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Leeds City 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Unpublished indexes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.leeds.gov.uk/library/services/locnfam.html
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): YKS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Library
Central Library
Municipal Buildings
Tel: 0113 247 8290
Fax: 0113 247 8290
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-2000
Tuesday: 0900-2000
Wednesday: 0900-2000
Thursday: 0930-1730
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 1000-1700
Sunday: 1200-1600

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? First 20 mins free, then �5 per half hour for people inside Leeds Metropolitan District, �10 per half hour if living outside Leeds Met. district

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Indexes for England and Wales, 1837-2000, held on 16mm microfilm. indexes 1980-2000 on microfiche

Unpublished indexes - card indexes still n use, but are in the process of being digitised. The Athena Database will be available later in the year on the Internet at

5. Census returns

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 for Yorkshire on microfilm

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Extensive holdings from 1793 of Yorkshire, its West, North and East ridings, the West Yorkshire clothing district and Yorkshire towns and cities other than Leeds

6(b) City and Town Directories

Directories of Leeds (about 200) from 1781 onwards

6(c) Telephone Directories

Leeds 1930s to date (incomplete)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Leeds, 1832 to date. Some gaps in earlier years, and the registers were not compiled in the war years.
Pudsey, 1935-1972, and Morley, 1938-1973 (both boroughs became part of Leeds Metropolitan District and were included in the Leeds registers from 1974)

7(b) Poll Books

Leeds, 1832, 1835, 1837, 1841, 1847, 1852, 1857, 1859, 1865, 1868
County of York, 1741
County of York, Poll for Knights of the Shire, 1807
West Riding, 1835, 1837, 1841, 1848, 1859, 1865

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

United Kingdom and Ireland, 1988 and 1992 editions on microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Card index compiled by Library staff of items of local historical interest, including obituaries and biographical articles on local people, in Leeds newspapers and some Yorkshire periodicals. Coverage is incomplete and dates from the 1950s onwards, but the index includes references to some volumes of newscuttings of Leeds obituaries and items on local people, from c.1890 to 1920, and to individual entries in printed pedigrees of Yorkshire families.

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 Archaeological Society) and the Thoresby Society. Microfilms and microfiches include some original registers and bishop's transcripts at the Leeds office of the West Yorkshire Archives Service, the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research at York, and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.
Microfilm copies of the non-parochial and Quaker registers for Yorkshire held in the Public Record Office.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

The Banyantree (journal of the East Yorkshire Family History Society). No. 8 1980/1 to 1998
Barnsley Family History Society Journal. Vol. 1 1993 to date
City of York & District Family History Society Newsletter (from 1996, The Journal). No. 1 1980 to date
Family History News and Digest. Vol. 1 1977 to date
Family Tree. Vol. 3 no. 3 1987 to date
Genealogists' Magazine. Vol. 9 1940 to date
Huddersfield and District Family History Society Journal. Vol. 1 1987 to date
Northern Genealogist. 1895-1903
Ripon Historian (Journal of the Ripon Historical Society and Ripon, Harrogate and District Family History Group). Vol. 1 1988 to date
Sheffield and District Family History Society: The Flowing Stream. Vol. 1 1977 to date
Wharfedale Family History Group Newsletter. Vol. 1 1973 to date
Yorkshire Archaeological Society Family History and Population Studies Section Newsletter (from 1985, The Yorkshire Family Historian). Vol. 1 1973 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series
Thoresby Society Publications

13. Other material

Indexes of burials at Beckett Street, Hunslet and Woodhouse (Leeds General) cemeteries, with microfiche of the Beckett Street burial records
Microfiche copy of the Mormon name index to the 1881 Census returns for Yorkshire
Printed name indexes to many Yorkshire towns and villages in census returns, chiefly 1851; a typescript index of the Library's holdings of indexes is continually updated.
Index to the Archbishop of York's Marriage Bonds and Allegations to 1839
Name index to the Leeds Absent Voters' List, 1914/18 war
Extensive collection of general material on the subject of genealogy, including 'how 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

14. Guides to Collections

A guide to the library and it's collections can be seen on http://www.leeds.gov.uk

15. Local Record Offices

West Yorkshire Archives Service
Newstead Road
Tel: 01924 305980
Fax: 01924 305983
[email protected]

Leeds Office
Chapeltown Road
Tel: 0113 2628339
Fax: 0113 2624707

Yorkshire Archaeological Society Archives
23 Clarendon Road
Tel: 0113 2456362
Fax: 0113 2441979

Other information

Booking service available for both GRO and census returns microfilm readers. You are advised to book in advance if travelling from outside Leeds.