield Absent Voters List compiled in 1918.

Mirfield Memories This site is the place where the young people of Mirfield in West Yorkshire, and those who have moved here in recent years, can see and learn something of how it was when I was growing up. I hope that it will also bring back some memories for those who have moved away but still have Mirfield in their hearts. I will be covering some of the changes that have occurred in recent years and some that happened many years ago. I will be mentioning places that no longer exist and will show photographs wherever possible.(Extracted from the web site home page)

Huddersfield Exposed by Dave Pattern, a collection of articles and pages about the history of Huddersfield and its surrounding districts.

Launds Inn Museum by Robert Broadbent, a history of the Launds Inn and much more about family history research in the Colne Valley.

University of Huddersfield, Heritage Quay Slides available from the talk given at H&D FHS Fair, Nov 2015

The Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies:
Barnsley       * Bradford      *      Calderdale       *       City of York & District
Cleveland, North Yorkshire & South Durham   *       Doncaster & District
East Yorkshire   *      Guild of One Name Studies    * Harrogate & District
Keighley & District     *   London Group of Yorkshire FHS's
The Metcalfe Society   *       Morley Family History Group    *    Ripon      Rotherham        *       Ryedale     *      Selby & District      *       Sheffield
Wakefield & District      *             Wharfedale
Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Family History Section
Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Parish Register Section
Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies

Other sources of Useful Information:
Huddersfield Local History Society - Publications
Huddersfield and District Archaeological Society
Spen Valley Historical Society The Society was founded in 1972 and meets on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of August.
BMD Certificates - what they contain. A very useful page on the web site of the Society of Genealogists
Discover Huddersfield  We often think we know our town and the history, but - do you know where the last remaining wooden setts are or where there is an interesting (and rather rude) stone carving which reputedly got the stone mason sacked?   Come along and you might find out.
Discover Huddersfield lead a series of guided walks in the town and have printed walking trails that can be taken at your own pace. More information on the web site.

Canal People web site, By Angela Morefield who had canal boating ancestors.
In the early days of the canals, boatmen were relatively well paid in the scheme of things.  At the earliest census in 1841, most boat families lived in a house,  so that even if the husband was away working on the canals, the wife and children were living on land.
By the mid 1840's, however, the situation had changed.  The advent of the railways as an alternative for freight carrying made transport by barge less popular, and hence work on the canals became less lucrative.  Families could no longer afford to maintain a house on land, and were forced to live in the boats, which could not have been easy, given the limited space available in the boat cabins.  This had a double effect financially - not only was there no rental charge for a house, but the women also worked the boats alongside the men, thereby reducing labour costs.  Canal Barge work was one of the occupations which was truly non discriminatory!  The fact that "our floating population" was now itinerant creates difficulties in finding them in the censuses.

Even more useful and interesting web sites:

Top 100 Genealogy Sites
Resources for Military Families
How to Travel to Find Your Roots
Genealogy and the Law
Billion Graves
A Beginners Guide to starting a Family Tree Online
Military Indexes