Welcome to Calderdale FHS

Last updated on June 17th, 2020 at 11:18 pm

Coronavirus Update – Wednesday 17th June 2020

Our Chairman has conducted his monthly review of our policy on Covid-19 after yesterday when we held our first On-line committee meeting via Zoom to evaluate the current situation.

It seems highly unlikely indoor gatherings (Monthly general meetings & Research Room sessions) will be allowed for the remainder of the year.

In view of this we intend to trial the monthly meeting on-line for one month only. This will take place on July 23rd at 7.30pm. When all details have been finalised all members will be contacted.

Any changes in the situation will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis. All updates can be found on the society website and monthly newsletter.

Coronavirus Update – Thursday 14th May 2020

Our Chairman has conducted his monthly review of our policy on Covid-19, in the light of the most recent Government rulings.

His update has concluded :-

  • The General Meeting scheduled for June 25th has been cancelled.
  • The Research Room will remain closed until at least the end of June.
  • Any changes to the opening policies for the Maurice Jagger Centre, the Calderdale Libraries & the WY Archives will be published on this Home Page, but they are likely to remain closed until at least July 4th.
  • The next review will take place on Monday 15th June.

Coronavirus Update – Thursday 30th April 2020

The National Archive has opened up its digital archive for free during the lockdown for up to 50 items per user, for full details follow the link below:


Coronavirus Update – Saturday 18th April 2020

Our Chairman has conducted a review of our policy on Covid-19, as promised, and in the light of the most recent Government rulings.

As a result, we have updated our General Policy which can be read by clicking on this link

The main changes are :-

  • The General Meeting scheduled for May 28th has been cancelled.
  • The Research Room will remain closed until at least the end of May.
  • Any changes to the opening policies for the Maurice Jagger Centre, the Calderdale Libraries & the WY Archives will be published on this Home Page.
  • The next review will take place on Friday 15th May

Coronavirus Update – Monday 13th April 2020

During the period of the “Lockdown” Calderdale Library have negotiated an arrangement with both Ancestry and FindMyPast so that anyone with a Calderdale Library card can use their websites, free of charge, by following some simple instructions.

We will be using some images from John Hargreaves’ book of ‘Halifax in Old Picture Postcards‘ for our home page images, each picture will have a number in the top right hand corner so that you can try and guess where the picture is in Halifax. For information on John’s new book ‘A History of Halifax from pre-historic times to the present day‘ follow this link.

Coronavirus Update – Saturday 4th April 2020

Some members, who prefer to renew their subscriptions by cheque, are finding it difficult to get out to the post-box.   Consequently, we are giving those members a delay for up to 3 months to pay their subscriptions during which time they can continue to use all the services that the Society provides.    For those whose renewal is becoming due, you will receive an E-mail giving further detail of this scheme.  If you have any queries on this, E-Mail treasurer@cfhsweb.com

The last of our research site partners, Calderdale Libraries, has now closed.   As conditions change day by day, we will not be issuing any further updates until after our 1st monthly review on April 15th unless there is something momentous to report. In the meantime we wish all our members & genealogists alike good wishes and keep safe. Our on-line services are here to help you in your genealogy searches so do take this unprecedented time to use them and do keep safe.

West Yorkshire Archive Services have closed their offices in all 5 areas, including Halifax.   For more information on this, go to their website https://www.wyjs.org.uk/archive-service/

Society Coronavirus – General Policy

Following discussions amongst the Society officers, we have decided on the policy that our Society will adopt, concerning the Coronavirus.

A full statement of the policy is given on a separate page, which can be reached by clicking on this link.

In summary, we will follow the following steps :-

  • The General Meetings for March 26th & April 23rd will be cancelled.  A decision on the May meeting will be taken nearer the time.
  • The Research Room will be closed from Monday 23rd March until at least the end of April.
  • The annual lunch which was to have followed the AGM on April 23rd will also be cancelled.   Those members who have paid for their meal will be reimbursed.
  • The AGM for 2020 will be conducted remotely – see the April newsletter for full details.
  • All services that operate electronically or by post, will continue as usual.   This means that use of the Transcription Index, the publication of the Scrivener & newsletters & all other electronic communication will continue to be available to members.

We hope that this crisis is a short-lived event, although we believe that it may continue for some time.   Our policies will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Welcome to Calderdale FHS

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 – mostly on CD or 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.

Research Room – We have a Research Room in Brighouse Library where you can go to access both Ancestry & FindMyPast as well as all the Society databases. There is always an experienced Society officer there to help you.

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 Research Room.
  • 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. Click to see the current syllabus.
  • Ability to contribute to the on-line forum.

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

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