Keighley, Yorkshire Genealogy

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England Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire, England Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Parishes K-R Gotoarrow.png West Riding Gotoarrow.png Keighley

Parish History[edit | edit source]

KEIGHLEY (St. Andrew), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York, 44 miles (W. by S.) from York, and 210 (N. N. W.) from London; containing 13,413 inhabitants.  The church, an ancient structure modernised in 1710, was rebuilt in 1807, and again very recently. A church, dedicated to St. John, was erected in 1841. Two Church districts, named respectively Eastwood and Oakworth, were formed in 1844, and endowed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The church for the latter district, called Christ Church, was consecrated in November, 1846, and is in the style prevailing in the 12th century; the sittings are all free.  There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Primitive Methodists, Swedenborgians, and Wesleyans, and a Roman Catholic chapel.[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 Keighley, Yorkshire Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
1562-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
Indexes 1562-1736 Joiner[3]

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 of England records began in 1662 (St. Andrew), 1882 (St. Peter), 1964 (St. Michael).

Contributor: Include here information for parish records, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Web sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 640-643. URL:
  2. West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1512-1812 at Ancestry (£). Described as Keighley. Partially indexed.
  3. 'Search Marriage Records in West Riding of Yorkshire,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 2 October 2012.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.