The 1851 census Registration District of "Bradford, West Riding" is used as the Society's geographical area of interest and covers much more than the original township of Bradford.

Map of BFHS society Geographical Area

The colours represent the Registration Sub-districts in the 1851-91 censuses, the name of each sub-district being in UPPER CASE. Lower case place- names are those of chapelries, hamlets or villages which were enumerated in that sub-district.

Within this area are townships and hamlets, such as

Adwalton, Allerton, Bierley, Bolton, Bolton Woods, Bowling, Bradford Moor, Buttershaw, Calverley, Clayton, Cleckheaton, Cullingworth Gate, Denholme, Drighlington, Dudley Hill, East Bierley, East Bowling, Eccleshill, Fagley, Farsley, Frizinghall, Fulneck, Great Horton, Greengates, Heaton, Hewenden, Horton, Hunsworth, Idle, Laisterdyke, Lidget Green, Little Horton, Low Moor, Manningham, Nab Wood, North Bierley, Oakenshaw, Odsal, Pudsey, Queensbury, Saltaire, Scholes, Shipley, Thornbury, Thornton, Toftshaw, Tong, Troydale, Tyersal, Undercliffe, West Bowling, Wibsey, Wilsden, Windhill, Wrose and Wyke.


However, Bradford Family History Society does not cover the same area as Bradford Metropolitan District as explained below.

Although in Bradford Met. District, Bingley, Haworth and Keighley are covered by Keighley Family History Society, and Addingham, Baildon, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley and Menston are covered by  Wharfedale Family History Group.
Also, Calverley, Drighlington, Farsley and Pudsey, although in the area covered by our society, are in Leeds Met. District, while Cleckheaton and Hunsworth are in Kirklees Met. District.

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