Thursday 29 December 2016

The Leeds General Cemetery Burial Registers Index

Being a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies has many advantages. One of which is access to its mailing list and that is one of the best sources for new websites of interest to family historians.

One such new source cropped up the other day and that is The Leeds General Cemetery Burial Registers Index newly release by the University of Leeds. Details of the project can be found here.

To access the search engine you need to select the top link or follow this one

The database covers entries from 1835 to 1992 and contains the details of the date of death as well as burial. You may also be lucky and get the names of the parents. However the parents names don't show on all entries as, like all other family history records, it is only as good as the information that the person reporting it was aware.

Searching on just a surname will then let you look at the entries and this has helped with the deaths of several HALSTEAD who married out of the name. It also contains the cause of death and also the address at the time.

You can ascertain the other persons buried in the grave which may or may not be family members.

John Hanson - email:

Saturday 3 December 2016

Merger of two charts

Recent information from Katrina Hodgson has meant that two of the Yorkshire charts can now be merged.

So Chart 43 which started with John Halstead born prior to 1760 will now past of Chart 45 which start with John's father Isaac. Chart 45 did include John as a baptism but I had not made the connection.

This highlights one of the differences between a one-name study and ones personal research. With the later you are simply looking for the one many and in one-name studies you are trying to merge all the entries into the one tree.

With smaller one-name studies like my own personal one that was easy as they all come from one person in the 1690's where as with the Halstead's there are in fact over 1,000 trees. many are really small and just need the spark to find the right link and many time it is information from others.

John - email: