Using this resource:
This site was originally developed in 2001 using old fashioned html4 for Internet Explorer 5 and grew quickly to such a size that updating the 3200 plus pages is a major exercise(though the site was standardised and updated to suit modern browsers in September 2010).
The site was updated again in November 2012 to HTML5 and CSS3 and the scrolling tables with fixed headers now work in ALL modern browsers, though Firefox is now probably the best to use with this site.
Should your computer warn you about Scripts or ActiveX, please allow them; there is nothing harmful on our site.
We have tried to lay out everything as logically as possible with simple menus with no unnecessary graphics or additions which may slow down the pages.
Some of the pages are very large, therefore slow, even by today's web standards, and time must be allowed for them to load.
Most of the material is in 'stealable' format, that is to say that it is easy to select and copy, though permission must be sought for any republished material. All the material researched, transcribed and provided here is free of charge.
The search facility is now our own based on site. Please try and be specific in your searches as the material available is vast.
We have used a date format of yyyy mm dd for nearly all our material. The reason for this is that it makes it possible for the data to be sorted by date. It is also the format used in databases, which was our plan for the future.
Please report any technical errors, or mistakes in content, never mind how small to
The CalverleyInfo Vital Records Database (VRD):
We have developed a database of much of our material. We have included all our Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from our Church and Cemetery pages. We have also included all our Census material and have added some church and cemetery material from surrounding areas which does not appear on the site, such as records from Tong, Wyke, Low Moor and Wibsey. The search facility is easy to use with options for three types of search; Exact, Wildcard and Soundex. There are only two search fields; Name and Surname. You can choose separate search options for either field.
A search for SMITH in 'Exact' would return just SMITH. In the 'Wildcard' option it would return SMITH, SMITHE, SHOESMITH, SMITHSON etc. In 'Soundex' option, the search would return SMITH, SMITHE, SMYTH etc. This last option is an excellent way to deal with all those varied surname spellings. If you leave a search field blank, you must choose the 'Wildcard' option for that field.
You can choose to search 'Births and Baptisms', 'Marriages', 'Deaths and Burials', 'Censuses' or 'all categories'.
When you find the VRD entry you require, there is an option to print out the details. There is also a Query Form to use when contacting us with any questions or information about your searches.
Important Note! Registration Districts & Non-conformist Marriages:
All the births, deaths and marriages in Pudsey, Farsley and Calverley from July 1837 onwards can be found at Leeds Register Office, with one very important exception. These are the 'Registrar attending' Marriages.
Before non-conformists churches and chapels were licenced to register the marriages that they conducted, a registrar had to be present. This meant that those events were listed as being conducted by the register office of that district, which can be found, according to date and location, in the chart below. The marriages that were registered after a church became licenced are all to be found at Leeds Register Office. The Pudsey Mount Zion Methodist New Connection Chapel appears to never have been licenced, but the chapel kept their own records in addition to those by the relevant Register Office.
Simplified chart, blue records are at Bradford, yellow records are at Leeds:
Non-conformist 'Registrar Attending' Marriages
Calverley & Farsley
Bradford District 1837-1891
North Bierley District 1892-1937 *
(both with Pudsey after 1937 )
Bradford District 1837-1891
North Bierley District 1892-1938
Wharfedale District 1939-1974
Hunslet District 1837-1862
Kirkstall District Nov 1862-Mar 1863
Bramley District March 1863-1904
Armley & Bramley 1905-1925
*Calverley and Farsley together until 1894, then seperately.
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