Soyland, Ebenezer – Monumental Inscriptions

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

We have been advised of 2 errors on a Monumental Inscription for the Halstead grave. “Hiram” was incorrectly shown as “Ivor” & Leah’s age was shown as 26 instead of 86. The correct entry should read :-

HIRAM HALSTEAD, died April 13th 1901. aged 72 years. Also LEAH HALSTEAD, who died March 9th 1916, aged 86 years.

New transcriptions completed

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

Our transcriptions team has been working hard and recently achieved a milestone by publishing the last of the parish church registers. With the completion of these transcriptions the team has transcribed all the available parish records in our Society’s area. This is a tremendous achievement only very slightly marred because we have not been able to get permission to work on the registers for from St Mary/Christ Church at Todmorden.
But the team is not resting on its laurels! They are now working on the Burial records for Stoney Royd Cemetery – the largest & current cemetery in Calderdale, along with smaller projects. They are also collaborating with Warley Community Association on transcribing the Burial Registers for Warley Town Cemetery.
Have you used any of the transcriptions to unlock you family history? please let us know by putting a comment here.

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

( 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

Halifax Guardian Birth Marriage and Death announcements added to Transcription Index

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

Another 80,000 records from the Halifax Guardian have been added to the on-line Transcription Index. Covering the period from 1874 to 1885, these records provide the surname and the event being announced and the date. The records also have first names which might, for births, be belong to a parent.
These additions bring the number of records on the index with more due to be added in the next few months.
If you haven’t tried the index on-line, there’s even more reasons (80,000!) why you should take a look. The index is the first item under the Research tab

Projects update

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

We have published a a full transcription of the registers of Sowerby St Peter BMDs from 1643 to 1982, all indexed & searchable Our thanks to all our volunteers who worked on this project.
We are now transcribing Baptisms, Marriages & Burials at Ripponden St Bartholomew and expect to have this project completed in the autumn of 2013.

Sowerby Bridge Chronicle

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

This was a local newspaper that was published from 1883 to 1914 in Sowerby Bridge. Sowerby Bridge is a town near Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.

I’ve got scans of the newspaper (from the British Library) for the years 1896 to 1904 and am in the process of extracting the names of people from the Calderdale area (around Halifax and west to the border with Lancashire) who are mentioned in it.

The Sowerby Bridge Chronicle was published by William Ackroyd each Friday and had four pages. Generally, the front page had local and national adverts plus local announcements, page two had the national and international news, page three was a women’s page (household hints and a serialised story) while the back page had the local news (at least for the years 1896 to 1904).

Although the local news concentrates on Sowerby Bridge, people from other parts of the Calderdale area are mentioned, particularly Ripponden, Mill Bank, Triangle, Sowerby, Warley, Friendly, Luddenden Foot and Norland.

Good hunting
Roger Beasley

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Back page local stories for 1902

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Local people on pages two and three, 1902 to 1904

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