African-Caribbean Family History

This week on the Secret Library blog, Librarian Antony Ramm lays out the process for anyone beginning research their African-Caribbean (and African) ancestry. This article is part of our series on Family History. You can read more in our research guide – and keep an eye out for upcoming, online African-Caribbean Family History workshops… Tracing…

Local History Quiz #8: Maps and Prospects of Leeds

This week’s local history quiz is on the Maps and Prospects of Leeds, set by Librarian Antony Ramm. As usual, most of the answers can be found somewhere on the Secret Library blog… What year is the very first (known) map of Leeds from? (above) a. 1560 b. 1207 c. 1626 2. Which local boy…

Maps for Family History

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, Librarian Antony Ramm explores the local map collection at Leeds Central Library and online, briefly showing how they can be used to support genealogical research… As well as being seriously fascinating in their own right, maps are one of the most important of what we…

Local History Quiz #4: Modern Leeds

This week’s local history quiz has been put together by Librarian Antony Ramm and focuses on people, places and events connected to Leeds during the last 50-years or so. In contrast to most of our other quizzes, you probably won’t find many clues elsewhere on this site – but you may well find some with…

Parish Registers – An Introduction

Ancestry is now free for Leeds library members to access from home. To join Leeds Libraries and access Ancestry, as well as all our digital resources and ebooks, please follow this link. If you do not already have a Leeds Libraries card, please visit our catalogue and select register for online resources; we will then…

Local History Quiz #1: The Histories of Leeds

This week we’re starting a new series: local history quizzes! First up, Antony Ramm, Librarian-Manager for the Local and Family History department poses 20 questions about Leeds history books over the last 300-years, starting with an old friend…(you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom of the page) An easy (ish) one to…

The First Leeds Panto?

To mark the forthcoming Christmas week, Librarian Antony Ramm offers a short investigation into the first pantomime performed in Leeds… In 1986 a reader of the Yorkshire Evening Post asked a simple question: What “records” were consulted for this answer is not made clear, but a previous article on the history of pantomime in Leeds…

A Brief History of the Leeds Improvement Acts: 1755 – 1842

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm brings you a brief history of the Leeds Improvement Acts. This content was used as part of a talk given in conjunction with colleagues from the Leeds Museums and Galleries service, on November 7 2019.  The Improvement Acts were a series of private Acts of Parliament passed in the 18th…