Useful websites for research

There's a vast range of online resources that may help you in your family history search. We have complied a collection of links to the most relevant and popular websites.

Cyndi's List

This site has been on the web for a number of years and is a great place to start. It contains a listing of over 200,000 international family history sites organised alphabetically and cross-referenced.


It contains a listing of links to UK and Ireland genealogy websites.

Wakefield Libraries provides FREE access to at all branches.

Find My Past

Wakefield Libraries provides FREE access to  at all branches.

British 19th Century Newspapers

A wide selection of searchable historic newspapers, You're able to access the website FREE using your Wakefield library card barcode number.

Cenotaphs in the Wakefield area

Extensive list of war memorials in the area with photographs and transcription from the memorial. - government website

This is the government's main website. It can point you in the right direction for government records for your family history research.

Free BMD

Indices of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837-1983.

General Register Office

GRO can often provide guidance and information for ordering birth, marriage and death certificates online.

International Genealogical Index: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints

The huge International Genealogical Index database is fully searchable and free; includes information from censuses and church records.

National Archives

Formerly the Public Record Office. The 1901 census can be searched here. Some limited information is free but you will be charged for most of it.

One Name Studies

This is the study of a particular surname, rather than a family tree. The 'Guild of One Name Studies' is a UK based charity but is open to worldwide members.

Reference and Local Studies material

The Wakefield Libraries reference card search facility. You can use this free service to search for a library reference card at any of our libraries.


The 'oldest and largest free genealogy site'. A lot of information is available here but it is biased towards the US.

Twixt Aire and Calder - Local Photography Archive

A huge searchable online collection of local history photographs, maps and memorabilia from all the towns and villages across the Wakefield District and related areas.

Wakefield Family History Sharing

Contains online versions of local parish registers, trade directories and absent voter's lists

Local Family History Societies

Why struggle with your search. Try contacting local family history society, they may help you with your search or certainly point you in the right direction.

Wakefield district also has a number of active and vibrant local history societies to help you learn more about the history of the local area. These include:

Morley and District Family History Group

Touching on parts of Leeds as well as Wakefield, their main geographical areas of interest are the Morley Township, Churwell, Gildersome, Drighlington, West Ardsley and East Ardsley.

Pontefract and District Family History Society

Includes the towns of Pontefract, Castleford, Knottingley, Ackworth, Birkin, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Kippax, Normanton, Methley, South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Ledsham & Monk Fryston and their hinterlands.

Wakefield and District Family History Society

Founded in 1997 this is the main contact for any Wakefield, Ossett, Horbury area family history related information.

Contact us

Local studies enquiries
01924 305 356