Four million baptisms, marriages and burials from Yorkshire parish registers have been made available online.
The family history website Findmypast has published online for the first time almost four million parish records in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium.
Findmypast says :”The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spanning the years 1538 to 1989. Fully-searchable transcripts of the originals enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.
“The first phase of this landmark project includes nearly a million parish records from North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, as well as over 3 million parish records and Bishop’s Transcripts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), which cover the whole of Yorkshire including West Yorkshire.
“As the provenances of the records are defined by historical, rather than modern boundaries, areas now outside of today’s Yorkshire are also covered, such as County Durham. On completion this will be the most comprehensive online repository of Yorkshire family history records anywhere in the world.”
The parish registers of West Yorkshire have already been digitised and are online at Ancestry.co.uk.