Birth, marriage and death records can help trace your family back through time. You can find the records in several different ways.
The Central Library in Halifax holds a wide range of local newspapers on microfilm. One such paper is the Halifax Guardian, published from December 1832 to April 1921. Over a six year period, library volunteers indexed the birth, marriage and death notices for the entire period of the Halifax Guardian’s existence. Grateful thanks are due to them and also to Calderdale Family History Society www.cfhsweb.com/ who converted their files for the website. The index is now available below for you to make use of, see: (More about the Index [PDF 277KB] .
Note: Births, marriages and deaths during the years of World War One (1914-18) were indexed for another Libraries’ project. This was using the Halifax Weekly Courier, rather than the Halifax Guardian. These records have been re-used for the ‘Guardian’ index. This means that page numbers for 1914-18 relate to the Courier and not the Guardian. The Courier Index is also available, with the newspapers themselves, on our Weaver to Web site, see: World War One newspapers .
The Halifax Guardian index is arranged alphabetically by surname, then first name. Open the file you need and either scroll down or use the bookmarks to help you find your entry.
If you find the person you are looking for in the index, you can visit the Central Library to see the entry in the newspaper. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy (for a small charge) or to ask for transcribed details of the entry. This email address should also be used if you have any queries about the Index.
Note: We have made every effort to correct errors in transcription, but with 394,000 entries, there may be some. The original newspaper should be regarded as the definitive source.
A - F:
Aaron to Anyon; [PDF 549KB]Apedaile to Ayton; [PDF 467KB]Babington to Barwise; [PDF 858KB]Bason to Bezeine; [PDF 740KB]Bibbey to Bozeat; [PDF 857KB]Brabbs to Bryne; [PDF 936KB]Buchan to Bywater; [PDF 373KB]Cabbage to Cirbetson; [PDF 681KB]Clack to Clyons; [PDF 470KB]Coa to Coyle; [PDF 609KB]Crabb to Cryer; [PDF 936KB]Cubbin to Cutts; [PDF 180KB]Da Silveira to Dixon; [PDF 658KB]Dobb to Dyson Hoyle; [PDF 508KB]Eackersley to Eyre; [PDF 570KB]Faber to Fitzsimons; [PDF 796KB]Flaherty to Fynn; [PDF 550KB]
G - L:
Gab to Glynn; [PDF 696KB]Goadby to Greenup; [PDF 390KB]Greenway to Gysin; [PDF 836KB]Haach to Happy; [PDF 782KB]Haran to Hazzlewood; [PDF 633KB]Head to Hezling; [PDF 674KB]Hibberd to Hiyho; [PDF 468KB]Hoadley to Hopwood; [PDF 804KB]Horan to Hyslop; [PDF 729KB]I'Anson to Ivison; [PDF 353KB]Jack to Justice; [PDF 620KB]Kaagan to Kyzor; [PDF 611KB]Labars to Leyson; [PDF 536KB]Liberty to Lythe; [PDF 669KB]
M - R:
M to Mayson; [PDF 677KB]McAdams to Mitton; [PDF 902KB]M'Laren to Mytton; [PDF 470KB]Naassens to Nyman; [PDF 734KB]O'Brien to Oxtoby; [PDF 383KB]Pace to Phythian; [PDF 572KB]Pichet to Pyram; [PDF 739KB]Quael to Quon; [PDF 96KB]Rabbit to Rizzy; [PDF 818KB]Roach to Rynn; [PDF 700KB]
S - Z:
Sacken to Shay; [PDF 881KB]Shea to Sly; [PDF 489KB]Smail to Sowter; [PDF 720KB]Spain to Styring; [PDF 867KB]Suart to Suty; [PDF 778KB]Swailes to Synott; [PDF 338KB]Tab to Tewster; [PDF 521KB]Thacker to Thwaites; [PDF 543KB]Tibbets to Tyzaker; [PDF 564KB]Udall to Uttridge; [PDF 161KB]Vainham to Vyse; [PDF 156KB]Waage to Waddington; [PDF 720KB]Wamm to Warburton; [PDF 435KB]Whaerty to Whalin; [PDF 695KB]Wickham to Widdop; [PDF 694KB]Wodehouse to Woffinden; [PDF 697KB]Yale to Zust [PDF 121KB]
All Calderdale libraries provide free access to the Ancestry (library edition) website. There you can find the General Register Office (GRO) reference, which you need to apply for a copy of any birth, marriage or death certificate.
Note: Civil registration began in July 1837. Certificates cannot be obtained for events before this date and Ancestry runs to 2005.
We regret that library staff do not have the resources to undertake searches on behalf of enquirers.
Burial and cremation records
If you need help to locate the burial place of your loved ones, Deceased online could help you in your search.
Deceased Online offer the following records on their website:
- digital scans of burial and cremation registers;
- computerised records of burials and cremations (where registers are not available);
- details of those buried in each grave;
- cemetery maps indicating the area for each grave location; and
- some photographs of memorials and headstones.
Obtaining copy certificates
For certificates relating to local births and deaths you can apply online Request copy certificates , by post, or in person to Calderdale Register Office.
If you want a certificate without searching the indexes yourself, the GRO does offer this service. The charge for this service is higher than when the reference is known. Follow the link above or contact the GRO at:
The GRO website also gives information about applying for overseas certificates. It also provides links to help you obtain certificates for events in Scotland and Northern Ireland.