Calderdale family history goes digital
Researching your family tree could now be a lot easier after Calderdale Libraries’ volunteers completed their work on the index of births, marriages and deaths from the old Halifax Guardian newspaper. Almost six years after the first volunteer switched on a microfilm reader and started work on the first edition of the Halifax Guardian, dated December 1 1832, Calderdale Libraries’ index to births, marriages and deaths is now complete, to the end of the newspaper’s life in 1921.
The index can be accessed at www.calderdale.gov.uk, by entering ‘Guardian index’ in the search box. It’s designed to direct people searching for a particular name, in the Calderdale area, to the right date and page in the newspaper.
This can be followed up with a visit to the Central Library in Halifax to look at the microfilmed original or by contacting staff in the Reference and Local Studies section.
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “The task of indexing from microfilm been a mammoth one, and we’re very grateful to all the volunteers who have spent a great deal of time logging all the data to enable people to more easily research their family history.” - The index reveals all manner of fascinating information. -There are 7224 instances of the predictably popular surname Smith, this total is surpassed by the popular Greenwood, with 9713 entries, and almost equalled by Sutcliffe, coming in at 7078. - Locals in the 19th century chose names of famous people for their children including Handel Armitage and B Disraeli Simpson. - Among the more unusual names were Feather Earnshaw, Champion Murgatroyd and the seasonally named Christmas Staff.
A volunteer organising the index.