Top Tips for Family Trees

Leeds Libraries have recently made Ancestry available to all Leeds library card holders, free of charge and accessible from home with a library card and pin number.* To complement this exciting development we will be publishing a series of blogs about starting your own family tree, both by using Ancestry and other genealogical websites. Starting…

Ancestry for all!

Leeds Libraries are delighted to announce that, for the period of library closures, Ancestry will be available for library members to access from home. Previously, Ancestry has only been accessible to the public within library buildings – but now everyone who has a Leeds library card can access the millions of genealogical records free of…

Visitations and Pedigrees

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm explores Visitation records – a largely neglected but extremely worthwhile set of family history records from the 16th and 17th-centuries… Family historians will be familiar with the difficulty of tracing ancestries prior to the almost-simultaneous start of Civil Registration and Census records in the mid-19th century (1837 and 1841 respectively)….

Keep on Keeping On: Running a Library Department in a Crisis

This week, Antony Ramm, Librarian-Manager for the Local and Family History (LFH) department at Leeds Central Library, explains the steps staff have taken to continue operating a specialist public library department in these unprecedented times… As previously announced on the Secret Library, the Central Library in Leeds shut its doors to staff and the public…

Leeds United: The Birth of the Club

To commemorate the 100th-anniversary of Leeds United Football Club, our Local and Family History Librarians created four pull-up banners telling the club’s story through books and other resources held at the Central Library. These banners have been on display  since October, but are set to be replaced with a new exhibition soon. The Secret Library…

Explore the Sanderson Collection

Leeds Central Library is proud to be home to the Sanderson Collection, a richly-diverse archive of clothing history, featuring a variety of rare printed materials concerning vintage fashion, including illustrations, photographs, magazines, books and ephemera – all collected by Kenneth Sanderson, born in Rothwell in 1896.  A permanent page exploring the collection can be found…

The Maurice Rosenbaum Letters: A Leeds Connection

This week, we welcome University of Leeds students Amy Clayton and Lucy Slater as guest authors. Amy and Lucy have been investigating a new addition to the Central Library collections – the letters of Maurice Rosenbaum – over the last few months. Here, they explain who Maurice was and his connection to Leeds and Yorkshire. …

Working-Class Women in Early Twentieth Century Leeds

On Wednesday the 11th March we have a talk on ‘Working-Class Women’s Autobiographies and the History of Everyday Life.’ This talk will be given by Dr Claire Martin, a Lecturer at The University of Leeds. This article will highlight interesting items from the Leeds Libraries Collection that detail the everyday life of working-class women and…