Halifax Guardian Births, Marriages & Deaths

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

The Calderdale Reference Library have now completed their mammoth task of transcribing nearly 400,000 BMD notices from the Halifax Guardian newspaper, from 1832 to 1921.   These are now available on the Library website www.calderdale.gov.uk.

In addition, they are now also on our Society’s Transcription Index, so any member who is logged on with their membership username can request a transcription, free of charge.   This will list all the names, and their relationships, one to another, of the people featuring in the newspaper notice.

This is a major new source of information for the 2nd half of the 19th century & the start of the 20th.

Enhancements to the Transcription Index

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

We have enhanced the Index to our transcriptions of vital events. Members can now request the full transcript of any record found when searching the index.
We have also loaded a sample of our publications. So if you have wondered whether you should buy a set of transcription data, take a look at what’s included, you can take a look here.

Shore Chapel records

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

Dorothy Woodall writes:

I am trying to trace the burial/baptism registers for the above chapel for the 1940s period and wondered whether you have any idea where the records for this period might be located please. I have tried the Wakefield and Calderdale archives and they hold some but much earlier.

I am aware that some of my husband’s relatives – named Woodall – were baptised/married/buried there but do not have precise dates.

You can contact Dorothy at dot3625834@gmail.com


Dean Clough Philharmonic Society

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

Leo Harrington writes:

I’m a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, USA, and I’m currently working on a research project involving a trumpet from around 1870-1900 with “Dean Clough Philharmonic Society” stamped on its bell. I’ve found basic resources about music in Halifax

(http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/wtw/sources/themes/music.html) but wonder if you might have any suggestions for further resources regarding musical activities in the region during the 19th Century. In particular, I’m curious about what the Philharmonic Society constituted (was it the same as the “Halifax Philharmonic Society” mentioned in the above link?).

And one other question: who was the namesake of the Dean Clough complex? The historical sources I’ve found say that the Crossley brothers leased what was already called the Dean Clough Mills in 1802


Any assistance you can provide, whether research suggestions or recommendation for further reading, would be most appreciated. If membership in your society would be required for assistance with the project, I would absolutely consider joining.

Many thanks!

You can contact Leo at lharring@oberlin.edu

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum seek WW1 photos

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

We at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon are starting the mammoth task of looking for photos of individual soldiers from the RWF who were killed in the Great War.

We are trying to put each man’s name on display on a screen on the centenary of his death and would dearly love to be able to add a photograph of each man to go with his name. It is a huge undertaking as there were over 10,400 men from the RWF that were killed. But even if we only get a fraction of the photographs we believe it is worth doing. Many of the RWF were from all over so we are asking please could you help?

You can help us by circulating our plea to anybody who is interested.

Many families have photographs tucked away so this might prompt them to seek them out. We accept scans or copies and any that appeared in newspapers, which often carried obituaries including photographs.

We need as much information as possible to go with the photo to make sure we fit the right photo to the right man – but sometimes a name and date of death might be all we need.

Email us on rwfmuseum1@btconnect.com for more details or to send us a photo. You can also follow our progress on Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook


Full Transcription Index launched

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

In the autumn of 2013, we implemented a full index of approximately one million names of people who appear on our transcribed publications. The index entry gives a summary of the event, and the full detail is available in the relevant publication. This is a unique and valuable tool to help you find easily whether or not we hold information about someone of interest to you.

The index covers Births Marriages and deaths from parish registers, census records from 1764 notices in the Halifax Guardian and much more

You will find the index under the Research menu.

RootsChat – West Yorkshire

Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 04:02 pm

Sarah Davies of RootsChat writes :

We have separate Yorkshire boards for the postings on Calderdale and over the last 10 years we have over 4 Million postings which are all searchable.

Our Family History forum allows the posting of images which is helpful for trying to decipher difficult handwriting, and also old Photographs that we restore, date and hand colourize.