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Harrogate & Area Genealogy Sites               << Back to Top >>

Yorkshire BMD
The Register Offices in the county of Yorkshire, England, hold records of Local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.


JEWISHGEN pages for North Yorkshire
Reference information on the Harrogate, North Yorkshire Hebrew Congregation. Harrogate is a town in Northern England with a population of about 70,000, well known as a spa. It is part of the District of Harrogate (which also includes the historic town of Knaresborough) within the county of North Yorkshire. Prior to 1974, Harrogate, covering a much smaller area, was a municipal borough within the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Yorkshire Surnames
Alphabetical Lists of surnames in of interest.  See also  Harrogate Family Surnames of interest on Curious Fox website.
 
Registration Districts in West Yorkshire (Genuki)
Civil registration districts in the West Riding of the county of York (Yorkshire) between 1st July 1837 and 31st March 1974. The same districts were used to compile the censuses returns for the years 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.  See also the registration district of Knaresborough.

Harrogate District
Harrogate is a local government district and borough of North Yorkshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Harrogate but it also includes surrounding towns and villages.  The district was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972.


Civil Parishes in North Yorkshire (Current)
List of civil parishes in North Yorkshire. 

Harrogate - Civil Parishes

The following are listed; Aldfield, Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Arkendale, Asenby, 
Askwith, Azerley, Baldersby, Bewerley, Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton, Birstwith, Bishop Monkton, Bishop Thornton, Blubberhouses, Boroughbridge, Brearton, Bridge Hewick, Burton Leonard, Burton-on-Yore, Castley, Cattal, Clint cum Hamlets, Colsterdale, Coneythorpe and Clareton, Copgrove, Copt Hewick, Cundall with Leckby, Dacre, Denton, Dishforth, Dunsforths, Eavestone, Ellenthorpe, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Farnham, Farnley, Fearby, Felliscliffe, Ferrensby, Fewston, Flaxby, Follifoot, Fountains Earth, Givendale, Goldsborough, Grantley, Great Ouseburn, Great Ribston with Walshford, Great Timble, Green Hammerton, Grewelthorpe, Hampsthwaite, Hartwith cum Winsley, Haverah Park, Healey, High and Low Bishopside, Humberton, Hunsingore, Hutton Conyers, Ilton-cum-Pott, Kearby with Netherby, Killinghall, Kirby Hall, Kirby Hill (Boroughbridge), Kirkby Malzeard, Kirkby Overblow, Kirk Deighton, Kirk Hammerton, Knaresborough, Langthorpe, Laverton, Leathley, Lindley, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, Little Ouseburn, Little Ribston, Littlethorpe, Little Timble, Long Marston, Markingfield Hall, Markington with Wallerthwaite, Marton cum Grafton, Marton-le-Moor, Masham, Melmerby, Menwith with Darley, Middleton, Middleton Quernhow, Milby, Moor Monkton, Nesfield with Langbar, Newall with Clifton, Newby with Mulwith, Nidd, North Deighton, North Rigton, North Stainley with Sleningford, Norton Conyers, Norton-le-Clay, Norwood, Nun Monkton, Pannal, Plompton, Rainton with Newby, Ripley, Ripon, Roecliffe, Sawley, Scotton (Harrogate), Scriven, Sharow, Sicklinghall, Skelding, Skelton-on-Ure, South Stainley with Cayton, Spofforth with Stockeld, Stainburn, Staveley, Stonebeck Down, Stonebeck Up, Studley Roger, Swinton with Warthermarske, Thornthwaite with Padside, Thornton Bridge, Thornville, Thorpe Underwoods, Thruscross, Tockwith, Walkingham Hill with Occaney, Warsill, Wath, Weeton, Weston, Westwick, Whixley, Wighill, Wilstrop, Winksley.  (If links are incorrect, see also Index of places in Yorkshire for more information on these towns).

Harrogate Borough Council
Harrogate district is full of history, from how life has changed in the Yorkshire Dales to the intriguing past of Knaresborough Castle to the development of Harrogate town as England's premier spa town.  See also local history and heritage information.

North Yorkshire County Council
Researchers are welcome to visit the County Record Office. The archive services include: Access to records, Archives, Census information (historic), Loans and donations, Local studies, Record office holdings, Records management, Withdrawal of records.

Yorkshire Indexers
An easy source of reference for those studying Yorkshire.

YorkshireRoots.org.uk
Member access to an extensive library and archive of material on the ancient county of Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Archive Service
The Service collects and preserves historical records of all kinds dating from the twelfth century to the present day.
 
Harrogate & District Family History Society
The objectives of the Society shall be to promote and encourage the public study of family history and local history mainly with reference to persons living in or associated with the district of Harrogate in the County of Yorkshire and to promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archive material.

 
Harrogate Historical Society and re-Population Study Group
Harrogate People and Places is a site which will be looking at the people, buildings and events that have helped to develop Harrogate as we know it today. This site consists mainly of a collection of extracts from the Harrogate newspapers and many other sources. If site is unavailable, email contact is Tony Cheal.


Bilton Historical Society
Bilton Historical Society is a local historical society based in Bilton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. We exist to record, investigate and promote an awareness of Bilton's heritage and future.

Knaresborough Family History
Family history information for locations (within the area around Knaresborough to Ripon in the North, Harrogate in the West, Leeds in the South and York to the East).  See also Knaresborough Online website.
 
Ripon, Harrogate & District Family History Group
Full information on the Society's activities covering the area around Ripon and Harrogate. If site is unavailable, email contact is RHSinfo@aol.com.

Ripon Historical Society & Family History Group
Founded in 1987, the Ripon Historical Society is actively concerned with all aspects of the City of Ripon and the surrounding area from Masham to South Stainley and from Skelton-on-Ure to Nidderdale. This is roughly the area covered by the ancient Ripon Liberty.


Ripon Local Studies Research Centre
The object of the Centre is to research the local history, family history and archaeology of Ripon and its surrounding area; to publish the results of such research and to make it available through publications, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and on the internet; also to encourage and assist members of the public in research.

Harrogate Links            << MORE
Website of the Harrogate Links includes popular genealogical links to those researching family history in Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK.
 
Harrogate Mailing List
For anyone with a genealogical interest in the present day Borough of Harrogate, Yorkshire, which includes the towns of Harrogate, Knaresborough, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, Ripon, Masham and Boroughbridge.

Villages in Yorkshire           << NEW
Wikipedia's list of current Villages in the County of Yorkshire. See also current Villages in England.

Local & General History                                                            << Back to Top >>

Harrogate (Wikipedia)
Encyclopedia description including; history, today, sport, schools and much more.  See also North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Brief history of Harrogate
A brief history of Harrogate with links to other surrounding areas.

Old Towns, Harrogate Yorkshire
Harrowgate of 1843 (now spelled Harrogate) is in the West Riding of Yorkshire and wapentake of Claro, consists of two adjoining villages, High Harrowgate, in the parish of Knaresborough, and Low Harrowgate in the parish of Pannal.  Harrowgate has become popular within the last century in consequence of the reputation of its medicinal springs, and is now one of the principal watering-places of the north of England.
 
Bilton With Harrogate
Shortly after the 1066 conquest the Normans established The Forest of Knaresborough, a place to hunt deer. in the 13th century Bilton Park was established. In 1272 Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, granted the monks of Fountains Abbey the privilege of taking "housebote" and "haybote", wood and timber, from common land within his woods in the Forest of Knaresborough.

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.
 
