Programme for 2018/19

Two Bradford Family History Society meetings are held each month and there is an admission charge of £1.50 for members and £2 for non-members.

All meetings take place at The Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4HU. Parking is available at the nearby retails park or Broadway Shopping Centre.

  •  NB. The Society holds public liability insurance but not personal accident insurance. Members are therefore responsible for their own personal accident cover when they attend meetings and are involved in other Society activities at their own risk.
  • Thursday morning meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of each month.
  • Tea/coffee from 10:00 am when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
  • The formal meeting begins at 10:30am.

Schedule of Thursday Meetings in 2018/19

5 SepWives, Widows & Spinsters - Women Did Make Wills Anna Watson
3 OctMaps & Genealogy Carol Kerry-Green
7 NovResearching House History - Followed by a Visit to West Yorkshire Archives (Bradford)Fiona Marshall
5 DecGetting Started in Family History - Parish RecordsSue Steel
  • Monday evening meetings usually take place on the third Monday of each month.
  • Tea/coffee from 7.00 pm when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
  • The formal meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Schedule of Monday Meetings in 2018/19

16 SepThe history of the Midland Railway and its staff recordsChris & Judy Rouse
21 OctMy Ancestor John Yorke, a ServantJenny Thornton
18 NovCriminal Lunacy. Dock to Asylum - 19th Century Yorkshire Folk Convicted Of A Crime, Who Then Found Themselves Admitted To An AsylumDavid Scrimgeour
16 DecAll in a day's work - Bradford’s Local Police ForceChris Helme

Here are some of our past meetings

6 JulEarly Asylum Life
The lives of just some of the patients admitted to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, Yorkshire between 1818 and 1869.
David Scringeour
17 JulVisit to Undercliffe Cemetery
Meet at the Lodge, Undercliffe Lane Entrance at 6.30pm
Neil McLellan
3 AugVisit to Fulneck
Meet in the Car Park at 10:30am
21 AugFormer Police Stations of Bradford show -
a slide show
Chris Binns
7 SepNo place Like Home
The many and varied institutions that housed Britain’s children
Peter Higginbotham
18 SepOrigin of Surnames
Where did your name come from?
Peter Watson
5 OctThe Chartist Land Plan in Calderdale & Queens HeadAnne Kirker
16 OctJowett Cars – Pride of Bradford
The early history of the company, models through the 1920’s and 1930’s, Wartime activity, the post WWII models and the demise of the company.
Paul Beaumont
2 Nov Copyright
An interesting talk, with examples, of what copyright means for the family historian by the expert at West Yorkshire Archives.
Stefanie Davison
20 NovDNA for Family HistoriansCarolyn Huston
7 DecJunvenile Crime in Victorian Bradford Young boys and girls in Bradford, in the early 1870’s, who had been sent to reformatories all over the north of England.Janet Senior
18 DecWhat Do You Want For Christmas? - Comparison of subscription sites and other thingsMary Twentyman & Sue Steel
4 JanWhy Hitler? Who was the man and how did he manage to become so powerful?Richard Winpenny
15 JanMirrors – A Case study of the German spy ‘Klatt’ and how the Germans spied on the Russians in WW2Phil Judkins
1 Feb10 things you didn't know about using Anne Eastwood
19 FebVictorian Police Victorian Policing – My Gt Gt Grandfather was probably Bradford’s longest-serving constable.Gaynor Haliday
1 Mar ‘For Gawd Sake don’t send me!’ – The 1916-18 draft and the working of the military service tribunalsDavid Millichope
19 MarBradford Men on the Western Front Reconstructing a first world war battle from the family historian's perspective"Fraser Skirrow
5 AprPaupers and Lunatics in West Riding Asylums Christine Leveridge
16 AprAGM, 'Bring&Share' Supper & An evening Drop-In Session Bring your problems and issues and break down your brick walls and don't forget to bring some supper!Committee
3 May2 wives - the stage is set. The fascinating world of family history research.Jackie Depelle
21 MayEvolution of Asylum Patient Photography Images captured over 150 yearsDavid Scrimgeour
7 JunKeep It In The Family How to keep your family research for others to appreciate Sue McGeever
18 JunThe History of Bradford’s Fire BrigadeChris Smith
4 JulThe Peace Museum Visit
16 JulThe Police Museum Visit
2 Aug Rev. Richard Keeling - How to research Anglican Clergy Please note there will also be a EGM Sue Steel
20 AugCatholics in Ormskirk – from the early Elizabethan period to the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 Kate Hurst
6 SepThe Social Composition of Scar Top Sunday School and Chapel 1851-1888 Robert Schofield
17 SepYorkshire Indexers Website Steve Miller
4 OctTracing emigrants in Workhouse Records – with the North Bierley Poor Law UnionSylvia Valentine
15 OctLost on the Lusitania Whose entry did my late mother always hope to find on view in the the First World war memorial volume in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral ? A family story.Bill Taylor
1 NovThe Cooperative Society - a pictorial account of the storesJanet Senior
19 NovA Peck of Dirt - Living Conditions through the agesPeter Watson
6 Dec3 Raistricks - 3 characters from my family treeSue Steel
17 DecNewspapers & Mince Pies Sue Steel
3 JanThe Bradford Boys who were sent to Canada Janet Senior
21 JanGetting Started in Family History - Civil Registration (Certificates)Sue Steel
7 FebFamily Myths & Legends and Skeletons in the Cupboard - What and How the Truth Was Discovered Barbara Matley
18 FebRaikeswood Camp - The Training Camp For The Bradford Pals And A POW Camp For The GermansRobert Freeman
7 MarLetters from a Faraway Laddie - Family History As Seen From CorrespondenceSue McGeever
18 MarMy ancestor Joseph Hobson Jagger - The True Story of Bradford’s Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte CarloAnne Fletcher
4 AprThe Ancestor I Would Most Like to Meet Bill Boldy
15 AprAGM – Bradford Council Publications - What can you find in their Minutes, Accounts, Yearbooks, etc.?Elvira Willmott
2 MayRiding along on the crest of a wave - Hull, Hampshire and Cornish Cream Teas!Jackie Depelle
20 MayStories of the Waterhouse FamilyDavid Glover
6 JunTitus Salt and Scarborough - Leisure, Philanthropy and Religious Ambition
George Sheeran
17 JunThe Leeds Bodysnatchers in 1820-33Mike Green
4 JulWWI In The Balkans Tricia Platts
15 JulThe Yorkshiremen of Bradford Mills at Marki, near Warsaw, PolandSarah Dietz
1 AugA Morning Visit to Undercliffe Cemetery - Meet Lodge at 10:00 - tour £5Visit
19 AugUpstairs Downstairs in Harrogate - Researching Domestic Servants Using the Census and Other DocumentsPaul Jennings