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Genealogy and Yorkshire West Riding, England

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Map showing where Yorkshire West Riding is

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Introduction

This page is devoted to the county of Yorkshire West Riding, England, and covers the origin of its name, an outline of its history and geography, links to other web sites concerned with the county, genealogical resources relating to the county and the same types of information in more detail for those cities, towns and villages in the county in which I have a family history interest. In doing this, it is not my intention to duplicate unnecessarily, nor to compete with, web pages which already do some of those things, but to complement such pages and provide links to them, with appropriate description of what they have to offer.

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Origins of the Name

The name Yorkshire means the shire based on York. The city name is derived from the Roman name of Eboracum, which by the time of the 1086 Domesday Book had become Euruic. The original is thought most likely to mean "yew tree estate", although "estate of a man called Eburos" is also possible. West Riding comes from the Old Scandinavian West thrithjungr, meaning the western of the three thirds into which the county was divided (the others being East and North).

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Geography

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History

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Web Pages about Yorkshire West Riding

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Genealogical Resources for Yorkshire West Riding

The UK Genealogy Interests Directory, a new and growing facility, has a page of surname interests in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire West Riding Lookup Exchange is a list of volunteers willing to do free lookups, as and when they have time, in resources they happen to have available to them.

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Some Places in Yorkshire West Riding

To appear in this section a town or village has to meet a number of criteria. First, it has to be of family history interest to me; in other words, one or more of my or my wife's ancestors lived there. Second, I must have, or have access to, the appropriate information to be able to set up the page. Third, I must have managed to find the time to do it. Finally, if I am aware that it has already been done by someone else, all that will be found here is a link to that other site.

However, for completeness sake, if the place meets the first criterion but fails on one or more of the others, then it will at least appear here as a heading, so the reader will have some idea which places may "get the treatment" at some time in the future.

Hinchcliffe Mill

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Holmfirth

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Sheffield

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My Surname Interests in Yorkshire West Riding

COLE, 19th century, Hinchcliffe Mill and Holmfirth
COTTERILL, 19th century, Holmfirth and Sheffield
HARDY, 19th century, Sheffield

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Acknowledgements

The following have provided information which I have paraphrased on this page:

C.R.J Currie and C.P.Lewis A Guide to English County Histories (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1994), ISBN 0-7509-1505-6.

A. Room: Dictionary of British Place Names (1988), ISBN 1 85605 1775.

A.D. Mills: A Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford University Press, 1991, revised 1995), ISBN 0-19-869156-4.

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