The Glory of Goad Maps

In the blog this week, Librarian Helen Skilbeck looks at some beautiful but underused maps in our collection – Goad maps. This piece forms part of our series of articles exploring resources relevant to family history research.  In the Local and Family History Library there are hundreds of maps – maps of Leeds, maps of…

Family History Resources: Military Records

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Local and Family History’s Josh Flint, who will be exploring the incredibly useful family history resource, military service records. This article will explore what military service records are, how to access them and how they can be useful for your own family history research. Military personnel records…

Family History Resources: Online Newspaper Databases

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, Local and Family History’s Josh Flint takes an in-depth look at one of the most useful resources for your family history research: online newspapers databases. This article will discuss how Leeds Libraries members can use multiple newspaper databases online and then show in detail how to…

Census Records on Ancestry

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…

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!

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, librarian Helen Skilbeck takes an in-depth look at using our core genealogy subscription website, Ancestry.com… 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…

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…

The Story of Hey’s Brewery Women’s Football Team in 1921

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Josh Flint on the tumultuous year that Hey’s Brewery Women’s Football team had in 1921. 1921 was a fascinating year for Women’s Football and Hey’s Brewery Women’s Football team encapsulated this, as they spent most of the year playing in front of enormous crowds and ended…