Welcome to Calderdale FHS

Last updated on May 11th, 2023 at 04:47 pm


Database and Transcription Index Changes:

Work is progressing on identifying our next Transcription Project, details will be given once the Project details have been finalised and a start has been made.

Our Next Meeting:

May Meeting, Thursday, 25 May @ 7.30pm (Live from Maurice Jagger Centre).

Jack Banks – Bandsman  by Catherine Lee (CFHS Member)

Like many of us, Catherine’s interest in family history was awakened some years ago exploring family documents and photographs. Family stories and a little additional research revealed a number of surprises and, in some cases, enabled her to identify family members in the photographs.

One such photograph depicted her Grandad wearing a trench coat and pulling a cart on which there appeared to be some drums. This prompted Catherine to wonder what her Grandad did during the war and ultimately led to her obtaining a copy of his service record. A time line of his service during WWII soon escalated into a book of his life!

Jack Banks – Bandsman (1913-1975), is a very personal research project and fascinating insight into the life and times of an ordinary working gentleman, which Catherine would very much like to share with fellow members.

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, 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, also via Zoom. 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.

Map of the Area

Calderdale FHS Area Map