British History Online - Harrogate
A celebrated watering-place, comprising the villages of High and Low Harrogate.  This place, which is within the limits of the ancient forest of Knaresborough, derives it name, originally Heywraygate, from its situation on the road from Knaresborough to Heywray, now Haverah Park; and, prior to the discovery of its mineral waters, consisted only of a few farmhouses and widely scattered cottages on a barren heath. About the year 1571, Captain Slingsby, of Scriven, after his return from Westphalia, found a spring in the forest of Knaresborough, which resembled, in its properties, the waters from which he had derived much benefit abroad; this spring is now the source of the old Harrogate spa. The Tewit Well was subsequently discovered, and both the springs gradually attracted public notice for nearly a century before any provisions were made for the reception of the increasing number of visitors, till, in the year 1687, an inn, now the "Queen," was erected for their accommodation, to which another, now the "Royal Oak," was subsequently added. See also their main website for additional British History Online.

Yorkshire History Pages - Harrogate
History pages for Harrogate, Knaresborough and Nidderdale.  Information includes: Harrogate and its spa wells, Knaresborough town and castle, Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough's famous folk, Wetherby and Spofforth, Natural Nidderdale and more.  See also their main site information pages on Yorkshire and the North East of England.

Yorkshire History Pages - Ripon
History pages for Ripon and Fountains Abbey.  Information includes: Ripon's tribal origin, Ripon and St Wilfrid, Ripon Cathedral, The Ripon Wakeman, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Aldborough - Brigantian Capital, Devil's Arrows at Boroughbridge, The Ripon area and more.
  
The Iron District of Staffordshire
The Remaining Branches of Industry - "He who is once a grinder falls into despair, as though he had sold himself to the devil. Education in Sheffield is upon a very low plane; a clergyman, who had occupied himself largely with the statistics of education, was of the opinion that of 16,500 children of the working-class who are in a position to attend school, scarcely 6,500 can read. This comes of the fact that the children are taken from school in the seventh, and, at the very latest, in the twelfth year, and that the teachers are good for nothing; one was a convicted thief who found no other way of supporting himself after being released from jail than teaching school! Immorality among young people seems to be more prevalent in Sheffield than anywhere else."
 
The Condition of the Working-Class in England
The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 (by Frederick Engels c. 1845).

Institutions
Details on the different Institutions and how they operated as well as the Poor Law. If you haven't visited this site before, it will be useful to you.  See also Workhouse Life and more information on Hospitals, Workhouses, Orphanages, Schools.

Poor Laws
The origins of parochial poor relief extend back at least as far as the fifteenth century.  Legislation prior to this point largely dealt with beggars and vagabonds. In the aftermath of the Black Death (1348-9) labour was in short supply and wages rose steeply.  This site provides detailed information on the Old and New Poor Laws including Poor Rate, Badging the Poor, Bastardy Orders, Farming the Poor and much more.
 
Historical Acts of Parliament
Very interesting website for transcripts of Various Acts of Parliament of Interest to the Genealogist by Guy Etchells including; He is a Bastard that is born before the Marriage of his Parents (1235), an Act for the better preventing of clandestine Marriages (1753 Lord Hardwicke’s Act), an Act for granting to his Majesty a Stamp-duty on the Registry of Burials, Marriages, Births, and Christenings (1783), an Act for better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in England (28th June 1812 Rose’s Act) and much more!

History of Human Rights in Europe
Information on the history of human rights in Europe. 

Enclosures / Inclosure Act
There were a number of UK Acts of Parliament, which enclosed common land (see also open field system) in the country. This meant that the rights that people once held, to graze animals on these areas when not planted by crops, were now being denied. Common usage is enclosure, but this is not the name of the acts.  Inclosure Acts for small areas had been passed sporadically since the 12th century but the vast majority of them were passed between 1750 and 1860. See samples of private and personal acts of Parliament.

Domesday Book
A great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources being owned in England at the time, and the extent of the taxes he could raise. The information collected was recorded by hand in two huge books, in the space of around a year.  See also Domesday Book FAQ's.  Planning for the surveys was conducted in 1085 to cover six 'circuits'.

Trades, Directories & Unions
Harrogate Links collection of the links to workers trades, unions and Directories. 

Chartism
Searchable database of Chartists who risked their freedom, and sometimes their lives, because of their participation in the Chartist cause.

WWII People's War, North Yorkshire
An archive of World War II memories written by the public and gathered by the BBC. See also their gallery of photos collected for this category.

WWII Reminiscence Project (UK)
Wood Green, Witney project of Memories have been gathered by students, interviewing family and friends, evacuees, local people, etc.  The interviews and pictures provide a fascinating, first-hand insight into family life in a world within living memory. 
 

London News
The Illustrated London News magazine which was first printed in 1842 is the finest pictorial example of a historic social record of British and world events up to the present day. See search results for Harrogate.

Parish Church Records                                  << Back to Top >>

Harrogate BMD's
Birth, marriage and death certificates for North Yorkshire can be obtained from The Superintendent Registrar, Bilton House, 31 Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AG (Registrars.Harrogate@northyorks.gov.uk
).

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.
 
Family Search - International Genealogical Index (IGI)
LDS searchable online databases including; Births, Christenings, Marriages and a few Burials covering many places around the world.
 
Parish Register LookUp Exchange
This website has been set-up with the aim of bringing together all family history fanatics who own copies of Parish Registers, Monumental Inscriptions or any other research resources which may be useful to others, and are happy to share the information with other genealogists.  Includes; A-Z County Parish Registers for the UK where available, Monumental Inscriptions, Census and Other Resources.
 
FreeREG Search UK Parish Registers
Free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information).


YorkshireRoots.org.uk
Member search assistance for a fee for information including; Births, Marriages, Deaths etc for Leeds and West Riding.

Churches of Britain & Ireland - Harrogate
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.  See also list of Churches for North Yorkshire.

Church Plans Online  - Yorkshire
The Incorporated Church Building Society archive includes over 15,000 files relating to applications by parishes for grants from the Society. The earliest file is dated 1818 and the latest 1982.

Burials, Cemeteries etc                                << Back to Top >>

Christ Church Harrogate MI's
Ongoing transcriptions of the MI's and photographs of Christ Church, Harrogate courtesy of Paul Marshall.
 
Harrogate BMD's
Birth, marriage and death certificates for North Yorkshire can be obtained from The Superintendent Registrar, Bilton House, 31 Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AG (Registrars.Harrogate@northyorks.gov.uk
).

National Burial Index - North Yorkshire
Burial records by city, town/village, and by burial ground within that municipality (available on CD).

National Burial Index - Yorkshire North Riding
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company.  It is conducting the transcription and computerization of Burial records mainly by members of the Federation of Family History Societies throughout
Britain.

Deaths in Yorkshire Newspapers           << NEW
Transcription by Jeff Knaggs of selected of newspapers covering the entire county published in the first three months of 1901. Beginning with lists of people who had died just before the 1901 census. In the second phase of the project, Jeff is extending the date range forward and back, selecting the most useful newspapers first. This is an open-ended project that will continue, quite slowly, over the coming years.


Roll of Honour.com
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country. Other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.

Harrogate War Memorial Plaque
The War Memorial Plaque located in Harrogate St. Peters.  See also Harrogate Borough Council Roll of Honour.

Knaresborough Roll of Honour
The First World War Roll of Honour courtesy of Knaresborough Online.

Lest We Forget
Sheffield Indexers' collection of photos from various memorials for British and Commonwealth soldiers including; Leers (France), The Menin Gate, Ypres (Belgium), Railway Chateau British Cemetery (Belgium), Thiepval (France), Tyne Cot, Ypres (Belgium) and Vimy Ridge (France).

Tombstones & Monumental Inscriptions   
Photographic record of the various churches, churchyards, graveyards and cemeteries.

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.

Getting Started                                                     << Back to Top >>

Getting started in Family History (Genuki)
All the information you need to know to start researching your Family History.

