Malhamdale Local History Group

Research Site for the Townships of Malhamdale, North Yorkshire, England

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GENUKI : Malhamdale pages
GENUKI : Yorkshire, an extensive page of links to useful family and local history sites
Keighley and District Family History Society : Covers the families of Kirkby Malhamdale and Settle area
Wharfedale Family History Group : Covers the families of the adjacent Upper Wharfedale area.
Archaeology Data Service : Archaeological database with details of Malhamdale excavations in the ARCHsearch catalogue.
Images of England : View details of the listed building records in the National Monuments record for Malhamdale
Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group : Record and study buildings in the Dales
Yorkshire Archaeological Society : Hold some maps and records for the area
Yorkshire Quaker Heritage Project : Maintain a location register for records and are creating a Name index of individuals mentioned in the Monthly Meeting minute books. For the Settle area, also check the Quaker records at Leeds University which also has a searchable online database.
Access 2 Archives : Online archive catalogue listing many Malhamdale records in record offices around the country
North Craven Historical Research Group
Manorial Documents Register : Online catalogue listing documents of local interest in various archives
Documents Online : PRO's collection of digitised records including some PCC wills for the area.
The Borthwick Institute : Archive holding pre 1858 Yorkshire Wills and Bishops Transcripts for the old York Diocese.
Skipton Library : Extensive local studies collection
Old-Maps : 1st series 6inch OS maps for most of the country
A Vision of Britain : View population statistics, historical gazetteer entries, Civil Parish changes and more. Local news, events, accommodation and businesses in the area.
Malham Tarn : Additional information at Wikipedia
Bordley Township Project : community archaeology project investigating the historic landscape of Bordley.

Craven Area Local and Family History sites and Photo Archives

One Guy from Barlick - An interesting local history site with a lot of information about the cotton industry, which carried on there into the late 20th century attracting some of the people who had worked in the Malhamdale mills.
Gargrave - Past Times - Section of the village web site complete with old photos.
Skipton - The Rowley Collection - A tribute to the late Dr Geoffrey Rowley the eminent Skipton historian, who with Mr. Ken Ellwood gathered together over 500 historic old photos of Skipton, fully indexed.
Skipton Web - Local history with gallery of old photos.
Cowling Moonrakers - Website of the local history group, with plenty of information.
Cowling Web - This village has plenty of coverage with this second site providing more local history information with maps, booklets articles and a gallery of old photos.
Earby and District Local History Society - Web site with articles and pictures.
Thornton-in-Craven - Village web site which has good collection of old photographs and a family history section.
Langcliffe - Millennium project local history site.
Settle - Includes short history of the town and links to photos on: The Gallery of Old Settle
Craven Herald & Pioneer - News archive for recent events, places and names.
North Craven Historical Research Group
North Craven Heritage Trust
Craven's Part in the Great War - Dedicated to the memories of the men and women from the Craven district who gave their lives for King and country in the First World War, 1914 -1919.
Wigglesworth - A family history website with much information about Wigglesworth Hall and the Manor of Wigglesworth in downloadable booklets.
Wharfedale & Craven Genealogical Study - An ongoing project to construct the family histories of individuals and families who may have lived the Wharfedale and Craven areas of Yorkshire.
The Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group - Formed in 2005 with the purpose of adding to the knowledge of the archaeologically rich area of Upper Wharfedale & the surrounding landscapes
Hellifield Peel - The restoration of which featured in the television programme Grand Designs
Kettlewell - History section of the village website.
Sutton-in-Craven - Village website with a good local history section, the contributions by Nellie Stell are particularly interesting.
The Giggleswickian - Family history site for those with Giggleswick ancestors.
Barnoldswick History Society - Details of the meetings plus photographs, maps etc.
Kilnsey and Conistone - A village information site with some history information.
Dalehead & Stocks in Bowland - Local history site with photographs, details of farms etc.
Cononley - Local history and genealogy
Stainforth - Village website with history section and some documents online.
Burnsall - History of St Wilfred's church.

Local History
ARCHON : Record repositories in the UK
Access 2 Archives : Online archive catalogue listing many record office catalogues from around the country
A Vision of Britain : View population statistics, historical gazetteer entries, Civil Parish changes and more
Archaeology Data Service : Archaeological database with details of Malhamdale excavations in the ARCHsearch catalogue.
North Yorkshire Archives
West Dereham Heritage Group : West Dereham Abbey held Kirkby Malham church before the Dissolution.
The British Association for Local History : Is the national charity which promotes local history and serves local historians and publishes both The Local Historian, a quarterly journal and Local History News, a topical magazine

Family History

GENUKI : Links to local and family history resources for all the UK
British Data Archive : Census images on CD plus an online services with census indexes, images; GRO indexes and other data at :- TheGenealogist or RootsUK : GRO indexes of Births Deaths and Marriages from 1837 -2003, Census and more.
DocumentsOnline: search and buy copies of the PCC wills held at the National Archives
FamilySearch : The LDS church site with the 1881 census, IGI containing many parish record extracts
Search just the extracted church records in the IGI and see just what is available via this Batch number web site : Indexed census images from the 1901, 1891, 1881, 1871, 1861, 1851and 1841 census with the 1901 and 1881 indexes free; plus free access to the GRO indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths 1837-1983.
FreeBMD : Fully searchable BMD indexes with no fee.
Family Relatives : another site with GRO indexes to BMDs from 1837 -2003, but it is fully indexed for a large period (approx 1860-1920).
The Origins Network : Indexes to Yorkshire wills held at the Borthwick Institute, York.
Local History Online : news, resources, information, calendar of events, courses and nearly 1,000 local history links. : Excellent introduction to the resources for tracing ancestors, including many helpful tips.
: More help and tips on using various resources.

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