West Yorkshire Collection on Ancestry enhanced with new Records

West Yorkshire Collection on Ancestry enhanced with new Records

Ancestry UK have today added records to their West Yorkshire Collection which include:

Prison Records 1801-1914

The prison at Wakefield was established in 1595 as the West Riding House of Correction. The original prison was replaced in the 1760s and then again in 1847, the latter of which remains in use today as a maximum-security prison.

In 1874 the prison became part of the national prison service and became known as H.M. Prison, Wakefield. Throughout its history, the prison has been home to inmates from all over the West Riding.

The collection includes registers of inmates through to 1914, as well as records of St. John’s Community Home School and the records of military prisoners who were sentenced by courts martial throughout the country.

The prison records can be searched here (£) together with more information on collection.

Police records 1833-1914

This collection includes a wide variety of registers that recorded appointments of regular and special constables, promotions, disciplinary actions, transfers, lists of applicants, injuries sustained in the line of duty, and physical descriptions. In some cases, the records list the marital status, names of spouses, and birth dates and places.

The Police Records can be searched here (£) together with more information on collection.

Reformatory schools 1856-1914

This collection contains records from 3 reform or industrial schools in West Yorkshire, Calder Farm Reformatory, East Moor Community Home School, and Shadwell Children’s Centre.

The Reformatory School Records can be searched here (£) together with more information on collection.

Militia 1729-1826

This collection includes a variety of militia-related records, including township payments to the militia, lists of officers, and lists of eligible men. Details you may find will vary but can include a militiaman’s name, a date and location, occupation, age range, number of children, any infirmities, and signature.

The Militia Records can be searched here (£) together with more information on collection.