Bradford, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Bradford, Yorkshire
Bradford Yorkshire City Hall.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Morley
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Bradford
Registration District Bradford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1837
Bishop's Transcripts: 1848
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

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

Here is a comprehensive List of Churches and Chapels within Bradford St Peter Parish Boundary.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BRADFORD (St. Peter), a borough, market-town, and parish [with several chapelries and ancient chapels attached to it], a registration district and the head of a union, in the wapentake of Morley, West Riding, Yorkshire. It comprises the townships of Allerton, North Bierley, Bowling, Bradford, Clayton, Eccleshill, Heaton, Manningham, Shipley, and Wilsden, and the chapelries of Haworth, Horton, and Thornton. The churches dedicated to St. James and St. John are listed under Horton, St. Jude's church is listed under the township of Manningham. There are other churches that have been erected at Bradford. They are listed under the heading, Church Records below.

Coat of arms of Bradford, Yorkshire
Bradford location in England
Bradford Yorkshire flag

Bradford is in the Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, in the foothills of the Pennines 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.

Bradford is not built on any substantial body of water but is situated at the junction of three valleys, one of them, that of the Bradford Beck which rises in moorland to the west, and is swelled by its tributaries, the Horton Beck, Westbrook, Bowling Beck and Eastbrook. At the site of the original ford, the beck turns north, and flows towards the River Aire at Shipley. Bradfordale (or Bradforddale) is a name given to this valley (see for example Firth 1997). It can be regarded as one of the Yorkshire Dales, though as it passes though the city, it is often not recognized as such.

After an uprising in 1070, during William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North, the manor of Bradford was laid waste and is described as such in the Domesday Book of 1086. It then became part of the Honour of Pontefract given to Ilbert de Lacy for service to the Conqueror, in whose family the manor remained until 1311. There is evidence of a castle in the time of the Lacys. The manor then passed to the Earl of Lincoln, John of Gaunt, The Crown and, ultimately, private ownership in 1620.

By the middle ages Bradford, had become a small town centered on Kirkgate, Westgate and Ivegate. In the reign of Henry VIII Bradford exceeded Leeds as a manufacturing center. Bradford grew slowly over the next two-hundred years as the woolen trade gained in prominence.

In 1801, Bradford was a rural market town of 6,393 people. Blast furnaces were established in about 1788. Yorkshire iron was used for shackles, hooks and piston rods for locomotives, colliery cages and other mining appliances where toughness was required, and this allowed Bradford to start growing to an industrial entity.

In the early 1800s, Bradford, was a "a market and parish-town, in Morley-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Pontefract; 6 miles from Bingley, 8 from Halifax, 10 from Leeds, Keighley, and Otley, 14 from Huddersfield, 15 from Wakefield, 34 from York, 196 from London."[1]

Bradford was also a center for the local wool industry. In 1825 the wool-combers union called a strike that lasted five-months but workers were forced to return to work through hardship leading to the introduction of machine-combing. This Industrial Revolution led to rapid growth, with wool imported in vast quantities for the manufacture of worsted cloth in which Bradford specialized, and the town soon became known as the wool capital of the world. Bradford had ample supplies of locally mined coal to provide the power that the industry needed.

One unique aspect of the development of Bradford as a source of woolen goods was the fact that during the 1820s and 1830s, there was immigration from Germany. Many were Jewish merchants and they became active in the life of the town. They were a major influence in developing the marketing skills that allowed Bradford to export to the world.

The textile industry went into decline throughout the latter part of the 20th century. However a culture of innovation had been fundamental to Bradford's dominance, with new textile technologies being invented in the city; a prime example being the work of Samuel Lister. This innovation culture continues today throughout Bradford's economy, from automotive design centers (Kahn Design), to electronics (Pace Micro Technology)to Food Supermarket development such as Wm Morrison Supermarkets which was founded by William Morrison in 1899, initially as an egg and butter merchant in Rawson Market, operating under the name of Wm Morrison (Provisions) Limited. Morrisons is now a major UK chain of Supermarkets. Morrisons alone employs more than 5,000 persons in the community. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

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Cemeteries (Civil)[edit | edit source]

  • Bradford Office, Cemeteries and Crematoria
    Unit 7, Mitre Court
    Cutler Heights Lane
    Bradford BD4 9JY
    Bradford UK Gov; Cemeteries
  • Scholemoor Cemetery & Crematoria
  • Cemetery Lodge
    Necropolis Road
    Bradford BD7 2PS.
  • Bowling Cemetery
    64 Sangster Way
    Bradford BD5 8LQ
  • North Brierley Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    North Brierley, Bradford BD6 2NG
  • Thornton Cemetery
    Thornton Road
    Thornton, Bradford BD13 3JX
  • Queensbury Cemetery
    West End
    Queensbury, Bradford BD13 2AH
  • Clayton (Undercliffe) Cemetery
  • The Lodge
    Undercliffe Lane
    Bradford BD3 0DW
  • Tong Cemetery
    Toftshaw Lane
    Bradford BD46RB

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Bradford Online Parish Records
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FamilySearch Collections-Yorkshire
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Yorkshire
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
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FreeREG
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Find My Past-Yorkshire ($)
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Find My Past Bishop's Transcripts-Yorkshire ($)
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Find My Past Banns-Yorkshire ($)
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Ancestry Church of England (Early)-West Riding ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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Other Websites These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

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.


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.

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths:

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Bradford's textile industry has been in decline for many years and the city has suffered from de-industrialisation. Some areas of Bradford are among the worst levels of social deprivation in the UK, with widespread pockets of exclusion, and rates of unemployment in some wards exceeding 25%.

However the city council has made great strides in diversification, and the city is home to several major companies, notably in finance (Yorkshire Building Society, Provident Financial, Santander UK), textiles ( British Wool Marketing Board, Bulmer and Lumb Group), chemicals (BASF, Nufarm UK), electronics (Pace Micro, Filtronic), engineering (NG Bailey, Powell Switchgear), and manufacturing, (Denso Marston, Bailey Offsite, Hallmark Cards UK and Seabrook Potato Crisps). Supermarket chain Morrisons has its head office in Bradford as does the water utility company Yorkshire Water.

Bradford also has opportunities for employment in the education field, particularly with the growth of the University of Bradford.

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.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

West Yorkshire Archive Service:

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. GENUKI. "Bradford." www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/WRY/Bradford. Accessed 14 August 2018.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bradford," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradford, accessed 15 July, 2017.