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Guide to Halifax St John the Baptist, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

For a fuller list of Halifax's churches, see A Complete List of Halifax's Chapels and Churches.

Halifax St John the Baptist, Yorkshire
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Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Morley
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Halifax PLU
Registration District Halifax
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538; Separate registers exist for Rastrick beginning 1719
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600; Separate records exist for Rastrick beginning 1813
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Pontefract
Diocese Pre-1836 - York; Post-1835 - Ripon
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Contents

Parish History

Here is an 1848 historical perspective on Halifax by the famous 19th century topographer, Samuel Lewis. For a more complete overview on Halifax's numerous churches, additional parish and chapel information has been added from Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870) to supplement this (Lewis') treatise on this very large township parish (see bracketed information below in the highlighted 'parish' section of this page):

"HALIFAX (St. John the Baptist), a parish, partly in the union of Todmorden, but chiefly in that of Halifax, wapentake of Morley, W. riding of York; comprising the market-town and borough of Halifax, the parochial chapelries of Elland and Heptonstall, and the townships of Barkisland, Erringden, Fixby, Hipperholme with Brighouse, Langfield, Lightcliffe, Luddenden, Midgley, Norland, Ovenden, North and South Owram, Rastrick, Ripponden, Rishworth, Shelf, Skircoat, Sowerby, Soyland, Stainland with Old Lindley, Stansfield, Wadsworth, and Warley; the whole containing 130,743 inhabitants, of whom 19,881 are in the town, 42 miles (S. W.) from York. 

The borough comprises the whole of the township of Halifax, and parts of the townships of North and South Owram.

The present church is the third structure erected on the site, and some slight remains of former churches are incorporated in the building. A church dedicated to 'Holy Trinitywas built in 1798.The district church of St. James was erected in 1831. The district parish of St. Paul, King's-Cross' was opened in May 1847. Many other churches have been erected in the parish, which are described under the townships where they are respectively situated.[1]

From Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England, on Halifax

'The mother church, that of St. John the Baptist, stands at the east end of the town; is supposed to have been originally built, in the time of Henry III. All Souls church, or Haley hill church, noticed in our article on HALEY HILL, ranks next in interest to St. Johns. Trinity church, in Harrison lane, was built in 1795; and is a handsome Grecian edifice. St. James' church was built in 1828; St. Mary's church was built in 1869. A new cemetery was formed, in 1841, at a cost of about £5, 000; and another, at StoneyRoyd, was formed in 1861.

An Independent chapel, was built in 1857. Another Independent chapel was built in 1869. There are also three other chapels for Independents, three for Baptists, one for Quakers, one for Unitarians, two for Wesleyans, one for Primitive Methodists, two for New Connexion Methodists, one for United Free Methodists, and one for Roman Catholics.'''There are [additional] places of worship for... Methodists of the New Connexion, Unitarians, and Wesleyans...and a general cemetery for all denominations.[2]

Resources

Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

 Church records

ANC = ancestry.co.uk (£)
BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
FREG = FreeREG - free[4]
FS = FamilySearch.org
HATH = HathiTrust.org
IARC = Archive.org
JOIN = JoinerMarriageIndex.co.uk - (£)
HALIFAX ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH (1538) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1538-1910 1538-1910 1538-1935 1538-1935 1538-1916 1538-1916
BIVRI
1538-1593

FREG 1543-1754 1616-1862 1617-1812
FS 1538-1593,
1720-1910
None 1538-1593,
1720-1920
None 1705-1927 None
JOIN None None 1538-1599 None None None
                                   HALIFAX CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry - see Mount Pellon
HALIFAX HOLY TRINITY CHAPELRY (1795) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1832-1846

None

None

HALIFAX ALL SOULS (NORTHOWRAM) CHAPELRY (1644) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1644-1837, 1843

1646-1823

None

HALIFAX ST AUGUSTINE CHAPELRY (1872) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes  Images  Indexes  Images  Indexes  Images
FS  1872-1894
None
None 
HALIFAX ST HILDA CHAPELRY (1909) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes  Images  Indexes  Images  Indexes  Images
HALIFAX ST JAMES CHAPELRY (1832) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1832-1844, 1856-1896

1837,1859,1881

None

  HALIFAX ST MARY CHAPEL (1856) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1856-1896
None

None

              HALIFAX OLD ST PAUL CHAPELRY (1772) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1833-1870

None

None

BRIGHOUSE CHAPELRY(1701) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1842-1903

1780-1906
1701-1930
COLEY Chapelry (1720) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS   1720-1910  1720-1753;1837-1923

1734-1802;1813-1925
CROSS STONE PARISH (1813) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1813-1838
1828-1837
1828-1833
  ELLAND Chapelry (1600) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1600-1841

1600-1837



AC 1559-1910 
1559-1910 1559-1935 1559-1935 1559-1944 1559-1944
  ERRINGDEN Chapelry (1815) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1815-1835





HEBDEN BRIDGE CHAPELRY (1833) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1833-1870

None

None

  HEPTONSTALL Chapelry (1593) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1599-1899

1593-1872



  ILLINGWORTH Chapelry (1720) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1720-1835

1720-1749
None

  LANGFIELD Chapelry (1707) - see also Heptonstall Chapelry

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
                                         LIGHTCLIFFE Chapelry (1703) Online Records
FS 1720-1846
1706-1724;1838-1920

1710-1934
  LUDDENDEN Chapelry (1652) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1652-1910

1661-1753;1840-1910

1653-1888

  NORLAND Chapelry (1714) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1714-1812

None

None

  NORTHOWRAM Chapelry (1846) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 184

156

19

  RASTRICK Chapelry (1716) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1716-1836

None

None
  RIPPONDEN Chapelry (1684) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1684-1916

1684-1916

1684-1915
  SALTERHEBBLE Chapelry (1847) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1855-1910

1860-1914

1859-1906

  SOWERBY BRIDGE Chapelry (1664) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1720-1861

1720-1751

1847-1861

  SOWERBY BRIDGE ST MARY Chapelry (1848) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1848-1849



   SOWERBY near HALIFAX Chapelry (1651) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1724-1837

[1730-1753; 1846]
None
   SOWERBY ST MARY Chapelry (1782) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1848-1849

None
None
  STAINLAND Chapelry (1782) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1782-1910
None
None

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813.  Church of England records began in 1538 (St. John The Baptist), 1953 (St. James/St. Mary), 1832( St. James), 1903 (St. Hilda), 1872 (St. Augustine), 1798 (Holy Trinity), 1890 (St. Jude), 1870 (St. Mary).

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 464259.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites

References

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848),pp. 372-379. Date accessed: 12 August 2011.
  2. John Marius Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. (1870). Edinburgh.
  3. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 28 October 2014.
  4. 'Yorkshire West Riding,' FreeREG, accessed 22 October 2014.

 

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