19 April 2012

West Yorkshire Non-Conformist records new at Ancestry

If you have ancestors from Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds or Wakefield, even if you think they were not Non-Conformists, consider checking this new Ancestry database taken from records at the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

It has 602,876 records from registers of Baptist, Congregationalist and Independent, Moravian, Methodist, Inghamite, Quaker, and Presbyterians, among other Non-Conformist churches.

Most are registers documenting baptisms, marriages, or deaths, though some miscellaneous records, such as church rolls and notices of members joining or leaving a congregation, are included as well.

The breakout of year ranges per event type are

Births and Baptisms: 1646-1906
Marriages and Banns: 1659-1921
Deaths and Burials: 1656-1985
Residence: 1772-1973
Along with names, dates, and places for events such as baptism or marriage, these records may include details such as birth date, age, parents’ names, maiden names, address, occupation, marital status.

A larger collection of Non-Conformist records is at The National Archives in series codes RG 4, RG 5, RG 6, and RG 8 available online at BMD Registers or The Genealogist.

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