Family History

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This page collects together all our family history articles and resources – click a link below to access a particular item. Contact our Local and Family History team to find out more about beginning or continuing your own family history research! 

CORE RESOURCES
Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) Indexes
Burial Records
Census Records
Parish Registers

FAMILY HISTORY CASE STUDIES
Mining Genealogy Gold – A Hidden Gem in Leeds Central Library
Your Family History #1: Throstle Nest, Wortley

FAMILY TREE RESOURCES
Tribal Pages (Free family tree-maker website)
Worksheet to aid collection of an individual’s details
Worksheet to aid collection of a family’s details

HINTS AND TIPS (start here, then move to CORE RESOURCES)
Introduction to using Ancestry.com
Top Tips for Family Trees

OTHER RESOURCES
African-Caribbean Family History
Crime and Punishment records on Ancestry
Genealogy Toolbox (external website)
Goad Maps
Irish Family History
Maps
Military Records
Online Newspapers
Pre-1841 Sources for Leeds residents
Trade Directories
Visitations and Pedigrees

USEFUL GUIDES 
African-Caribbean Family History
Ancestry
Birth, Marriage and Death
Burial Records
Census Records
House Histories
Irish Family Histories 
Local and Family History (introduction to the Central Library department)
Maps of Leeds
Military Family History
Online Resources for Family History
Parish Registers
Scottish Family History (external link)
Useful Information for Family Historians (e.g. important dates)
Welsh Family History (external link)
Wills and Divorces
World War I Family History
Your Family Archive (tips for creating a permanent archive of your family history – see also the Case Studies section above)