Family History for Beginners      
Detailed introduction on how to search Parish Records and historical information including; Hardwicke's Act, Rose's Act and Toleration Act. By kind permission of John Marsden.

FreeBMD
Searchable transcriptions of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.

General Register Office (GRO)
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales including; Births, Deaths, Stillbirths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Adoptions.

The National Archives - Getting Started
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.  You can see this collection at The National Archives in Kew, West London, or view certain documents online. Research Guides are available through their online catalogue.

JewishGen.org
Joint project between the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and JewishGen.Inc, collecting genealogical and other community related information about UK Jewish communities (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).

Jewish Web Index
Extensive collection of information Jews first came to Britain in 1066, at the invitation of William the Conqueror, but were expelled in 1290 by Edward I.  England, unlike America, had a large influx of Western European Jews (especially Dutch) going back before 1800. With this website, you will find that each Link provides you easy, one-click accessibility by Country and/or by specific Subject in alphabetical order -- to the thousands of web sites visited offering detailed Jewish genealogical information or links to other portals that will help you with your research. 

LDS Family History Library
LDS Family History Catalog.

LDS Family Search (IGI)
International Genealogical Index (IGI).

LDS 1881 Census Search (IGI)
You can choose the 1881 British Isles, the 1881 Canadian or 1880 United States Census.

1837 Online.com
UK searchable databases including; Births Marriages & Deaths from 1837 - 2004, Census Records for 1861 & 1891, Military Records and more. Fee applies to records viewed.

Searchable Databases: 1538 up to 1901
List of searchable databases available by subscription for England and Wales including; Census, Cemeteries, Land, Obituaries, Personal, Taxes and Vital (Born, Married, Died & Buried).

1901censusonline.com
Official genealogy site of the English & Welsh census information for 1901 with searchable 1901 census completely transcribed for and on behalf the British Government.
 
British Origins.com
England and Wales database information by subscription including Census, Marriages, Wills, Burials and more.
 
Census Records of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921, 1931, 1939, Etc
Brief description about the census process and site links to originating online census record databases.
 
Census Finder - Free Census Records Online
Census Finder is a tool  designed to help you find sites which offer free census records online.  Site features links to; US Census Records, UK Census Records, Canadian Census Records, Census Indexes & Images as well as Other Census Links.
 
Yorkshire Strays in Ireland
Is it possible some of your relatives went to Northern Ireland? This link will give you an alphabetical list of Census strays to view. 
 
British Fairground Ancestors
The British Fairground Ancestors website provides information including census records on Showmen as well as Circus and Fairground Travellers Index.

 
Yorkshire & Surrounding Counties
Sheffield Indexers collection of popular Historical and Genealogical links for Yorkshire and the surrounding counties of  Cheshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Westmorland/Cumbria.

Genealogy Hunters in the UK
Sheffield Indexers collection of links of Popular Travel Info for Family History Researchers.  Sites include; Tour the UK, About the Counties, Accommodations and Who to See When You Get There.

Emigration, Immigration, Migration
Extensive list of links to websites for family members who may have Emigrated, Immigrated or Migrated.

Trades, Directories & Unions
Harrogate Links collection of the links to workers trades, unions and Directories. 

Harrogate Street Index & Maps                     << Back to Top >>

Harrogate Street Maps
Map index for current streets in Harrogate.

Counties of England
Historic Counties of Great Britain.

GENUKI Country and County Codes
'Chapman Codes' for Countries and Counties of the British Isles.

Old Maps
Old Ordnance Survey maps.

Alan Godfrey Maps
Old maps of Leeds available to buy.


GENMAPS
Miscellaneous maps of Yorkshire (Rootsweb).

Geograph British Isles
The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the UK and Eire.

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.
 
MapQuest
International Map Website.  If you have a current address this will show you where it is.  Will need the street address and postal code.

Harrogate Photo Sites                                             << Back to Top >>

VR Harrogate
360° panoramic tour of the city of Harrogate.

Viewfinder Picture Heritage - North Yorkshire
New online image resource for England's history containing illustrations of the industrial age, social history, architecture and archaeology, dating from the 1840s to the present day.  See also Picture Heritage - West Yorkshire

UK Aerial Sky Library
The internet's largest collection of oblique aerial pictures of the UK.

360° Views of North Yorkshire
Pictures include; Sports, Castles, NY Views, Coastal & More.  See also 360° Views of West Yorkshire.

The Francis Frith Collection - Harrogate
Photographic publishers since 1860. Website includes Photos, Maps, Books, Aerial Photos and Memories.  Searchable site also includes collections for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Churches of Britain & Ireland - Harrogate
Their ultimate aim is to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence.  See also list of Churches for North Yorkshire.

Pictures of Harrogate
PicturesofEngland.com exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England.  Take a picture tour of Leeds Attractions, Nearby Towns, Maps and more.  See also pictures of West Yorkshire and pictures of North Yorkshire.

Skipton Web - Harrogate Pictures
The SkiptonWeb Photo Gallery consists mainly of modern photos of cities including Harrogate. See also their Gallery of other photos taken in the British Isles.
 
Science and Society
Science & Society Picture Library represents the collections of the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television - as well as a variety of related collections. They now have over 150 image collections from both within and outside the museums' core collections. These contain over 70,000 online records, including over 40,000 digital images.

How old is that photograph?
Date an old photograph to help fit a photo into the family tree (Roger Vaughan Picture Library).

Dating Photos
With the growing popularity of family history research, dating old photographs has become an important part of putting together a family tree. Most of the time, these old photos do not identify the subjects, nor are they dated. Using tips provided by photography experts and museum curators, genealogists are able to date old photos, adding to the ancestral information available.
 
More on Dating Photos
Most old photos can be dated with reasonable certainty to within a period of ten years. In some cases they can of course be dated to the exact day, if someone has bothered to record that information on the photo! Sadly almost all 19th century family portraits in albums are unidentified and undated! So in most cases a little detective work must be done.
 
Old Picture Post Cards
Ongoing collection of Old Picture Post Cards from Harrogate.

General Sites                                                        << Back to Top >>

Federation of Family History Societies
FFHS is an international organization, established in 1974 in the UK as a non-profit charitable company.

Yorkshire Family History Societies
The Federation of Family History Societies' (FFHS) list of Yorkshire Member Contacts.

Cyndi's List
US based genealogical list with information for Yorkshire England.

National Archives
The National Archives offers helpful historical information on Family, Local, House and Military History, etc.

National Archivist.com
UK archives online databases with digital images of original registers, entry books, indexes and publications, reproduced under license.  Access by subscription to 1837Online.com.

GENUKI
Alphabetical list of Places in Yorkshire.

Family Records
London based site, provided by the FamilyRecords.gov.uk consortium, aims to help you find the government records and other sources you need for your family history research.

England Societies and County Sites, Coraweb
Another Gateway Site for Family History and the UK Genealogist.  See also their links page to England & Wales: Online Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and their General Information page for the UK.

Yorkshire Genealogy Links
Another Gateway Site for information on; general links, cemeteries, census, directories, marriages, military, parish registers, passenger lists.

Yorkshire & Surrounding Counties
Sheffield Indexers collection of links for the genealogists looking for family history information in Yorkshire and Surrounding Counties.

UK Genealogy Interests Directory
FREE UK Genealogy web site where you can put information about the surnames you are researching.

English and Welsh Register Offices
Address of all UK Register Offices.

Hugh Wallis's IGI Batch Numbers Web Site
IGI searchable database.

Surname Profiler
Ever wonder about the history or geography of your family name? This website offers a searchable database.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
The Society encourages genealogical research and promotes the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources. 

