Genealogy News UPDATE


West Yorkshire History Centre

The West Yorkshire Joint Services (covering Archive services in West Yorkshire) has moved its central operations to a new History Centre in Wakefield.

The archival collections held by West Yorkshire Archive Service in Wakefield are an unparalleled record of the history of the West Riding of Yorkshire and its communities from 1194 to the present day. WYAS, Wakefield is the third largest local authority archive in Great Britain comprising over 10 million documents.

Many collections have national significance, among them the unique records of the pioneering Stanley Royd Mental Health Hospital, recently awarded international status as part of the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.

Other major collections that are cared for at the centre are the unparalleled West Riding Registry of Deeds made up of 12,763 volumes containing 7 million extracts of property transactions from 1704 to 1970, as well as the massive National Coal Board collection of over 2000 boxes relating to collieries and coal miners in Wakefield and the south Leeds areas.

Further information can be found on the website


North Yorkshire county records office

North Yorkshire County Council Record Office at Northallerton is open from Monday to Friday and on the first Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 4.15pm, except for 5th April which is their annual Open Day. Appointments are necessary for Saturday visits Tel 01609 777585.