See the Bradford Family History Society Programme

Bradford Family History Society meetings are held each month on the first Thursday and third Monday of each month – click on the tabs below for details

Programme for 2017

Two Bradford Family History Society meetings are held each month and there is an admission charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members.

Unless otherwise stated in the schedules below, meetings will be held at:

Gumption Centres Ltd
Glyde House

Please note:

  • The venue has wheelchair access and a PA system.
  • NB. The Society holds public liability insurance but not personal accident insurance. Members are therefore responsible for their own personal accident cover when they attend meetings and are involved in other Society activities at their own risk.
  • Thursday morning meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of each month.
  • Tea/coffee from 10:00 am when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
  • The formal meeting begins at 10:30am.

Schedule of Thursday Meetings in 2017

7 DecJuvenile Crime in Victorian Bradford
Young boys and girls in Bradford, in the early 1870’s, who had been sent to reformatories all over the north of England.
Janet Senior
4 JanWhy Hitler?
Who was the man and how did he manage to become so powerful?
Richard Winpenny
1 Feb 10 things you didn’t know about using Eastwood
1 Mar‘For Gawd Sake don’t send me!’ The 1916-18 draft and the working of the military service tribunalsDavid Millichope
5 AprThe Royal Visit King George and Queen Mary come to the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1912Christine Leveridge
3 MayBermuda, Berlin & Brill – 2 wars, 2 wives - the stage is set. The fascinating world of family history research.Jackie Depelle
7 JunKeep It In The Family How to keep your family research for others to appreciate Sue McGeever
5 JulThe Peace Museum Details to followVisit
2 AugAn Ancestral Journey going forwards & backwards - Pitfalls in researchAnne Oakden
6 SepThe Social Composition of Scar Top Sunday School and Chapel 1851-1888 Robert Schofield
4 OctTracing emigrants in Workhouse Records – with the North Bierley Poor Law UnionSylvia Valentine
1 NovThe Cooperative Society - a pictorial account of the storesJanet Senior
6 DecBradford's Pioneering Women - women reformers in late 19th Century Bradford.Helen Broadhead
  • Monday evening meetings usually take place on the third Monday of each month.
  • Tea/coffee from 7.00 pm when there is the opportunity to discuss research problems.
  • The formal meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Schedule of Monday Meetings in 2017

20 NovDNA for Family HistoriansCarolyn Huston
18 DecWhat Do You Want For Christmas?
Comparison of the main family history subcription sites, magazines and anything else that takes our fancy.
15 JanMirrors A Case study of the German spy ‘Klatt’ and how the Germans spied on the Russians in WW2Phil Judkins
19 FebVictorian Police Victorian Policing – My Gt Gt Grandfather was probably Bradford’s longest-serving constable.Gaynor Haliday
19 MarBradford Men on the Western Front Reconstructing a first world war battle from the family historian's perspective"Fraser Skirrow
16 AprAGM, 'Bring&Share' Supper & An evening Drop-In Session Bring your problems and issues and break down your brick wallsCommittee
21 MayEvolution of Asylum Patient Photography Images captured over 150 yearsDavis Scrimgeour
18 JunThe History of Bradford’s Fire BrigadeChris Smith
16 JulThe Police Museum Details to followVisit
20 AugCatholics in Ormskirk – from the early Elizabethan period to the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 Kaye Hurst
17 SepYorkshire Indexers Website Steve Miller
15 OctLost on the Lusitania Bill Taylor
19 NovA Peck of Dirt - Living Conditions through the agesPeter Watson
17 DecNewspapers & Mince Pies Committee

Here are some of our past meetings in 2017

5 Jan“The Turnpike Road System in England for Local & Family Historians”
A general history of the Turnpike Road
Edgar Holroyd-Doveton
16 JanA Mormon Pioneer
How did John Croft born in Bingley in 1836 become one of the leading Mormon pioneers of the time? From his ordinary start as the son of a husbandman to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gaynor Halliday
2 Feb“Returned to the Regiment”
The life story of Lt. Col. Sir Gilbert Mackereth M.C. who was one of the commanders of the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in WW1.
In addition, the exhumation of his remains from his threatened grave in Spain and return of his cremated remains and medals to Bury
Terry Dean
20 FebLies, Damned lies & Registration
This talk looks at some of the “mistakes” – deliberate or otherwise – that have occurred on birth, marriage and death certificates. Knowing the sort of lies that informant’s make might help you to work out what the truth really is.
Barbara Dixon
2 MarSpeed leaning in the Local Studies Library
Come and learn about various sources for family history research.
20 MarHats & Huts
An illustrated account of the YMCA civilian volunteers who travelled to France to run the canteens and recreation huts provided for the use of the ‘Tommies’ when they were away from the front line
Sue McGeever
6 AprMore Deadly than the Male: Unusual Roles performed by Women in 20th century Conflict
The talk spans both First and Second World Wars with references to post-war conflicts, and covers roles on land, at sea (and undersea), in the air, in clandestine roles and on the home front, with examples of roles which many will find impossible to believe.
Phil Judkins
24 AprAGM followed by ‘Adoption – an overview and guidance for the family historian’.Lorraine Birch
4 MayClassic Yorkshire Crimes
The talk includes a number of murders from across the county including Eugene Aram, Mary Bateman, the Luddites of 1812-13 and the case of Jonathon Martin.
Martin Baggoley
15 MayAn introduction to Heraldry for family historians
Often wonder what those patterns on knights’ shields are? Now is your chance.
Gillian Waters
1 JunVisit to Borthwick Institute and York
All day trip setting off at 9am, cost £5 for members and £10 for guests. Drop off at Borthwick Institute and York centre. Please book in advance.
19 JunQuaker Origins in the North
The former President of Friends Historical Society, will talk about Quaker origins in the North in 17th century England, and will explain the various Quaker sources for family historians.
David Boulton
6 JulEarly Asylum Life
The lives of just some of the patients admitted to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, Yorkshire between 1818 and 1869.
David Scringeour
17 JulVisit to Undercliffe Cemetery
Meet at the Lodge, Undercliffe Lane Entrance at 6.30pm
Neil McLellan
3 AugVisit to Fulneck
Meet in the Car Park at 10:30am
21 AugFormer Police Stations of Bradford show -
a slide show
Chris Binns
7 SepNo place Like Home
The many and varied institutions that housed Britain’s children
Peter Higginbotham
18 SepOrigin of Surnames
Where did your name come from?
Peter Watson
5 OctThe Chartist Land Plan in Calderdale & Queens HeadAnne Kirker
16 OctJowett Cars – Pride of Bradford
The early history of the company, models through the 1920’s and 1930’s, Wartime activity, the post WWII models and the demise of the company.
Paul Beaumont
2 NovCopyright
An interesting talk, with examples, of what copyright means for the family historian by the expert at West Yorkshire Archives.
Stefanie Davison