ANY-Web 'Genealogy'
Your Guide to Community Websites across the UK.

How much is that money worth today? (EH.Net)
Comparing the purchasing power of money in Great Britain from 1264 to 2005.

Historical Buildings & Places to Stay          << Back to Top >>

Harrogate Historical Sites
Including; Aldborough Roman Museum, Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral, Knaresborough Castle, Ripley Castle, Spofforth Castle, Marston Moor, Devil's Arrows.

Bilton Buildings
Bilton Historical Society collection of older buildings.

Looking at Buildings
An educational resource created by the Pevsner Architectural Guides - Work is underway to research and record city's buildings.  Harrogate not yet mentioned.

Ripley Castle
Home of the Ingilby family for the last seven hundred years. Our history is one of political, military, religious and social turbulence, of plague and persecution, of renaissance, enlightenment and industrial revolution. It is a tale of romance, courage, loyalty and recklessness. Henry Ingilby collected taxes for Edward III and helped the king to finance the construction of Windsor Castle. His brother Thomas saved the king's life and was knighted for his courage.

Hazlewood Castle
Hazlewood Castle has been in the family estate of the Vavasours since Norman times and was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Studley House Farm
In times past, it would only have been the aristocracy who could stay in a historic 19th Century farmhouse in beautiful countryside, on the site of an ancient Royal Forest, and close to what is possibly England's smallest stately home - a veritable English Chateau. But today you can enjoy this same privilege at Studley House Farm in the North Yorkshire village of Ebberston, away from the bustle of everyday life.

The Bar Convent, York
The Bar Convent is the oldest living convent in England, established in 1686. It now offers a variety of award winning facilities for the general public, businesses and historians alike. There is a fascinating museum bringing the history of the Bar Convent to life. The beautiful chapel is open throughout the day and serious research students may apply for access to the extensive library & archives.

Harewood House
Harewood House, home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of Harewood is set in spectacular grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks.

Thomas Chippendale At Harewood
Chippendale was employed to design much of the furniture in the House, the house finally became habitable in 1771.

Historic Houses
Information on historic houses in North Yorkshire.  See also houses in West Yorkshire.

Trades, Directories & Unions                                       << Back to Top >>

University of Leicester
Digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.  Directions: Click on 'Find by Keywords'. Select 'Yorkshire' and type in 'Harrogate'.  There are currently 51 directories for Yorkshire. Future projects to provide at least one directory, for each segment on depicted on the geographical map, for each of the following decades: 1850's, 1890's, 1910's.
 
GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.
 
Trade Union Ancestors
Find out more about your family history in the trade union movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. This website aims to help family historians to identify the correct union, to discover the role their ancestor played in it, and to find out more about trade union history.  See also Wikipedia list of Trade Unions of the UK.
 

Chartist Ancestors Trade Unions
Chartism and the trade union movement - The history of modern trade unionism tends to leap from the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in the early 1830s to the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress in 1868
 
History of the N.U.M.
Under conditions where children as young as four had to face a seventeen-hour day and a six-day week working underground, the District Unions (forerunners of the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain and the National Union of Mineworkers) were established to protect the interests and the lives of miners.  In the pits of Sheffield there was concerted action in 1792 when colliers employed by the Duke of Norfolk refused to work until their wages were raised. There are many examples of miners’ secret organisations taking industrial actionSee also more mining references in the UK and Trade Unions of the UK.
 
Coal Mining History Resource Centre
National Database of Mining Deaths and Injuries as well as other resources.  See also the National Coal Mining Museum for England and Coal Mining & Railways in the North East.

Old Medical Terms
This is a collection of old medical terms and their modern definitions from the 19th Century and earlier.

Worldroots.com
A list of occupations.

Old Occupation Names
Descriptions of occupations.

Understanding the Industrial Revolution
Website of biographies of the UK inventors, engineers, statesmen and reformers including stories of ordinary people upon whom Britain's industrial success was founded. See also their Who was Who historical index of people who made names for themselves during the industrial revolution. See also Of Men and Machines (The Industrial Revolution).
 
b4usearch.com
Free Online Business Finder & People Finder including; Postcode Finder & Address Finder, Directory Enquiries and Electoral Roll searches. The People Search service scours the electoral roll database, Directory Enquiry database, postcode finder database, People Finder database and Business Finder database.  See also further information on Genealogy. Registration required.
 
UK Electoral Roll Online Searches
Searches the UK Electoral Roll, Deaths, Marriages and UK Property Ownership to the general public and companies with access to every registered address in the UK since 1984 (TBV?). You can search by forename, surname, full name or by address and postcode. Terms and Conditions will apply.
 
192.com

Search the most powerful people and business finder in the UK. With 500 million people and business records searchable online information including; Electoral Rolls 2002-2006, Directory Enquiries 2002-2006, Residential Listings, Births, Marriages, Deaths, (BMD 1837 to 2004), 1861 Census People and Address search, Business Local Search, Thomson Directories, Dun & Bradstreet, Director Reports and Enquiries. Terms and Conditions will apply.

Hospitals, Workhouses, Orphanages, Schools        << Back to Top >>

National Health Services NHS (1948)
The history and establishment of the National Health Services (free health care).
 
Mental Health History
Website classifying asylums and patients in the nineteenth century.  Includes information on the five basic groups of asylums such as Licensed Houses, County Asylums, Hospitals, Workhouse Asylums, Single Houses. Mental health dictionary helps to define previous descriptions such as lunatic or pauper lunatic and more.  See Asylum Index.  See also Mental Health History Time Line.

Workhouses
State-provided poor relief is often dated from the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign in 1601 when the passing of an Act for the Relief of the Poor made parishes legally responsible for looking after their own poor.  See also Social Sciences & Poor Law 1834.

Knaresborough Workhouses
Information on Knaresborough Workhouses up to and after 1834 including staff and inmates as researched by Peter Higginbotham See also Ripon Workhouses.

Cottage Homes, Scattered Homes & Boarding Out
Information on the lives of children in England since 1840 including; children and education in the workhouse, training ships, early schools and more as researched by Peter Higginbotham.

Yorkshire Workhouses
Another website with information on Yorkshire Workhouses by Rossbret.

Rossbret Workhouses
Information on England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland Workhouse Life, Unmarried Mothers, Inmate Removals, Imbeciles, Drunkards, Children and Casual Wards.

Institutions
Details on the different Institutions and how they operated as well as the Poor Law. If you haven't visited this site before, it will be useful to you.  See also Workhouse Life.
 
Knaresborough Institutions

In 1854 Knaresborough, with 20 of the surrounding townships, was formed into a poor law union, & is now under the provisions of the Poor Law Amendment Act. A handsome workhouse has been erected there.  Information is still pending for the Harrogate Workhouse.  See the Knaresborough Union Workhouse 1861,1871, 1881 and 1891 census as well as the Harrogate 1851 census.

Salvation Army
In 1865, William Booth founded an Evangelical Christian movement in the East End of London. Originally known as the Christian Revival Association, it was renamed in 1870 to become the East London Christian Mission, subsequently shortened to the Christian Mission. The group was reorganised and renamed in 1878 to become the Salvation Army — affectionately known as the "Sally Ann".
 
DirectGovUk - Schools in Yorkshire
Find information about current schools, childcare and nurseries. Information also available for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cyndi's List of Schools UK & Ireland
Links to genealogical and historical information and searchable databases for the UK and Ireland.

Oldest Schools in the UK
Wikepedia list of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom.  See also list of oldest independent (private) schools in the UK.

Rossbret Reformatories
A Reformatory School was an Institution for the Industrial training of Juvenile Offenders. This Page links to Reformatories and Industrial Schools within the United Kingdom.
 
