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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

Yorkshire Parish Registers Series

The Yorkshire Parish Register Society was founded in 1899 and became a publishing section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society in 1960. The aim was to transcribe and to publish at least one volume of an original parish register every year.

By 2014, 180 volumes of transcriptions of Yorkshire Parish Registers had been published, at which point production of new volumes ceased.  Some are still in print, whilst others are available in either CD or downloadable formats.   Almost all the volumes contain indexes to surnames, Christian names, places and occupations.  From the 1950s, volumes have also included extra material to be found in the Bishop's Transcripts, especially useful where parts of the original registers are deficient.

For all further information, including how to purchase those publications still available, go to the special website.

Please note:

  • Parish boundaries have changed over the years.  The Register Series works to those in existence at 1837, the year in which civil registration was introduced, when there were more than 750 Church of England parishes in Yorkshire.
  • Our website lists three types of production: (a) printed registers still available in book form;  (b) printed registers which are out-of-print but available on CD (P series), and (c) typewritten transcripts available on CD (Transcript series)
  • When using the Parish Register website, please make sure that you check all listings.   Please also be aware that some CDs contain records for more than one parish, and that others - especially those relating to very large parishes - may cover only a limited number of years.

Almost all original parish registers for Yorkshire are held in either a County Record or Archives Office. There are at least 15 offices holding original registers and several holding Bishop's Transcripts. To locate the whereabouts of these registers and BTs, and for further information about the places concerned, we recommend that you should consult the Yorkshire section of GENUKI.