The Wakefield & District Family History Society was formed in 1997 by a small group of people in order to further their interest in family history. We have since grown to a membership of around 500 from around the world.
The objective of the Society is to advance public education in Family History and Genealogy for the benefit of anyone living in the area of the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council or with interests or family in that area.
To fulfil this aim we organise regular monthly meetings with speakers on a variety of topics, training courses and visits to places of interest to family historians. All members receive a quarterly journal, “The Wakefield Kinsman”.
We also transcribe and publish a wide range of records from parishes, censuses, trade directories, newspapers and other sources which provide invaluable information for those researching their family.
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Yours For Eternity
A talk by John Rumsby based on the correspondence between Henry Coulter and his sweetheart, Lucy Townend. Henry worked as a clerk for the Huddersfield Tramways .He enlisted in 1915 in the Leeds Bantams – these were for men less than 5 ft 3 inches. There letter revealed much about their activities and aspirations of Yorkshire people during difficult times during WW1. Unfortunately, Henry was killed in 1916 before he could read the last letter from Lucy.
Feb. 1st at Outwood Memorial Hall. Doors open at 9.30am for a 10.30am start.