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Wakefield Metropolitan District 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Unpublished indexes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.wakefield.gov.uk/community/libraries/home.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): WYK, YKS

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (W.B.L.)
Library Headquarters
Local Studies Department
Balne Lane
West Yorkshire
Tel: 01924 302224
Fax: 01924 302245
[email protected]

NB The abbreviations following the name of each library (eg see W.B.L. above) are used throughout this entry to indicate where materials are located.

Opening hours:

Monday: 10.00-19.00
Tuesday: 10.00-17.00
Wednesday: 10.00-19.00
Thursday: 10.00-19.00
Friday: 10.00-19.00
Saturday: 09.00-13.00

Other Libraries:

Castleford Public Library (CAS.P.L.)
Carlton Street
WF10 1BB
West Yorkshire
Tel: 01977 722085
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours
Monday: 09.30-17.00
Tuesday: 09.30-18700
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 09.30-17.00
Friday: 09.30-17.00
Saturday: 09.30-17.00

Pontefract Public Library (PONTE P.L.)
West Yorkshire
Tel: 01977 727692
Fax: 01977 727688
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours
Monday: 09.30-19.00
Tuesday: 09.30-19.00
Wednesday: 09.30-19.00
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 09.30-19.00
Saturday: 09.30-16.30

3. Research Service

Service available? Very limited

Fee-based? Costs recouped

Provided by local Record Office?
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

GRO Index 1837-1920 (1921-40 on order Jan 05) on microfiche (W.B.L.)

5. Census returns

Yorkshire 1841-1901 on CD-ROM (W.B.L and PONTE P. L.)
Wakefield District on microfilm (W.B.L.)
Castleford area 1841-1901 on microfilm/fiche (CAS P.L.)
Pontefract area 1841-1901 on microfiche/film (PONTE.P.L.)
1881 National Census on CD-ROM (W.B.L., PONTE.P.L., CAS.P.L)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

1822-1936 West, North and East Ridings of Yorkshire (W.B.L.)
1822-1936 Wakefield Metropolitan District (CAS P.L. & PONTE P.L.) area (excerpts)
Wakefield and District Trade Directory 1991, 1992, 1993 (CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Wakefield and District Trade Directory 1991to date (W.B.L.)
Thomson Local Directory - Wakefield
1985 to date (W.B.L.)
1992 to date (CAS P.L.)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Odd volumes only:
Bradford, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Rotherham, Harrogate etc. (W.B.L.)

6(c) Telephone Directories

Wakefield 1950s - (Leeds included in earlier editions) (W.B.L.)
Leeds Yellow Pages 1986 - (PONTE P.L.)
Leeds 1987, 1988 Alphabetical (PONTE P.L.)
Wakefield 1987, 1988, 1990- (PONTE P.L.)
Wakefield/Leeds and surrounding areas 1995- (CAS P.L.)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1836- Wakefield Borough (W.B.L.)
1848 c.1914 Wakefield Burgess Rolls (W.B.L.)
1963- Castleford (incomplete) (CAS P.L.)
1978-1981 Pontefract (PONTE P.L.)
1983 Pontefract (PONTE P.L.)
1982-1992 Knottingley (PONTE P.L.)
1976-1979 Darrington (PONTE P.L.)
1981-1984 Darrington (PONTE P.L.)
1982-1984 East Hardwick (PONTE P.L.)
1974-1991 Featherstone (PONTE P.L.)

7(b) Poll Books

1741 Wakefield (W.B.L.)
1807-1865 Wakefield (W.B.L.)

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 England: microfiche (W.B.L. & CAS P.L.)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Subject Index WMDC area (W.B.L.)
Name Index WMDC area covering 1900-1913, c.1847-1856, 1877 (W.B.L.)
Name and Subject Index - Wakefield Express 1950- (W.B.L.)
Subject/Name Index Castleford District (CAS P.L.)
Subject/Name Index Pontefract District (PONTE P.L.)
Subject/Name index - Pontefract Advertiser 1863-1922 (PONTE P.L.)

10. Parish Registers

Wakefield Metropolitan District church and chapel registers on microfiche (W.B.L.)
Castleford area on microfiche (CAS P.L.)
Pontefract area on microfiche (PONTE P.L.)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bradford Antiquary c.1890-1960s (W.B.L.)
The Bridge (W.B.L.)
Dalesman (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Family Tree Magazine (W.B.L.)
Featherstone Chronicle (CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Northern History (W.B.L)
Kippax Chronicle (CAS P.L. Yorkshire Archaeological Society
Yorkshire History Quarterly (W.B.L)
Yorkshire Journal (W.B.L)
Yorkshire Life (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Yorkshire Ridings (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Yorkshire Archaeological Society Journal (W.B.L. CAS P.L. PONTE P.L.)
The Wakefield Kinsman (W.B.L.)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Surtees Society Publications (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Thoresby Society Publications (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
(These include lists, transcripts, wills, deeds, court rooms, marriage licences etc)

13. Other material

Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1919 (W.B.L., PONTE P.L., CAS P.L.)
Pedigrees (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Visitations (W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L.)
Hearth Tax - West Riding 1672 (W.B.L.)
Monumental inscriptions - Wakefield (W.B.L.)
Wakefield Corporation Minutes 1888-1974 (W.B.L.)
Castleford U.D.C./Borough Council Minutes 1928-1974 (CAS P.L.)
Pontefract Borough Council Minutes 1653-1726, 1835-1854, 1875-1974 (PONTE P.L.)
Castleford soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1919. Database (CAS P.L.)
Mining Deaths in G.B. 1850-1914 (W.B.L & CAS P.L.)
Army Roll of Honour World War 2 CD-ROM (W.B.L., PONTE P.L.)
PONTE P.L. to Mining Deaths in G.B. 1850-1914

14. Guides to Collections

Free introductory leaflet "Local Studies in the Wakefield District"
Free leaflets listing poll books/electoral registers; trade directories; newspapers
Free "Investigating the Past" leaflet outlines collections at Wakefield Libraries, Museums and West Yorkshire Archive Service

Other information
Some family history also held at:

Ossett Library
Station Rd
Tel: 01924 -303040
[email protected]

Opening hours
Monday: 10.00-7.00
Tuesday: 10.00-5.00
Wednesday: 10.00-7.00
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10.00-7.00
Saturday: 10.00-1.00

South Elmsall Library
Barnsley Road
South Elmsall
Tel: 01977 723220
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours
Monday: 10.00-1.00 2.00-7.00
Tuesday: 10.00-1.00 2.00-5.00
Wednesday: 10.00-1.00 2.00-7.00
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10.00-1.00 2.00-5.00
Saturday: 9.00-1.00 2.00-4.00

Local collections at Wakefield, Pontefract, Castleford, Ossett and South Elmsall also include books, maps, photographs, theses, newspapers (including cuttings files)
Special collections include Henry Moore, the secret ballot of 1872, theatre collections and the liquorice industry
Twixt Aire and Calder photographic website contains 10,000 images of the Wakefield District: www.twixtaireandcalder.org.uk

15. Local Record Offices

West Yorkshire Archives Service HQ
Registry of Deeds
Newstead Road
Tel: 01924 305980
Fax: 01924 201651
[email protected]

Other information

Local collections held at W.B.L., CAS P.L., PONTE P.L. also include
books, maps, photographs, newspapers (including family albums, cuttings), theses etc.