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Horsforth, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Guide to Horsforth, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Horsforth, Yorkshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Skyrack
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Carlton Gilbert Union
Registration District Hunslet
Records begin
Parish registers: 1693
Bishop's Transcripts: 1813
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Pontefract
Diocese Pre-1836 - York; Post-1835 - Ripon
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HORSFORTH, a chapelry, in the parish of Guisley, Upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, W. riding of York, 5 miles (N. W.) from Leeds; containing 4188 inhabitants. There are places of worship for Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Methodists of the New Connexion. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Online data content from chapelry registers of Horsforth exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS =
HORSFORTH CHAPELRY (1620) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1686-1812 1686-1812 1686-1812 1686-1812 1686-1812 1686-1812
FREG 1620-1656
FS 1620-1835



For a full list of all those chapels comprising the whole ancient parish of Guiseley to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the GUISELEY PARISH page.

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813.

Church Graveyards[edit | edit source]

A graveyard plan for St. James Church, Horsforth. The graveyard plan This plan of St. James Church's graveyard is of high-resolution, whereby if magnified in a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, the individual names on the grave plots can be read easily. This is the location of St. James Church, Horsforth.

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

A 1795 Census for Horsforth provides a basis for family name searching for this period. An microfilm reference is given on the resulting Webpage.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]


Leeds Cemetaries - including Horsforth Cemetary

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 553-557. Date accessed: 6 December 2013.
  2. 'West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812,' Ancestry, accessed 10 May 2014.
  3. 'Yorkshire West Riding,' FreeREG, accessed 22 October 2014.