Brighouse Genealogical Records

Brighouse Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Martin, Brighouse Baptism Records (1831-1910)

Baptism registers record the baptism of those born in and around St Martin, Brighouse and were subsequently baptised in an Anglican place of worship. They are the primary source of birth details before 1837, though are useful to the present. Records can include name of child, parents' names, residence, occupations and more.

St. Martin, Brighouse Baptism Registers (1831-1858)

Baptism records from people born in and around Brighouse between 1831 and 1858. Lists the name of people's parent's, their occupations and abode.

St Martin, Brighouse Baptism Records (1831-1858)

Transcriptions of registers recording baptisms. Records may include parents' names, date of baptism, date of birth, place of residence and father's occupation.

Yorkshire Birth Index (1837-2010)

A growing index of births registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Brighouse Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Martin, Brighouse Marriage Records (1837-1935)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically the record marital status and residence of the bride and groom.

Yorkshire Marriage Index (1837-2011)

A growing index of marriages registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Yorkshire Banns Records (1653-1930)

An index of 87,560 names occurring in registers recording intentions to marry. The index is connected to images of the original registers.

Yorkshire Marriage Records (1539-1930)

An index to 206,076 marriages, linked to images of the original registers. These records will provide parents' names, residences, occupations, ages and other details.

Brighouse Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Martin, Brighouse Burial Records (1831-1968)

Name index linked to original images of the burial registers of St Martin, Brighouse. Records document an individual's date of death and/or burial, age and residence. Some records may contain the names of relations, cause of death and more.

St Martin, Brighouse Burial Registers (1831-1865)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at St Martin, Brighouse. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present. Details given may include the deceased's name, residence, age, names of relations, cause of death and more.

St Martin, Brighouse Burial Records (1831-1865)

Transcriptions of registers recording burials. Records may include deceased's name, date of burial, date of death, place of residence and age.

Quaker Monthly Meeting, Brighouse Burial Records (1813-1837)

An index to burials recorded in the registers of a Quaker church. The index contains the name of the deceased, the date of their burial and their age where available.

Brighouse Church Records

Brighouse Parish Registers (1831-1968)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Brighouse Parish Registers (1831-1865)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though useful to the present also.

West Yorkshire Confirmations (1859-1915)

Records recording teens and young adults commitment to the Christian faith.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

England Parish Registers (1538-1934)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Brighouse Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Yorkshire Lay Subsidy (1301)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by wapentake or liberty and settlement.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Brighouse Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

York Peculiar Probate Records (1383-1883)

Digital images, indexed by testor's name, of 28,716 wills, administrations, inventories and other probate documents. The records can shed light on an individual’s relations, possessions, land holdings, legal agreements and more. They cover various jurisdictions throughout the north of England.

York Prerogative & Exchequer Court Probate Index (1688-1858)

An index to 263,822 wills, administrations and other probate documents proved by an ecclesiastical court in York. The index included the testor's name, residence, year of probate, type of document and reference to order copies of the referenced document(s.).

York Prerogative & Exchequer Court Probate Index (1267-1500)

An index to 10,195 wills, administrations and other probate documents proved by an ecclesiastical court in York. The index included the testor's name, residence, occupation, will & probate year, language, type of document and reference to order copies of the referenced document(s.).

Derbyshire Will Index (1858-1928)

An index to wills, proved by the Derby Probate Registry. Index includes name, residence and year of probate. Contains entries for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and other counties.

Newspapers Covering Brighouse

Bradford Daily Telegraph (1868-1870)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Bradford district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

Rochdale Observer (1856-1866)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the Rochdale area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

Huddersfield Chronicle (1850-1900)

A local paper including news from the Huddersfield area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Bradford Observer (1834-1875)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the Bradford district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Leeds Times (1833-1901)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Leeds district. Includes family announcements.

Brighouse Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Brighouse Cemeteries

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Brighouse Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Yorkshire (1927)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Slater's Directory of the Northern Counties (1855)

Descriptions of settlements in Durham, Northumberland, and Yorkshire with lists of their leading private and commercial men.

