Online resources

Ancestry

The Library Edition of this resource is available free of charge from all Calderdale libraries. Content highlights include Census information, England and Wales birth, marriage and death indexes, parish registers of the West Riding of Yorkshire, military and Poor Law records.

Find My Past

Find My Past is free to use in the Central Reference Library, Halifax, or, on Wednesdays only, in Todmorden Library. Find My Past includes a wide range of databases of use to family and local historians. 2 customers can log in to the site at any one time. If you would like to book in advance of your visit, ring 01422 392631 (Central Reference Library) or 01706 815600 (Todmorden Library).

19th Century British Newspapers

This site is free to access from all libraries and also from home, using your Calderdale library card. Several newspapers, notably the Leeds Mercury, specifically cover the Calderdale area but local reports can also be found by searching across all publications.

Weaver to Web: online visual archive of Calderdale history

This archive of Calderdale history gives access to over 23,000 images, accompanied by supporting historical information. It is largely based on the collections in Calderdale Central Reference Library, where it continues to be maintained and added to. The digitised Halifax Weekly Courier for 1914 -18 can also be found on this site.

Glimpse of the past

A range of short local history articles, illuminating the heritage of the area and putting key places, events and people into context.