The Library Resources

The library holds an extensive stock of donated and purchased resources on family history topics, with both lending and reference materials. If you need to dig deeper into the background of the lives of your ancestors, we may be able to help.

Lending Resources

The contents are classified in a number of sections:
Parish Registers, Research Directories, Miscellaneous Records, Record Offices & Archives, How to books, Pedigrees and Family Trees, General, Church Histories, History of Places, Military, Reference Volumes and Maps and Non-Conformist Registers.

Reference Materials

The Library contains many resources that may only be used at The Root Cellar. Amongst these are a large number of Pedigrees and Family Trees many of which have been donated, large maps, and a number of books that, due to their age and rarity, can only be viewed on the premises. If you are travelling to view these items, it may be advisable to contact the Root Cellar in advance to check availability. These older volumes can provide a unique insight into the history of the area, many of which have been written in the Nineteenth Century by local people.
The Librarian will advise if selected sections can be copied and sent by post or email. (Copyright permitting).

Exchange Journals

We exchange journals with other Societies both in the UK and abroad. If you are researching other localities, it may be worthwhile consulting our exchange journals, which may be borrowed by arrangement.

Borrowing Resources for Society Members

Members may borrow up to three resources in person for up to one month, and up to five weeks by post.

Personal Loans

Visit the Library and select the materials you would like to borrow, a Root Cellar Volunteer will then deal with their issue.

Postal Loans

Materials may be requested by using the form below. Requests may also be made by phone or post to the Root Cellar. Borrowers are asked to pay the return postage for materials and will be advised of costs when the loan is requested.
A PayPal Invoice will be generated for this payment or the payment may be paid by cheque (in pounds sterling at a UK bank).

Look up Service, for Members & Non Members

The society offers a Library look up service, available for those who may not be able to use the Library loan service. Charges for this service are the same as the Society Research Service. Please form  below to contact the Librarian with details of your request.

Other Resources

The Root Cellar contains other resources invaluable for research including microfiche, film and CDs.
Many Kirklees parish registers (both Church of England and Non-conformist)
Censuses from 1841 and 1901 for Kirklees. This area is expanding all the time, so check, as it may be a new acquisition and not yet listed.