Ilkley, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Guide to IIkley, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Ilkley, Yorkshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Claro; Skyrack
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Carlton Gilbert Union
Registration District Otley; Skipton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1597
Bishop's Transcripts: 1598
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Craven
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

Parish History[edit | edit source]

ILKLEY (All Saints), a parish, chiefly in the Upper division of the wapentake of Claro, and partly in the Upper division of that of Skyrack, W. riding of York, 5¾ miles (N. N. W.) from Otley; containing, with the townships of Middleton, and Nesfield with Langbar. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online data content from chapelry registers of Ilkley exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

AC = (£)[2][3][4]
FREG = FreeREG - free[5]
FS =
JOIN = - (£)
ILKLEY PARISH (1597) Online Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1597-1812
AC 1813-1910 1813-1910 1813-1923 1813-1923 1813-1955 1813-1955
FREG 1597-1812 1597-1812 1597-1655
FS 1597-1909 1597-1847, 1877, 1879 None
JOIN None 1597-1837 None

To find the names of the neighboring 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.

Census records[edit | edit source]

This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813.  Church of England records began in 1597 (All Saints), and 1879 (St. Margaret).

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.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 603-608. Date accessed: 26 October 2013.
  2. 'West Yorkshire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910,' Ancestry, accessed 12 May 2014.
  3. 'West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935,' Ancestry, accessed 12 May 2014.
  4. 'West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985,' Ancestry, accessed 13 May 2014.
  5. 'Yorkshire West Riding,' FreeREG, accessed 22 October 2014.