New Website for Family History Group
The Wharfedale Family History Group has just launched its revamped website. Designed by member Stephen Miller the site now gives the searcher far more options in finding out more about their ancestors. For example, it includes a vast database of well over one hundred War Memorials and Rolls of Honour.
Many national, local groups and individuals have recorded information regarding those who died in the First World War but the group have gone further by creating a database of those recorded on the memorials from all wars including those who served. At present this is searchable by memorial but will soon be upgraded to be searchable by name. The group can also give advice on how to take this research further such as finding gravestones, medals and soldiers records. Some of the plaques have required some detective work to find them, hidden away in buildings no longer in use. Others stored in cupboards but persistence has paid dividends.
War Memorials and Rolls of Honour can be found in a variety of places. Churches. Chapels, town and village memorials, local museums, village halls, sports clubs, schools, workplaces, political clubs and more. If any reader knows of one not included on the website please contact the group.
The website will shortly allow members to download many of our published records and submit articles. Membership details are shown on the site. This revision should provide superb links for our membership which is approaching 400 from all over the world and also assist those wanting to take up this fascinating hobby. The group covers an area from the outskirts of Leeds and Bradford to the top of Wharfedale.
The group has published over three hundred book and CDs relating to Wharfedale and the western dales towards the Lancashire boundary. The full list can be viewed on the website
We meet at the Salem Hall, Burley in Wharfedale on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7.30pm and at the Village Institute in Threshfield on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2.30pm. Our programme of speakers and events is shown on the website. The website is located at www.wharfedalefhg.org.uk