Industrial & Reformatory Schools in the UK
Alphabetical list of Industrial/Reformatory Schools & the like in England and Wales during the 19th and early 20th century by Mary Wall. See also their home page for further information on extracts of the 1888 Industrial Schools Act - Brief description of Truant Schools, Day Industrial Schools & Auxiliary Homes and more!

St Georges House Orphanage           << NEW
St George's House, Northern Police Orphanage, Harrogate, was founded in 1898 by Miss Catherine Gurney for the care and welfare of Northern Police Force children who had lost one or both parents. The children were housed at the Northern Police Orphanage, located on 12 acres of land on Otley Road, Harrogate. From January 1898 when the first child, Minnie Smith from Sunderland was taken in, until closure in 1956 due to the declining numbers of children in need, a total of 644 children had passed through the doors of St George's. St George's House was maintained by the voluntary subscriptions of the Northern Police Forces of England and Wales. The subscription amounted to 2d or 3d per officer per week and proved a successful method of assuring the regularity of income for the care of the children and maintenance of the House.

Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School was founded in 1903 as the Municipal Secondary Day School of Harrogate and, by 1931, had achieved Grammar School status. The original premises in the centre of Harrogate had long been outgrown as the original roll of 44 pupils had grown to 530. Work began on the 'new' Grammar School in Arthurs Avenue, to which the staff and pupils transferred in 1933. World War II evacuees swelled the numbers to 900.  See also the official site at Harrogate Grammar School.

Ripon Grammar School
Claimed to originate in Saxon times, it was refounded in the reign of Queen Mary in 1555. The school became coeducational in the 1960s. Although most pupils are day-pupils from Ripon itself, there are attached, separate, boys and girls boarding houses.  Notable old Riponians include: David George Kendall the statistician, Beilby Porteus, Georgian Bishop of Chester and London, William Stubbs the Victorian Bishop of Oxford, fashion designer Bruce Oldfield, the local MP David Curry (head boy 1962), and Richard Hammond, television presenter.  See also the official site at Ripon Grammar School.

Leeds Grammar School
Founded in 1552 by Sir William Sheafield to provide free, subsidised or fee-paying education, according to need.  Its original location is thought to have been The Calls, by the River Aire, near the centre of the city.  The school merged with Leeds Girls High School in 2005 to become the Grammar School at Leeds.  A physical merger, however, to be put back a year until September 2008.

Batley Grammar School
Founded in 1612, the public school is located at Carlinghow Hill in Upper Batley, West Yorkshire. A former pupil of the school is generally referred to as an Old Batellian.

History of Education in Britain
Education and educational system in Britain have long and interesting history. There were lots of changes during the progress. See also history of State Sponsored Education in Britain and Key Dates in Education in GB (1000-1899).

History of Ragged Schools in Britain
In 1818 John Pounds began teaching poor children without charging fees. Thomas Guthrie helped to promote his idea of free schooling for working class children. Guthrie started a ragged school in Edinburgh and Sheriff Watson established another in Aberdeen. Lord Shaftesbury formed the Ragged School Union in 1844 and over the next eight years over 200 free schools for poor children were established in Britain.

Blue Coat Schools
Charity Schools, also called Blue Coat Schools, originally a type of elementary school erected and maintained in various parishes, by the voluntary contributions of the inhabitants, for teaching poor children to read, write, and other necessary parts of education. They were usually maintained by religious organizations.

Oldest Schools in England
List of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom.  See also the oldest Independent Schools in the UK.

School Attendance Medals
Attendance at school had always been a problem. Children would normally have to work from a young age. A child’s wages could mean the difference between hunger and starvation for a family. The Sandon Act of 1876 and the Mundella Act of 1880 made education compulsory throughout England.  These medals, the silver were awarded for good conduct and attendance for three years and gold after four years. 

LDS Research Guidance - Schools
An outstanding compilation of research and resources that can help you learn more about English Schools.

Jails, Prisoners, Executions                     << Back to Top >>

Black Sheep Ancestors
Information on UK prison records, Outlaw and Criminal Records, Court Records and Executions.

Capital Punishment UK
Complete listing of executions in the UK including hangings, prison histories and more.

UK Historic Serious Crime Index
An A-Z of British serious criminals and their victims compiled by Ian Waugh.

Convicts & the British Colonies
Information on the transportation of convicts to the Australian Penal Colony 1700's - 1800's.

Convicts to Australia
Lists of convict ships, their passengers, conditions and much more.

GENUKI pages for Knaresborough, West Yorkshire
Lots of genealogical reference information on Harrogate within the ancient parish of Knaresborough including; Census, Churches, Church Records, Correctional Institutions, Description & Travel, Directories, Gazetteers, History, Maps, Memorials, Geographical Parish Names, Newspapers, Societies & Town Records.  See also information on the ancient town of Pannal.
 
Murder - The Ultimate Crime
UK site with details on hundreds of murders that have been committed over the years worldwide.
 
CrimTim
A criminology and deviancy theory history timeline including a Table of Statutes and a Common Law for England since 1154. See also The History of Crime in England, 1550-1914 and a Timeline of Capital Punishment in the UK.

Military Information                                   << Back to Top >>

Harrogate War Memorial Plaque
The War Memorial Plaque located in Harrogate St. Paul's URC.  See also Harrogate Borough Council Roll of Honour.

Knaresborough Roll of Honour
The First World War Roll of Honour courtesy of Knaresborough Online.

Roll of Honour.com
Site dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country and other helpful links to information on prisoners of war, other memorials, etc.

Officers Died
This information is intended as a memorial to those listed and has been compiled from various books, casualty lists, medal rolls, newspapers, and memorials.

Wartime Memories Project
This excellent project is actively seeking recollections from the war years. If you lived through the war years and have a tale or two to tell, they would love to hear from you. Some of the areas of interest to the project: Fighter pilots, RAF instructors and ground crew, RAF Maintenance Units, Aircrew who made a landing at one of the designated emergency landing grounds, Coastal Command, Bomber Command, Evacuees, Wartime school children, WW2 Refugees from Europe, WAAF, ATS, WRENs, WVS, Nurses, Doctors, Teachers and so much more!

Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
Information on military history.

Obtaining Service Records
Different sites to obtain British Service Records.

Hellfire Corner
Information on Military Forces.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.

The Long Long Trail
The British Army in the Great War of 1914 - 1918.

UK National Inventory of War Memorials
Searchable records of war memorials commemorating all wars located throughout the United Kingdom. Ranging from familiar community crosses and statues to less common memorials like bus shelters, sundials, park benches and even an island.

British War Memorial Project
A voluntary project to build an online International War Memorial to Service Personnel from 1914 to the present day - including those killed in recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The photo archive is the largest of its kind in the world.

National Archives - Military History
The National Archives has a huge collection of records dealing with Britain's military history. Whatever period you are studying, they will hold documents that reveal strategy, equipment and the experience of those that fought.  Also check out their information on Medals.

Service Cross Recipients
List of Foreign recipients of the distinguished Service Cross by C. Douglas Sterner.

Wars and Conflicts - BBC History
Histories of Britain and the world that have turned on the outcome of invasions, battles and wars.  Explore in depth, conflicts that have brought out the best and the worst in humanity.

Imperial War Museum North
One of the most talked about Museums in Britain today located in Manchester.
 
UK Military (Cyndi's List)
Extensive list to websites for further information on Battles, Battlefields, Military Sites, General Resource Sites, How to Find Old Comrades, Historical Military Conflicts & Events & Much More!  
 
Historical Regimental Art Prints
Regimental Art Prints, brings you Historical Military art prints from Military History of the British Regiments. All Regiments including Amalgamated Regiments and Yeomanry Regiments are shown in a list.
  
