Two Yorkshire Family History Organisations have Merged

If you are researching ancestors in England, you might want to know the Wharfedale Family History Group and Keighley Family History Society, both of which have been in existence since the early 1980s, are now known as the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society.

With three branches, Burley in Wharfedale, Keighley and Threshfield, the society is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry.

The new society will take in Wharfedale, Airedale, the Forest of Bowland and all towns and villages to the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Details may be found in an article in the Ilkey Gazette at


Dear Dick Eastman: My maternal Cooper Family came from Christ Church, Upper Armley, Yorkshire. I’m trying to research on if a Mary Keighley, born abt. 1790 might have married a John Cooper in early 1800’s? Their son Seth Cooper 1822 – 1883; then his son is my maternal great grandfather John Cooper 1850 – 1934 who was Verger for Christ Church, Upper Armley. When I saw your sight, I wondered if there was a family connection? Regards, Fran Pietrzykowski, BC, Canada


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