Directory of Durham, Northumberland & Yorkshire (1855)

Historical and contemporary descriptions of settlements, detailing their governance, churches, schools etc.; to which is appended lists of residents, with their occupations.

Slater's Directories of Important English Towns (1847)

Historical and contemporary descriptions of settlements, detailing their governance, churches, schools etc.; to which is appended lists of residents, with their occupations.

Pigot's Directory of Yorkshire (1834)

Pigot's is a directory briefly detailing the history, topography, amenities and postal service of settlements in Yorkshire. It also lists the occupation & addresses of commercial, private and professional residents of each town.

Yorkshire Feet of Fines (1486-1503)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Eyre Rolls for Yorkshire (1218-1219)

Transcriptions of pleas brought before a court. They largely concern land disputes.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

Brighouse Taxation Records

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1868)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1807)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1741)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Lincolnshire Domesday & Lindsey Survey (1066-1118)

A transcription of the Lincolnshire section of the Domesday Book, which records land ownership, use and value in the late 11th century; and similar survey completed in 1118.

Yorkshire Lay Subsidy (1301)

A tax on the county's wealthier residents, ordered by wapentake or liberty and settlement.

Brighouse Land & Property Records

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1868)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1807)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Poll Book for Yorkshire (1741)

A list of those who voted in the election, stating their residence and for who they voted.

Yorkshire Feet of Fines (1486-1503)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Yorkshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Yorkshire domesday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Brighouse Occupation & Business Records

Collieries of The North (1869-1991)

Profiles of collieries in the north of England, with employment statistics, profiles of those who died in the mines and photographs.

Northern Mining Disasters (1705-1975)

Reports of mining distastes, includes lists of the deceased and photographs of monuments.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Yorkshire Rugby Union Commemoration Book (1914-1919)

A searchable book detailing the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union around the time of the Great War. Contains the names of many players and other persons associated with the sport.

Brighouse School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

National School Admission & Log Books (1870-1914)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording millions of children educated in schools operated by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education. Records contain a variety of information including genealogical details, education history, illnesses, exam result, fathers occupation and more.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Brighouse

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Brighouse Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1584-5 (1000-1585)

Pedigrees compiled from a late 16th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

The Visitation of Yorkshire: 1612 (1000-1612)

Pedigrees compiled from a early 17th century heraldic visitation of Yorkshire. This work records the lineage, descendants and marriages of families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Brighouse Military Records

North East War Memorials (1882-1951)

An inventory of memorials commemorating those who served and died in military conflicts.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

Roll of Officers of the York and Lancaster Regiment (1756-1884)

Lists of officers by rank, regiment and name.

Officers of The Green Howards (1688-1931)

Biographies of hundreds of men who served as officers in The Green Howards, an infant regiment in the King's Division. Details given include parentage, date of birth, military career and later professional career.

Records of the 1st West York Regiment of Militia (1086-1876)

A general history of the militia preceded by an overview of Yorkshire's military history since the conquest.

Brighouse Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Brighouse Histories & Books

Yorkshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Yorkshire domesday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

North Yorkshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in North Yorkshire.

The Annals of Yorkshire (2000 BC-1860)

A chronological rendering of the county's history.

Biographical Directories Covering Brighouse

Yorkshire Who's Who (1912)

A listing of the prominent residents of the county of Yorkshire, giving details on family, education, careers, hobbies, associations and more. Also includes details on the county's government officials, military officers, members of parliament, religious leaders and demographics.

Officers of The Green Howards (1688-1931)

Biographies of hundreds of men who served as officers in The Green Howards, an infant regiment in the King's Division. Details given include parentage, date of birth, military career and later professional career.

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Brighouse Maps

Maps of Yorkshire (1407-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Collery Maps of The North (1807-1951)

A number of maps of northern England with the locations of collieries plotted.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Parish Maps of Britain (1832)

Maps of parishes in England, Scotland and Wales. They are useful in determining which parish records may be relevant to your research.

