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There are over 5.3 million records of baptisms in Anglican parishes across the three historic Yorkshire counties, as well as records from some Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist parishes. This record set brings together parish records held in nine separate Yorkshire archives and family history societies in a comprehensive collection of parish records for the whole county.
Yorkshire, in north England, is the largest British county. The area has a rich history, having been inhabited since Neolithic times. The Celtic Brigantes and Parisi tribes ruled most of the North and West Ridings. Historically Yorkshire was divided into the three Ridings. The word “riding” comes from the old Danish “Threthingr” meaning a third. The three ridings were called North Riding, West Riding and East Riding.
Yorkshire prospered during the Industrial Revolution with towns like Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford becoming major manufacturing centres. There are also outstanding rural areas including the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.
The East and North Ridings were separated by the River Derwent and the West and the North by the Ouse and the Ure/Nidd watershed. The historic Ridings were abolished in 1974.
Parish records became mandatory for the Church of England in 1537. Most start the following year. Until 1774 baptisms, marriages and burials were all recorded in a single volume. Standardised forms for these registers were introduced in 1812.
The Church of England parish often registered life events for other religious denominations. It was actually illegal to marry anywhere else between 1754 and 1837. However the Quakers and Jews were not covered by this legislation and could keep their own records.
Borthwick records are from records in the custody of the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.
Doncaster records reproduced with permission from Doncaster Borough Council.
East Riding records reproduced with the permission of The East Riding Archives & Local Studies Service, East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
North Yorkshire images copyright North Yorkshire County Record Office.
Rotherham area transcripts reproduced with permission from Rotherham Family History Society.
Sheffield records reproduced with permission from Sheffield City Council Libraries Archives and Information Services.
Teesside records reproduced with permission from Teeside Archives
Ripponden transcripts have been created by the Calderdale Family History Society.
There are also records available from Cleveland Family History Society and Doncaster Family History Society.