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Bradford, City of, Metropolitan Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/council/libraries/frames.html
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): YKS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Library
6th Floor
Bradford Central Library
Princes Way
Tel: 01274 753661
Fax: 01274 753660
Local Studies Library

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 9am-7.30pm
Sat : 9am -5pm

Other Libraries:

BD17 6ND
Tel: 01274 581425
email:Baildon Library
Contact: Keith Conway/Martin Phelps

Opening Hours:
Mon 10am-7pm
Wed-Fri 10am-5.30pm
Sat 9.30am-12pm
Geographical Area covered: Baildon

Myrtle Walk
BD16 1AW
Tel: 01274 438780
email:Bingley Library
Contact: Kate Clarke, Mary Hatcher

Opening Hours:
Mon 9.30am-7pm
Wed-Fri 9am-7pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Geographical Area covered: Old Bingley District

Bolton Road
Tel: 01274 431544
Fax: 01274 426667
email:Eccleshill Library
Contact: David Croft. Ass't Area Librarian

Opening Hours:
Mon,Tues,Thur,Fri 9am-7pm
Wed 9.30am-12.30pm
Sat 9.30am-5pm
Geographical Area covered: Eccleshill, Bolton, Undercliffe, Idle, Wrose

Station Road
LS29 8HA
Tel: 01943 436255
Fax: 01943 603795
email:Ilkley Library

Opening Hours:
Mon,Tues,Thur,Fri 9.30am-7pm
Sat 9.30am-5pm
Geographocal Area covered: Ilkley and surrounding area

North Street
BD21 3SX
Tel: 01535 618215
Fax: 01535 618214
email: Keighley Library
Contact: Pauline Barfield, Reference Librarian

Opening Hours:
Mon,Wed 9am-7pm
Tue 9am-1pm
Thur 9.30am-7pm
Fri,Sat 9am-5pm
Geographical Area covered: Keighly and District inc. Haworth, Steeton and Silsden

2 Wellcroft
BD18 3QH
Tel: 01274 437153
Fax: 01274 530247
email:Shipley Library
Contact: Keith Conway/Jackie Kitwood

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Geographocal Area covered: Shipley and Saltaire

3. Research Service

Service available? Limited. A list of local researchers is available

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office?

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations None Held

5. Census returns

Bradford Metropolitan District 1841-1901 (not Keighley 1841-71)
1881 National Census on CD-ROM

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

West Riding Trade directories from 1822
Yorkshire Trade directories from 1822
Yorkshire Textile directories - various dates

6(b) City and Town Directories

Bradford Trade directories 1792 (Bradford section of Universal British)
Bradford Trade directories from 1845 - first Bradford Directory

6(c) Telephone Directories

Bradford Telephone directory 1935 - to date (classified - yellow pages)
Bradford Telephone directory 1951 - to date (classified -white pages)
Thomson Directories 1981 - to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Bradford Burgess Rolls and electors lists (all areas within Bradford Council Admin) 1848 - to date

7(b) Poll Books

Bradford Poll Books 1835, 1836, 1837, 1841, 1842, 1846, 1847, 1852, 1859, 1867, 1868, 1869,
Thronton Poll Book 1867
York Poll Book 1734
Yorkshire Poll Books 1741, 1807
West Riding Poll Books 1835, 1837, 1841, 1848

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Available on microfiche
and at:

9. Unpublished Indexes

Bradford and Wakefield Chronicle - Deaths 1825-26
Bradford Observer - births, marriages, deaths, obtuaries, funerals, inquests, wills, Bradford area. 1834-1907 (ongoing)

Bradford Observer- A full index is currently being compiled by volunteers. Includes adverts, sales, reports of meetings, new building and covered etc. At present, years covered are 1834-1839

Our Gallant Heroes 1915-1918 - Local people reported killed in action taken prisoner , wounded etc. Taken from Bradford Weekly Telegraph.

Cuttings Files

Local celebrities - began in 1920's . Includes cuttings Bradford Observer, Ttelegraph and Argus and Yorkshire Post. Bradford County Borough area until 1974, then Bradford Metropolitan District, including Ilklcy and Keighley.

Subject Files - Self indexing, arranged by subject, e.g. textile firms, shops and businesses, schools, churches and chapels.

10. Parish Registers

No original registers held. Printed transcripts of Yorkshire parish registers include all the publications of the Yorkshire Parish Register Society (now the Parish Register Series of the Yorkshire Archaelogical Society) and the Thoresby Society. Microfilms and microfiche include some original registers and bishop's transcripts at the Bradford office of the West Yorkshire Archives Service and the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research at York. Microfilm copies of the non-parochial and Quaker registers for Yorkshire held in the Public Record Office.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Most national genealogy magazines are taken, as well as the Bodkin (the magazine of the Bradford Family History Society) and Yorhshire Archaelogical Soceity Family History and Population Studies Section Newsletter (from 1985, The Yorkshire Family Historian). Vol 1 1973 to date.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society Record Series
Bradford Antiquary
Yorkshire Archaelogical Society Record Series
Thoresby Society Publications

13. Other material

Copies of tombstone and monumental inscriptions, covering about 120 churches, chapels, graveyards and cemeteries in the Bradford
area, were made by Arthur Blackburn c 1930 and are available on microfilm. There is a growing collection of transcripts of other local churches.

Index to the Archbishop of York's Marriage Bonds and Allegations to 1839.

Extensive collection of general material on the subject of genealogy including "Wow to do it" manuals and guides to specific types of records. The Library's collection covers local history as well as family history, and many of the items in the local collection are helpful if not directly related; for example, the large collections of historic maps and of photographs are heavily used by family historians.

These is a free access to the Internet in the Local Studies Library and there is also public access to several useful CD-ROM's such as 1881 census and the Soldiers Died in the Great War.

14. Guides to Collections

There are several free leaflets and guidance notes available on various topics e.g. Tracing Your Family Tree.

15. Local Record Offices

West Yorkshire Archive Service
Newstead Road
Tel: 01924 305980
Fax: 01924 305983

Bradford Office
15 Canal Road,
Bradford BD1 4AT
Tel: +44 (0)1274 731931
Fax: +44 (0)1274 734013


Other information

For a full list of Bradford Libraries' Local Studies holdings, please visit:http://www.bradford.gov.uk/council/libraries/local_studies/frames.html