Welcome to Calderdale FHS

Last updated on June 3rd, 2024 at 10:43 am

Welcome to Calderdale FHS

Up and Coming Events of interest

Thurs June 27th @ 7:30pm – Society Meeting

Yorkshire Watermen – David Scrimgeour

Both Zoom and at Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax

The transportation of goods across pre-motorway Yorkshire relied heavily on the watermen, often accompanied by their families, who piloted their well laden keels along the numerous canals and rivers of the county.

As a founding member of the Yorkshire Waterways Heritage Society, David will share his new research examining the extant Canal Boat Registers to see what extra insight they offer the family historian.

The presentation is widely illustrated with real examples from watermen families across the county. The evidence collected will undoubtedly surprise members with the scale of the waterway’s trade, once widespread across Yorkshire, and the conditions under which the watermen and their families lived.

Repeat Meeting (Zoom only) – Wed. 3rd July – 9.00am


About the Society

Founded in 1985 we are a group of Family Historians who help each other, and the general public, with research into their ancestors. We are dedicated to ancestry, genealogy and family search in Halifax, West Yorkshire and the surrounding area. Full details of everything we offer can be found using the drop-down menu bar above.
However, the most important & well-used facilities are listed below. Click on the title of the sections below to go to use that facility.

Transcription Index – Search the index for over 2m records that have been transcribed over the years the Society – your long, lost, ancestor may be amongst them!

Publications – Look to see what publications we offer to help you, these are only available as downloadable files.

Projects – See what projects we are doing which may help you in the near future. New information is becoming available all the time.

Enquiry Service – The Society offers an enquiry service to all our data, for details of what is on offer click the link in the heading or follow the drop-down menu under Research..

Benefits of Membership – Membership of the Society starts from as little as £6 per annum. Benefits include :-

  • The Scrivener – 4 informative family history related Journals every year.
  • Access to other members’ Interests through our “Members Area” on the Society website www.cfhsweb.com.
  • Use of the On-line Databases, either directly or through the Transcription Index, access from the “Members Area”
  • Free searches for the full detail of every item on the Transcription Index.
  • A monthly meeting at the Maurice Jagger Centre in Halifax every 4th Thursday, open to members and non members. Light refreshments served from 7.15pm.  Access to monthly meeting via Zoom.   Click to see the current syllabus.
  • Ability to contribute to the on-line forum.
  • Monthly Newsletter delivered by E-Mail.
  • Members are encouraged to contribute to the on-line forum, monthly newsletter and quarterly Scrivener.

Click here to apply for details on how to apply for membership.

Map of the Area

Calderdale FHS Area Map