National Archives help with family history searching

The latest National Archives newsletter is packed with information about sources for family history (and for more general research about individuals). This includes Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills and probate documents, 1384-1858, now available to download.

(I think, though, that for most northern probate records you’d need to contact the Borthwick Institute – northerners registered at the Canterbury court only if property-owners in the south.)

Read it here.

Norse influences on northern English vocabulary

A real treat this coming Saturday: YAHS Medieval Section joins the Yorkshire Dialect Society in presenting a lecture by Richard Dance and Brittany Schorn from the University of Cambridge. Its title is ‘Tykes and Vikings: Looking for the Old Norse Influence on Northern English Vocabulary’ – much more on the section blog here.

At the Swarthmore Centre, 2pm, 14 October.

Yorkshire Society: Yorkshire History Prize 2017

Details just received about the Yorkshire History Prize 2017 (NB check the submission requirements if you’re thinking of entering – I can’t find them online.)

The competition for essays on the history of Yorkshire is held annually. The Beresford Award for longer essays of up to 10,000 words is worth £300, and the judges may make a second award of £150. For shorter essays, with a limit of 5,000 words, there is one prize, the Bramley Award, of £150.

Entries should be original and based on research, and should not have been published already nor offered for publication. Any subject drawn from the history of places and people in traditional Yorkshire is usually acceptable. Successful essays have often been adapted subsequently for publication in learned journals.

Those wanting to discuss academic matters, the wording of their title or the eligibility of their subject may, if they wish, consult Professor Edward Royle, Chairman of the Judges. (Tel. 01904 423009; email:

The closing date is 31 October 2017 and essays should be sent to the following address by that date:
K Baron, Secretary for the Yorkshire History Prize, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, Email:

Prof. Bernard Jennings memorial

The memorial service at All Saints, Kilham, on Saturday 28 October at 3 pm will be ‘a celebration of Bernard’s long, happy and eventful life’. No flowers, but a collection for Cancer Research.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP (for catering purposes) to Mrs Jennings, at Riverhead Hall, Beechwood Road, Driffield YO25 6NU.