The Green Howards - Friends of

Discover something of this famous Infantry Regiment, now known as 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), this site is a good reference for historical information about the regiment and the military in general. Loyally serving the Crown since 1688 - Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment (19th Foot) The North York Militia, The North York Local Militia & North York Rifle Volunteers North Yorkshire and Teesside's Own County Infantry Regiment.  
 
The Pals Battalions in WWI
The Leeds Pals saw 750 of their 900 members killed, wounded or captured on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  See also Leeds Pals and Leeds Rifles.

3rd Regiment of Foot
The 3rd Regiment of Foot is one of the oldest infantry regiments in the British Army with a history dating back to 1572. It subsequently became The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

76th Regiment of Foot
A regiment of the East India Company and the British Army raised for service in India by the East India Company in 1787.

1st the Queen's Dragoon Guards
On accession of King James II to the throne on the 6th February, 1685, the regular army in England consisted of three troops of Life Guards, a regiment of Dragoons, two regiments of Foot Guards and five regiments of Infantry of the Line, which, with the garrison in regular pay amounted to 8,000 men.

British Regiments in Canada
Infantries #I and II Regiments of Foot 1 through 104. Regiments formed as early as 1572.

Boer Wars
There were two Boer Wars.  The first between 1880 to 1881 and the second between 1899 to 1902.  Both were between the British Empire and the Boer republics, the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic), founded by settlers known as Voortrekkers who made the Great Trek from the Cape Colony and were primarily of Dutch, French and German origin.  These settlers were often called Boers and were mainly the descendants of generations of Afrikaans who were living the Eastern Cape frontier.  The ware often called simply the "Boer War" is the Second Boer War.  See Roll of Honour - Boer dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.

Boer War - Empire Involvement
The vast majority of troops fighting for the United Kingdom came from the UK or South Africa. However, in the Second Boer War (South Africa War) a number did come from other parts of the Empire. These countries had their own internal disputes over whether they should remain tied to the United Kingdom, or have full independence, which carried over into the debate over whether they should send forces to assist the United Kingdom. Though not fully independent on foreign affairs, these countries did have local say over how much support to provide, and the manner in which it would be provided. Ultimately, Canada, Australia and New Zealand all chose to send volunteers to aid the United Kingdom, but did not send them in sufficient size and speed to be critical to the final outcome. See also Second Anglo-Boer War on the Landforces website.

World War I Casualties
The number of casualties (military and civilian) was over 37 million - over 15 million deaths and 22 million wounded.

Old Front Line Battlefields of WWI
This is a web site dedicated to the history and battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918.

The World at War (WW1)
Also known as 'the war to end all wars.  See also the Commonwealth Allies; Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Wales and the West Indies.

Australians at War
Australia War Memorial commemorating their involvement in the two world wars and the Cold War conflicts in Korea, Southeast Asia and more recently in Peacekeeping and Post–Cold War operations.

The India Gate
Situated on the Rajpath in New Delhi, originally called the All India War Memorial, is a monument built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in WWI and the Afghan Wars.  See also Indian Cemeteries.

For King and Empire
Canada's soldiers at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.

Aukland War Memorial Museum
Opened in 1929 to commemorate the monumental loss of New Zealand men and women during World War 1. Almost a third of the 18,166 New Zealanders who died as a result of World War 1 have no known graves, buried half a world away from their grieving families.

South African Military Museum
Situated in Johannesburg in the Province of Gauteng and is the only museum of its kind in South Africa. It provides a nucleus of Museum and military history expertise in southern Africa.

Canadian National War Memorial
Designed originally to commemorate the 60,000 Canadians who died in the First World War, the National War Memorial in Confederation Square has since come to commemorate all of Canada's war dead.  See 360° View. See also the Canadian Phalanx.

Canadian Soldiers WWI
Searchable database for Canadian Soldiers in WWI see also searchable database of Canadian Soldiers of the South African War of 1899 to 1902.

Canadian Military Heritage Project
This site is dedicated to presenting Canadian military history.  Extensive information on the wars, uprisings and conflicts in which Canadians participated.

Lest We Forget
Sheffield Indexers' collection of photos from various memorials for British and Commonwealth soldiers.

Emigration, Immigration, Migration           << Back to Top >>

Emigration
There have been several waves of emigration from the United Kingdom. People might have been fleeing religious persecution, seeking a better life or have been transported against their will. See also Immigration to the UK.

Emigration & Immigration Schemes pre 1900
Information of different schemes under which migrants arrived in Australia as well as other countries.

Mormon Emigration from Sheffield
Relief from the hard conditions for the poor and working class brought about by Mormon Missionaries offering people the chance to start a new life in America as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The shipslist
Find your ancestors on ship passenger lists. There's also immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Includes sites to research emigration, immigration and naturalization, 100+ passenger list sites, ethnic research, libraries and archives, passenger ship types, descriptions and images, and additional worldwide maritime information available both on-line and off-line.

Ships in Ports - 1881 Census
The 1881 Census contains details of many ships in UK ports. These records are useful for tracing seamen and passengers coming into or going out of the country. For those who do not have easy access to the 1881 census the following pages give the details of the people concerned. A new section of the site is now in progress. This will cover mariners at various shore establishments eg Royal Navy Barracks, Training Schools & Colleges, Seamen's Homes, Prisons etc.  See also further information at the British Seamen's & Mariners Research Links (Bob Sanders).
 
British Fairground Ancestors
The British Fairground Ancestors website provides information including census records on Showmen as well as Circus and Fairground Travellers Index.

 
FindMyPast.com
Online searchable records including; Ships Passenger Lists Leaving UK - 1890-1919 now available, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Census Records, Military Records, Migration Records, Occupations & Directories, Living Relatives. Terms and conditions may apply.

War Brides (UK)
More than one hundred thousand British war brides and large numbers of children sailed away, mostly bound for Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 1946 and 1947. Indexes to War Bride passenger lists are available. See also the Canadian War Brides site.

Genealogy Links by Country
Extensive list of links and resources to help you find family trees, research guides, historical and genealogical societies, genealogy databases, surnames, and local history organized by region, country and locality by About.com.
 
Census Finder - Free Census Records Online
Census Finder is a tool  designed to help you find sites which offer free census records online.  Site features links to; US Census Records, UK Census Records, Canadian Census Records, Census Indexes & Images as well as Census Links.

General Register Office (GRO) - England & Wales
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations including; Births, Deaths, Stillbirths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Adoptions.  See also the England Genealogy Mine page and the Wales Genealogy Mine page.

General Register Office (GRO) - Ireland
The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Republic of Ireland.  See also the Ireland Genealogy Mine page.

General Register Office (GRO) - Scotland
Responsible for Scotland's registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions. They run and use Census and other data to publish information about population and households. They are the main source of family history records.  See also the Scotland Genealogy Mine page.
 
Yorkshire Strays in Ireland
Is it possible some of your relatives went to Northern Ireland? This link will give you an alphabetical list of Census strays to view. 


Great Human Migrations
Western historians refer to the period of migrations that separated Antiquity from the Middle Ages in Europe as the 'Great Migrations' or as the Migrations Period. This period is further divided into two phases.  The first phase, from 300 to 500 AD and the second phase, between 500 and 900 AD.  See also Medieval and Early Modern Europe and see World War II evacuation and expulsion for World War II forced migrations.

Colonialism
Settler colonies, such as the original thirteen states of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina arose from the emigration of peoples from a mother country and involved displacement of the indigenous peoples to their permanent detriment.

Immigration & Naturalization - Cyndi's List
Extensive list of global links regarding Immigration and Naturalization.