Brighouse Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Brighouse Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

BRIGHOUSE is a town and an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1843 from the parish of Halifax, in the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brigbouse, with a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 4 ½ miles south-east from Halifax, 7 ½ south from Bradford, and 4 north-east from Huddersfield: it is a polling place for the Northern division of the Riding, in the wapentake of Morley, union and county court district of Halifax, rural deanery of Halifax, archdeaconry of Craven, diocese of Ripon and manor of Wakefield, situated on the river Calder, near a cutting belonging to the Calder and Hebble navigation, in the vale of Calder, and on the high road from Huddersfield to Bradford. The surrounding hills of Clifton, Rastrick and Southowram, being thickly-wooded, add much to the beauty of the valley of Brighouse. A local Act of Parliament, passed in 1846, for lighting and draining the town, has been carried into operation. The Gas Works are large and capacious. The town is supplied with water by the corporation of Halifax, and is governed by a Local Board of Health of 12 members. The church of St. Martin is a stone building, erected in 1830 in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave and square embattled tower with 8 bells (purchased by subscription in 1873), and a clock: there are sittings for 1,130 persons, half of which are free: in the chancel is a stained window to John Brooke esq. of the Rhydings, erected by his family; and one in the south aisle, erected in 1871 by Mrs. Kaye Aspinall, in memory of her husband. The register dates from the year 1831. The living is a vicarage, yearly value about £300, with residence, in the gift of the vicar of Halifax and held by the Rev. William Booker M.A. of St. Peter’s College, Cambridge. St. James’ church, a stone building in the Gothic style, was erected as a chapel of ease to the parish church, at a cost of about £5,000, raised by public subscription, and consists of chancel, nave and aisles, with bell-turret containing 2 small bells: here is a stained east window, erected by Mrs. Craven, of Manchester, in memory of a child. There are chapels for the Methodist New Connexion, Methodist Reformers, Primitive Methodists and Congregationalists. A Catholic chapel was opened in 1879 in Bradford road; the services of the Catholic Apostolic Church are held in a room in Bank street: the cemetery, formed by the Local Board in 1874, is situated in the Lightcliffe road, and consists of about 9 acres, of which one half has been consecrated, and there are two mortuary chapels. The town has increased in importance, owing to its manufactures of woollen, worsted, silk, cotton, carpet, and soap, and to its extensive flour mills, mattings, wire mills, card and machine making, and also on account of its contiguity to the Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Leeds markets. Coal and stone, of the best quality for flagging and building purposes, are found in abundance in the neighbourhood, great quantities of the latter being sent by canal to Goole for London and other ports. The Town Hall was built by the Brighouse Town Hall Co. Limited, with a capital of £7,000, in shares of £1 each, and is used for public meetings and the transaction of business relating to the town; it comprises mechanics’ institution, savings bank, news-room, mercantile offices and an assembly room capable of holding 1,000 people: Messrs. Mallinson and Barber, of Halifax, were the architects. A pleasure fair is held on August 9th and one for cattle on October 15th in each year. Mrs. Aspinall is lady of the manor. The principal landowners are Evan C. Sutherland Walker esq. Joseph Raynor esq. Liverpool, William Sugden esq. Slead House, and George Manley esq. Brighouse. The soil is sandy and light. The land is chiefly pasture, with a little wheat. The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1871 was 6,370. Rateable value, £27,597.

Schools

The National, for boys and girls, was enlarged in 1861 and a house built for the master, costing altogether £1,300, raised by general subscription, aided by a grant of £300 from the Committee of Council on Education; Benjamin Holt Thorpe, master; Miss Mary Ann Booth. mistress; Miss Mary Eliza Quarmley, infants’ mistress.

St. James' (girls’ & infants’), has been built at a cost of £600, raised by subscription and grant of £150 from the Committee of Council on Education; Miss Caroline Clayton, mistress.

St. Joseph’s (Catholic), mixed; Miss Kate Fallon, mistress.

There are several Sunday schools.

Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire (1881)