West Yorkshire Records Added to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:

Halifax and Brighouse – first of the Calderdale cemeteries now on Deceased Online

Over the next few weeks, all records for seven cemeteries and the crematorium managed by Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire, will be added to www.deceasedonline.com.

Immediately available are records for two historic sites in the region, Brighouse Cemetery and Lister Lane (aka Halifax General) Cemetery in Halifax. This first batch of records dates back to 1842 and features some excellent register scans that include fascinating personal and social history, which will be very useful for family history hunters.

The fields recorded in these registers include not just full names, ages and other burial information but also the “rank, trade or profession” and, in many instances, the names of the parents.

Above: extract from an 1846 register for Halifax General Cemetery

As well as digital scans of registers, the records available on Deceased Online also include grave details, indicating all those buried in each grave. There are also section maps for Brighouse Cemetery indicating the section of the cemetery where each grave is located.

The Calderdale area – recently seen as the setting for the critically-acclaimed BBC drama series Happy Valley – has strong links with the industrial revolution and, in particular, the cotton and textiles industry with numerous mills throughout the region. Emma Jolly’s latest blog explores this in some detail and looks at the tough conditions endured by many textile workers in the mid 19th century.

Other West Yorkshire records available on Deceased Online include The National Archives collection for many sites across West Yorkshire and Wakefield Metropolitan Council.

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