Morley & District Family History Group
in West Yorkshire was formed in 1986
and is a member of The Federation of Family History Societies
We are a small and friendly group
whose aims are to promote and encourage mutual help between like-minded people -
who are interested in their ancestors, who they were, what they did and what
their lives may have been like. Whether your ancestors were Morley born and
bred, just passing through, or never went near the place, you, yourself, are
assured of a helpful and friendly YORKSHIRE welcome.
Morley & District fhg has its own Rootsweb mailing list.
is open to members and non-members alike, who have an interest in the
To join simply send the word subscribe to
(please send no message with your
When you wish to send a message to the list
with a heading that conveys the subject of
- The group also has its own messageboard where
you can family history
request. You will have to register but that
is FREE and as long as you complete your email address so that you can
receive a password, that is enough. This board is open to members an non-members alike, but keep your request to places within our area or people who have a connection to Morley.
- Although our group covers a relatively small area, compared to other
groups, we have a growing collection of transcripts
for sale thanks to our small but diligent project team, and can offer over
100 booklets as research aids.
- In the latter part of the 1990's Morley & District Family
History Group collaborated with Morley Historical Society and the Library
Services to put on a 3 day exhibition in Morley Library, giving the young and
old, the 'Morleyites' and the newcomers an incite into Morleys' past.
- The names on the 1851 census for Gildersome were transcribed by a member many years ago, but only recently put on the website.
- Morley Weslyan Chapel baptisms as transcribed by Kevin Scarth
- The group over the year attend Family History Fairs and there you will be
able to meet some of the Committee and members of our group, you will also be
able to purchase booklets and fiche as well as chat to the volunteers who are
manning the stand.
- Micro film readers and computers are made available at most meetings when
members and visitors can make use of the IGI and a full range of CD's.
Our library is also available for use at meetings
and there are always members in attendance who have first-hand knowledge of
the area. There is also a programme of speakers. Speakers in the past
have included John Goodchild, Kate Taylor, David Bosomworth, R.V.M., Nicola
Dawn, John Gilligham, M.B.E., Susan Deal, Prof. Tony Jowitt, Mr & Mrs Minter
and last but not least Ann Batchelor.
- To join our group and receive our quarterly
publication the 'Cameo' follow the link where you will find information on our
meetings, location, plus membership details and a
printable membership form.
- Other people researching the same
surname - this is only available to members at this time.
- For Morley and the surrounding areas you could also visit www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk or www.genealogyjunction.org.uk where you
will find a vast collection of transcriptions, memorials etc.
- Morley, has for its size, a great number of famous
and infamous characters - some you may be aware of, others you may not!!
- A guide to the parishes that people from the
Morley area may have worshiped in with dates available (if they are known) for
baptisms, marriages and burials.
- Morley Wesleyan Chapel baptisms transcribed by Kevin Scarth and unchecked but still very informative
- Pictures of Woodkirk St Mary's church,
has headstones dating back to the late 1600's where many local family names
can be found. Also a transcription of the War Memorial
- Woodkirk, St Mary's - headstone of James Edwin Baines - New article coming shortly including images
- Pictures of East Ardsley St Michaels also has headstone dating back to the 1600's, including some with preservations order.
war memorial with additional information on individual soldiers.
- Morley Main Colliery Disaster
- names of those killed
- East Ardsley Primary School, former East Ardsley Junion and Infant School.
- A to Z guides are
always good to have at hand whether you are new to family history or not -
there is always something new to learn.
- A full list of
abbreviations to help while reading, researching or compiling your family
- Counties in the UK are abbreviated to a worldwide standard known as the
Chapman County Codes.
- Lord Mayors of Dewsbury 1862 -1993
- An F A Q's section is in the process of being launched, where you will
find pointers to help with your research.
- Online transcripts
for St Pauls, Leeds ; Dewsbury parish ; Also transcripts of
Union Accounts 1886 for East and West Ardsley ; Lofthouse ; Stanley ;
Wrenthorpe + other areas.
- Where did your family worship in the Morley area. Visit this link and you could be surprised !
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