Genealogy Mine
List of sources for finding genealogical data, to give you some idea of the wealth of knowledge available on individuals. It may also make you think of a source you had never considered.  Most of the links on these pages will take you to pages with links on that information while others may take you to articles on help. 

Coraweb for Genealogists
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History. See their links pages for; the UK, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. See below for links to their pages on Australia and New Zealand.
 
UK Genealogy Links
UK Genealogy Links website offering another gateway of links to national and international genealogy websites.

American Emigration                                    << Back to Top >>

Ellis Island, USA - Passenger Arrival Records
Searchable database for immigrants, passengers, and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York.  See also About.com Ellis Island.

British Colonization of the Americas (1500's to 1600's)
Began under the Kingdom of England in the late 16th century, before reaching its peak after the Acts of Union 1707, which established the Kingdom of Great Britain. Colonies were established in North, Central and South America and in the Caribbean, and a protectorate was established in Hawaii. The British were one of the most important colonizers of the Americas.

Jamestown, USA (1607)

The first permanent English settlement in North America established at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in 1607.  See also the Popham Colony.

US National Archives

The records in their holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include: Census Records, Military Records, Immigration Records (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization Records, Land Records. While you will not find the actual records online, you will find finding aids online, such as microfilm indexes, and information on how to conduct research in the different types of records.

Genealogy Links
Research your American roots with these United States genealogy resources, organized by state. Find a wealth of US genealogy resources for the states where your ancestors lived, including indexes to state vital records, online cemetery transcriptions, digitized census records, and maps of your ancestor's home town by About.com.

Emigrants from England to US
Olive Tree Genealogy website includes passenger lists for emigrants from England to the USA and much more.

Genealogy Quest (1600-1900's)
Online collection of lists including; early US Census Records, Land Grants, Military Records, Naturalization Records, Ships Passenger Lists & Immigration and other miscellaneous lists.

Genealogy Mine, America
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Australian Emigration                                   << Back to Top >>

LDS Research Outline - Australia
An outstanding compilation of research strategies and resources that can help you learn more about your Australian ancestors.
 

Australian Genealogy
The State Library of Western Australia Family History is a starting point for genealogists is the Genealogy Centre located in the Alexander Library Building in Perth, Western Australia. The strength of this collection is records relating to each of the states of Australia, as well as to New Zealand and Britain.

Australian Family History and Genealogy

The National Library of Australia links to Australian sites containing a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents.

Australian Family History Compendium

An Internet resource for people researching their family tree. It contains information on a wide variety of categories related to genealogy, with a strong emphasis on Australian material.

Australian National Archives

Holds an abundance of material of interest to family historians. They hold some colonial records, but most of their records were created during the 20th century, reflecting the growing involvement by the federal government in the lives of individuals throughout the century.

Genealogy Links
Research your American roots with these United States genealogy resources, organized by state. Find a wealth of US genealogy resources for the states where your ancestors lived, including indexes to state vital records, online cemetery transcriptions, digitized census records, and maps of your ancestor's home town by About.com.

Convicts to Australia
Lists of convict ships, their passengers, conditions and much more.

Genealogy Mine, Australia & South Pacific
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Coraweb for Australian Genealogists
An Australian Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History.

Canadian Emigration                                    << Back to Top >>

Canadian Genealogy Centre
Tracing your Ancestors in Canada.

LDS Research Outline - Canada
An outstanding compilation of research strategies and resources that can help you learn more about your Canadian relatives.

Genealogy Links
Research your immigrant ancestors or learn about Canadian immigration and emigration history. Includes major ports, migration patterns, border crossings, naturalization records, online ship passenger lists and more by About.com.

Newfoundland, Grand Banks
Genealogy site featuring the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

British Columbia
Online vital event indexes for the Canadian province contains information to historical birth, marriage, and death registrations for British Columbia, but not the actual registrations, and are being made available for the purposes of research.

Immigrants to Canada

Nineteenth century voyage accounts, emigration information, lists of ships sailing to Canada, information on the ports, and on the people.  See also Young Immigrants to Canada and Marj's Genealogy Page for helpful genealogy and family interest links.

Library & Archives Canada
Links to searchable database information from early Census, Home Children, Soldiers, Colonial Records, Naturalization Records for Upper Canada and Canada West and much more!

Pier 21, Halifax Canada
Pier 21 opened in 1928 and was Canada's 'front door' to over a million immigrants, refugees, evacuee children, child migrants, home children, wartime evacuees, troops, veterans, war brides and their children. It closed in 1971. See also very informative links page on Citizenship and Immigration and their ongoing collection of stories of those that came through or worked Pier 21.

Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland (1610)
Established in 1610 by John Guy on behalf of Bristol's Society of Merchant Venturers, who had been given a charter by King James I of England to establish a colony on the island of Newfoundland. See also Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

Colony of Avalon, Newfoundland (1500-1600's)
In 1620, George Calvert (1579/80-1632) purchased a parcel of land in Newfoundland from Sir William Vaughan. The land extended from just south of Aquaforte to Caplin Bay (now Calvert). The following year, Calvert's colonists set off for Ferryland under the leadership of governor Captain Edward Wynne. After the colony had been established, Calvert obtained a larger land grant from King James I of England, who awarded him "the Province of Avalon".  See also online list of early Ferryland Colonists and Early Settlement Schemes.

Yorkshire Emigration (1771-1776)
More than 1,000 people emigrated from Yorkshire and Northumberland to Nova Scotia (including parts of what later became New Brunswick) between 1771 and 1776. As a group, they comprise `The Yorkshire Emigration', a significant event in the history of the Maritime provinces.  Site includes; Passenger Lists, Family Information and Informative Links page with additional information to explore.

Emigrants from England to Canada
Olive Tree Genealogy website includes passenger lists for emigrants from England to Canada, Home Children/Orphans, and much more. 

Genealogy Mine, Canadian
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Caribbean & West Indies Emigration            << Back to Top >>

Genealogy Links

Compiled list of links by the US Archives for people of Hispanic origin including; Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean, and the West Indies.

More Genealogy Links
Search for your Caribbean and West Indies ancestors in these genealogy and family history records, databases and resources for the Caribbean Islands including Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands by About.com.

Jamaica Census (1670)
Genealogy Quest online census list taken on September 23, 1670.

Barbados Census (1673)
Genealogy Quest online census list of most eminent planters in Barbadoes.

Genealogy Mine, Hispanic
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Antigua & Barbuda

The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda was opened in 1985 and is operated by the Historical & Archaeological Society, a private non-profit organisation. The exhibits, which interpret the story of Antigua from its geological birth to political independence, are placed in the old St. John's Court House of 1750, a very historic building. It acquires objects and specimens by field collecting, gifts, loans, and exchanges and welcomes input from all those who are interested in preserving and expressing the island's heritage. There is a fine reference library and there are many computer databases totalling 25,000 records, available for quick reference.  See also more Historical Information on Antigua & Barbuda.

India Emigration                                               << Back to Top >>

Genealogy Links
Genealogy and family history resources for India including cemeteries, historical timelines, genealogical societies, lookup volunteers, maps, royal families and more by About.com.

Families in British India Society           << NEW
If you are researching family of British or Anglo-Indian descent who lived and/or served within the Indian Sub-continent from 1600 to 1947, you may well find something about them on this site featuring data on pre Independence India and more.

Genealogy Mine, Asia & Middle East
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

India Office Records
The India Office Records are the documentary archives of the administration in London of the pre-1947 government of India. They comprise the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), of the India Office (1858-1947), of the Burma Office (1937-1948), and of a number of related British agencies overseas. The India Office Records are administered by The British Library as part of the Public Records of the UK, and are open for public consultation.

