Felkirk, Yorkshire Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Gotoarrow.png West Riding Gotoarrow.png Felkirk

Parish History

The parish includes the townships of Brierly, Hiendley, Havercroft, Shafton, Cold Hiendley and Grimethorpe and the church is dedicated to St Peters. GENUKI

The word Felkirk is believed to derive from the original wooden church built by Danish Saxons in the 9th Century from the work Fjol Kirche, Fjol meaning a plank or a board or split logs of wood which over many centuries became corrupted into fel, with Kirche meaning church. An alternative explanation would be Field Church based on the fact its in the middle of nowhere but the former is generally believed to be most likely due to the use of the 3 field system. There is no actual town or village by the name of Felkirk.

The current stone church at Felkirk is believed to be the first church built in the north after the Harrying of the North by the William the Conqueror (1069/70). An exact date is not given but is believed to be towards the end of the 11th century by the Norman Lord Ilbert de laci. Various extensions have been built over the centuries and the church still serves the surrounding community despite the surrounding villages now having their own churches.

The school room also built on the same site was built in 1580 and has recently been refurbished to a high quality.

Much more detail can be found on the Brierly Village website.


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

Online Felkirk, Yorkshire Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
1701-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[1]

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 was created before 1813.  Church of England records began in 1701.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, nonconformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

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.

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

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Web sites


  1. West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1512-1812 at Ancestry (£). Described as Felkirk with Brierley, St Peter. Partially indexed.