The Huddersfield and District Family History Society was formed in 1987 and it’s aims are to promote and encourage mutual help between people interested in Family History and Genealogy. Based at its Headquarters and Research Centre at The Root Cellar in Meltham, the Society is a registered charity (No 702199).
The Society caters particularly for those with interests in the Metropolitan District of Kirklees. The area comprises Batley, Colne Valley, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Holme Valley, Kirkburton, Meltham, Mirfield, and Spen Valley. An area of nearly 160 square miles. Within it’s boundaries lie the eleven ancient parishes of Almondbury, Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Emley, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Mirfield and Thornhill. High Hoyland, Halifax and Saddleworth are on the fringes of the area and some parts of these ancient parishes are included. Our members include people who live locally, in and around the area of Kirklees and Huddersfield, but also nationally and internationally.
The Society has a large and very active team of volunteers who work with the society, helping with a variety of things such as transcribing parish registers, helping out at the “Root Cellar”, or at our local library sessions, to name just a few. The committee would like to thank all our volunteers who, like the committee members, give their time freely. We are always in need of more volunteers and anyone wishing to offer some of their time, would be most welcome.
What We Do
This is the Society HQ and is manned by our volunteers. Most of the activities, including the Research Team, Transcribed Publications for sale, The Library and the Family History Research facility are all based here.
The Project Group has completed a transcription of both the 1841 and 1851 Censuses for the whole of our area (more than 200,000 names and 1/90th of the population of England and Wales for 1851); these are available for purchase in booklet form and also on CD-ROM. The group is currently transcribing Parish Registers (baptism’s, marriages and burials) for all the major local churches. This information is available in printed form, as is information from the ever-growing database. Please see the publications pages for full details.
Our Journal is published four times a year, in January, April, July and October which is distributed to members. Back numbers can be found in the Members Area of the web site.
Speaker Meetings are held quarterly, usually in one of the four Town Halls in Kirklees. The detailed programme can be in the "Events" page
The society holds an annual Family & Local History Fair which is well attended by a variety of stall holders and visitors.
Drop In Sessions at various Kirklees Libraries are supported by The Society.
A Family History Forum is managed by the Society and associated with the web site.
As a registered charity, the society is wholly dependent upon membership fees, sales of publications, research and search fees, and donations to the society, to be able to continue with the aims as stated above, as well as being able to maintain the Root Cellar and open our records to all who wish to use them. Therefore, should you feel that you would like to make a donation to the society, this can now be done online via the society's 'Give As You Live' account.