Discover if your ancestor was buried in the British county of Yorkshire. Find their name, the age they died at and their burial place with more than 5 million records covering over 400 years. These records are part of a project to publish online parish records from the whole of Yorkshire in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium.
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There are over 5 million records from Anglican parishes across the three historic Yorkshire counties as well as records from Quaker, Roman Catholic, and Methodist parishes and municipal cemeteries. You can search the records from several Yorkshire archives and family history societies in what will become a comprehensive collection of parish records.
Situated in north England, Yorkshire is the largest British county. Yorkshire was divided into three ridings: North, West, and East. The word riding came into Old English from the Old Norse word þriðjungr, meaning a third part.
There has been human settlement in Yorkshire since Neolithic times. Under Roman rule, the fortified city of Eboracum (now York) was the joint capital of Roman Britain. Before the introduction of civil registration in 1837, Church of England parishes recorded the bulk of births, marriages, and deaths. The Church of England mandated the keeping of records in all its parishes from 1537 with the earliest records generally starting in 1538. Early registers recorded all events in a single book but after 1774 separate registers were needed for marriages and marriage banns.
History of cemeteries From around the 7th century, burial in Europe was under the control of the Church and could only be carried out on consecrated church ground. From the early 19th century, however, the burial of the dead in graveyards (burial grounds within churchyards) began to fall out of favour. This was due to several factors: rapid population growth in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, continued outbreaks of infectious disease near graveyards, and the increasingly restricted space in graveyards for new interment.
The introduction of cemeteries in Britain was driven by both public health concerns and a growing desire from a portion of the population to have non-denominational burial place. The Metropolitan Burial Act of 1852 legislated for the establishment of the first national system of government-funded municipal cemeteries across Britain, paving the way for an enormous expansion of burial facilities throughout the 19th century.
In the 19th century, urban burial grounds were viewed as public open spaces and were thus professionally designed to be attractive places to visit in their own right. Those hired to design public parks were often employed to design these new cemeteries.
The records in this collection come from a variety of sources:
Borthwick Institue for Archives, University of York
Bradford Family History Society
Calerdale Family History Society
Doncaster Family History Society / Doncaster Borough Council
East Riding Archives & Local Studies Service
North Yorkshire County Record Office
Pontefract and District Family History Society
Ryedale Family History Society
Selby & District Family History Society
Sheffield Archives & Local Studies
Sheffield & District Family History Society
Sheffield City Council Libraries Archives and Information Services and Sheffield & District Family History Society
Wakefield and District Family History Society
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