Indian Cemeteries
This site is attempting to preserve the images of graves and monuments before they disappear. It is hoped that they will be useful to historians and genealogists, as well as serve to remember those whom they commemorate.  It covers the area which used to be British India and includes present-day India, Pakistan and Bagladesh.  Entries are not limited to British citizens, monuments cover many nationalities.

New Zealand Emigration                          << Back to Top >>

New Zealand Genealogy

Family research information for starting your family history search in New Zealand.  See also their Military Records resources guide.


Archives New Zealand
Official guardian of New Zealand's heritage documents including; the originals of the Treaty of Waitangi, government files and records, maps, paintings, photos, film access to family history documents etc.

New Zealand Genealogy Search Engine
Search all the on-line New Zealand passenger lists, family trees, surname interest and other genealogical resource pages at once!

English Migration to New Zealand

Captain James Cook, who mapped New Zealand in 1769 on the first of his three voyages to the country, was a Yorkshireman, and most of his sailors were English. See also profile of English Immigrants.


New Zealand Society of Genealogists
The purpose of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists is to assist members with their family history and genealogical research by:  actively providing opportunities for the development of genealogical skills and studies; representing the interests of the members in the wider community; and promoting the preservation of information.

Genealogy Mine, Australia & South Pacific
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.

Coraweb for New Zealand Genealogists
Another Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History.

South African Emigration                        << Back to Top >>

Genealogy Links
Trace your South African family tree with these lessons, genealogy databases and resources, surnames and surname meanings, archives, mailing lists and research sites for genealogy research in South Africa and more by About.com.

South African National Archives
Genealogical research forms a substantial part of the research conducted in archives. Each of our repositories which houses archival groups that contain genealogical information has prepared guides to genealogical research which enable the researcher or user to find the information she or he requires.
 
Genealogy Society of South Africa
For those who may be interested in genealogy and/or family history, the GSSA provides a wide range of educational courses, research programmes and services for the general benefit of GSSA branches and members, as well as any other service or assistance as may from time to time be decided upon by the National Council of the GSSA. They are developing links with Family History Societies and are assisting in the preservation of all genealogical records and memorabilia for South Africa.

e-Family, South African Roots
A completely free genealogy site, mainly for those researching their roots in South Africa.
 
JewishGen - South Africa
Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group (SA-SIG) providing information of interest to those who are researching Jewish family history in the communities of South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), Swaziland, Moçambique, Kenya, and the former Belgian Congo.

Genealogy Mine, Africa and African American
Another site of extensive international links for genealogists.
 

Sports & Recreation                                  << Back to Top >>

English Football
Information on Football teams and leagues in West Riding.

Harrogate Associated Football Club
The demand for a first class 'Association' Town team had been growing for a number of years as the last century dawned. In fact, as far back as 1907/08 a club was registered under the name of 'The Harrogate Town Club', but got no further.  In 1914 a club was formed as Harrogate AFC which secured admission to the Northern League for the 1914/15 campaign and were to play their home games at the County Ground behind the County Hotel.

BBC Sports
West Yorkshire Sports Listings.

Material                                                                  << Back to Top >>

Books by Professor David Hey
Distinguished family historian and well known author.  His study of surname distribution through his work in the 1990's at University of Sheffield, where he was the Professor of Local and Family History has produced excellent resources for genealogists in the UK. 

Genfair
The "One-Stop Shop" for Family and Local Historians.

The National Archives
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.  You can see this collection at The National Archives in Kew, West London, or view certain documents online. Research Guides are available through their online catalogue.

Stepping Stones
Specializes in the 1841 to 1871 Census of England and Wales, Trade Directories and similar publications on CD-ROM.

S & N Genealogy
Offering over one hundred and thirty programs plus Data CDs, books, charts and family history kits.

Global Genealogy & History Shoppe
Online shopping for different Countries.

Genealogy Applications
Everything to help fellow researchers (freeware, links).

Parish Chest
Premier family history, genealogy and online bookstore where you will find just about everything you need to help with your genealogy and family history research.

My History - Genealogy Supplies
On-line supply catalogue.

Harrogate Records
Kaye's Harrogate Records - The Records of Harrogate 1560 to 1812 produced by Colin Hinson including; A short book review, transcriptions of the Surnames Index of Harrogate Christ Church Registers, Surnames Index of Knaresborough Parish Registers and more.  See also Yorkshire Records for old and rare Yorkshire books available on CD.

Researchers                                                          << Back to Top >>

Tom Tulloch
Military genealogy and operational records research assistance for British and Commonwealth Forces during the 20th Century.  Contact by email.

Paul Reed
Researching a soldier who fought in the First World War and the Boer War? Paul has years of experience. Contact by email.

Current Harrogate                                                  << Back to Top >>

Harrogate (Wikipedia)
Encyclopedia description including; history, today, sport, schools and much more.  See also North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Harrogate Borough Council

Harrogate district is full of history, from how life has changed in the Yorkshire Dales to the intriguing past of Knaresborough Castle to the development of Harrogate town as England's premier spa town.  See also local history and heritage information.

Harrogate.com
Your Harrogate Guide to hotels, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, and attractions in City.
 
Harrogate Today - Newspaper
Ackrill Media Group, publishers of the Harrogate Advertiser Series, is a modern company with deep historical roots in the local community. The company's roots were more humble. In its early years, the “list of visitors” was the lifeblood of the Harrogate Advertiser. In 1836, the population of Harrogate was just 4,000, easily outnumbered in the summer months by visitors coming to take the waters, even though the spa image was not fully exploited until after the Royal Pump Room opened in 1842.

Harrogate Information Online
Harrogate Guide and Directory - Whatever you want to find around Harrogate; shops, businesses, hotels, pubs, restaurants, clubs, cinemas, theatres, etc. our directory, classified system and events guide will help you to find out what's on in Harrogate and where to find things in and around Harrogate.

BT.com - The Phone Book
Free Online Residential and Business Directory search by surname, town and street to help you find recent rellies.
  
Infospace - Find a Person
Phone Directory search by name and town.
 
WebFetch - Find a Person
Phone Directory search by name and town.

Famous Harrogate Personalities                    << Back to Top >>

Sir Edward Hulton 1906-1988
Edward Hulton the son of the wealthy newspaper proprietor, Edward Hulton, was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1906. After being educated at Harrow and Brasenose College, Oxford, he became a lawyer.
 
Claire King
Born Claire Seed on 10 January 1963, a British actress, best known for her roles on television, usually cast as glamorous, determined, "ball-breaking" women. She appeared in the soap opera Emmerdale as rich bitch Kim Tate and in the women's prison drama Bad Girls as Wing Governor Karen Betts from 2000 to 2003 but returned in 2004 for four episodes.  See Wikipedia for more.
 
Hugo Speer
English actor. He was born in 1969, Harrogate, Yorkshire, and educated at Harrogate Grammar School. He studied acting at The Arts Educational School.  He began his acting career appearing in TV series The Bill and Heartbeat, and played a minor role in the film Bhaji on the Beach before his first notable appearance as "Guy" in the film The Full Monty. See Wikipedia for more.
 
Famous People from Knaresborough

This is a list of notable people who were born in or near, or have been residents of Harrogate.

Famous Residents
Click on the following towns in the Borough of Harrogate with notable personalities and residents; Knaresborough, Scotton.
     

Famous People from Yorkshire

This is a list of Yorkshire people.  Yorkshire is the largest county in England and has contributed many famous names to all walks of life.  See also more famous people from Yorkshire.

Famous People from West Yorkshire
This is a list of notable people who were born in or near Upper Batley, or have been students at Batley Grammar School.

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