Parish registers

Parish registers are an invaluable resource to any genealogist. They are particularly useful when researching family members born, married or deceased prior to 1837. This is when the Index of births, deaths and marriages began.

The registers cover Calderdale, also parts of West and South Yorkshire, They can be accessed in various formats, including:

  • Microfilm: A comprehensive collection is held by West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale; and
  • Online: Most of the parish registers of the West Riding are now available on Ancestry (library edition) website.

In addition, the Reference library (Halifax) holds transcripts for many local parishes.

Parish Records transcribed
Coley / Northowram Baptisms 1644 - 1788

Marriages 1646 - 1796

Burials 1655 - 1824
Elland St Mary's Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1559 - 1714
Halifax Parish Church (St John's) Baptisms 1538 - 1593, 1813  -1838

Marriages 1538 - 1593, 1754 - 1837

Burials 1538 - 1593, 1813 - 1937
Hartshead St Peter's Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1612 - 1812
Heptonstall St Thomas' Baptisms and Marriages 1599 - 1660

Burials 1593 - 1653
Heptonstall and Cross Stone chapels Baptisms (Heptonstall) 1594 - 1812, Baptisms (Cross Stone) 1678 - 1837

Marriages 1594 - 1837

Burials (Heptonstall) 1594 - 1812, Burials (Cross Stone) 1678 - 1851
Northowram Heywood Chapel - see Coley / Northowram St John's -
Northowram, Roundhill Methodist Chapel Baptisms 1890 - 1948
Queensbury, Ambler Thorn Methodist Chapel Baptisms 1935 - 1972
Queensbury, Mountain Wesleyan Reform Chapel Baptisms 1867 - 1973
Queensbury, Queens Head Baptist Church Births 1748 - 1837
Queensbury Baptist Chapel Burials 1788 - 1794, 1831 - 1879
Queensbury Parish Church Baptisms 1845 - 1907

Marriages 1846 - 1908
Queensbury, Union Croft Congregational Church Baptisms 1896 - 1988

Marriages 1900 - 1986
Ripponden St Bartholomew's Baptisms 1684 - 1788, 1750 - 1754

Marriages 1686 - 1702, 1750 - 1788

Burials 1684 - 1702
Sowerby, Steep Lane Baptist Chapel Baptisms 1779 - 1844
Todmorden St Mary's / Christ Church Baptisms 1670 - 1780

Marriages 1669 - 1780

Burials 1666 - 1780
  • Transcribed registers can be viewed in the Reference and information Library at all opening times.
  • The Ancestry website can be viewed free of charge from any Calderdale Library.
  • Parish Registers on microfilm can be viewed at the West Yorkshire Archive Service .This service is adjacent to the Central Reference Library, Halifax and open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 5pm. The films can also be viewed via the Reference Library in the evenings and on Mondays and Saturdays.