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Yorkshire formally known as the County of York, is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. The county town is York. Historically, Yorkshire was divided into three ridings and the Ainsty of York. The term 'riding' is of Viking origin and derives from Threthingr meaning a third part. The three ridings in Yorkshire were named the East Riding, West Riding and North Riding. Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are vast stretches of unspoiled countryside. This includes the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and part of the Peak District National Park. The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose. Yorkshire Day, held annually on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire, including its history to its own dialect.


Welcome to the Yorkshire Team!

Team Leader: Joan Whitaker and Dave Welburn


This Team covers the whole of Yorkshire, Cleveland and Humberside. The goal of the Yorkshire Team is to raise the standards of Yorkshire profiles across the board, to devise topics to work on which will increase the presence of Yorkshire profiles on WikiTree and to provide resources and assistance to those working on Yorkshire profiles.

What we do

  • We are responsible for improving the profiles of people from Yorkshire, This includes sourcing, connecting, merging duplicates, correcting database errors, and writing biographies. We clean up Yorkshire gedcom profiles and untangle family errors.
  • We create profiles for prominent or notable Yorkshire people and connect them to our global tree.
  • We oversee of the Yorkshire category to ensure that our information is up to date and is consistent with the other England county pages. This includes the revision of our categories, adding correct categories and deleting incorrect or unnecessary categories as needed. It also includes monitoring the page to ensure that all profiles are placed into the most accurate sub-category possible and not into any of the parent categories.
  • We maintain the Yorkshire Resources page by adding new information, checking hyperlinks are not broken and removing information that is no longer relevant.
  • We create free space pages related to events and places in Yorkshire.
  • When we can, we help and advise others who are working on Yorkshire profiles. This includes answering questions asked on G2G.


Yorkshire Resources

Check out some Yorkshire Resources here.

Suggestions for the Future

  • Create a free space page to list of significant events and dates that had major social impact on the people of Yorkshire. e.g, The coming of the canals and opening of coal mines. Changes to the Fishing Industry. Wars and Battles, Epedemics. Disasters.
  • Make a Free Space page listing Yorkshire Churches and the years their records started and where they are held.
  • Make list of Famous People from Yorkshire and create profiles for them. See Famous People from Yorkshire and Wikipedia.

Team Members Specific Interests

Team Member Interests Currently working on
Joan WhitakerThe West Riding. The Yorkshire Coal Mining Industry Own Family, Yorkshire Coal mining disasters - Creating profiles for those killed in Colliery Disasters and their family members. Yorkshire unknowns
Carol Gilbert The East Riding of Yorkshire Own Family, Developing earlier profiles and cleaning profiles for Foothead, Kellington, Smelt, Stather, Jewitt and Lund in particular, Extending family links, Building area knowledge, and investigating wills.
Richard CraneThe villages between Wakefield and Huddersfield Own family were shepherds in Norfolk and came north to become coal miners following the decline of farming.
Lynn Drasdo West Riding, especially Bradford and surrounding areas such as Halifax, Dewsbury Sourcing Yorkshire profiles, mainly 1500- 1700 at the moment, own tree Robertshaw/Harrison/Richardson
Paul Shepard Handsworth, Dewsbury, Sheffield area Family connections including the Herring, Medley, Payne and Scothorne variants.
Dave Welburn As a true Yorkshireman, Iam intersted in the whole county. My own family stretches from Hull in the south, the East Coast, Up past Durham, and over in the west to Halifax and Sheffield. Tidying up my own lines, i.e. checking sources, categorising, and general clean up. At the same time working on other areas of the country, following the source-a-thon.
Michael CayleyCayleys of Brompton and families with which they intermarried; Legard family; Yorkshire Quakers; some Yorkshire notables Cayley and Legard families and their connections; Quakers
Jen HuttonNorth Riding and the city of York; Hutton family and their connections Husband's family includes two Archbishops of York, a number of Sheriffs of Yorkshire, and other notables who I would like to develop profiles for; working currently on making a dent in our unsourced profiles and beginning work toward pre-1500 certification.
Fred Adamson West Riding. Bradford, Keighley, Addingham, etc. Family names Stowell, Armitage, and more. Working specifically on "Unsourced" and Orphaned profiles in multiple counties.
Jean Brooks North Riding, Bedale; West Riding around Leeds; and Hatfield near Doncaster, bordering into Lincolnshire and Isle of Axholme. Also other counties adjacent to Yorkshire. Sorting my own profiles and extending the families. Adding sources to unsourced profiles and learning more about WikiTree.
Elaine MattsenAdding to my own profiles, sourcing in general and Yorkshire profiles Family names I am extending are Cleverly, Vizzard, Clements, Yeodell
Sam SteelMy main interest is Middlesbrough and the surrounding area but I have ancestors from all over the entire county. Currently adding detail to my already added profiles..
LaJuana West
Carol Collins
David Stephenson Hull, East Yorks, North Yorks, North Lincs including the Isle of Axholme, North Eastern Scotland Extending own my family on WikiTree. Working on Yorkshire Unsourced Profiles.
Louis Ogden I am primarily focused on area around Bingley, Bradford and Halifax parishes.My Ogden ancestors emigrated to America from the Bingley about 1640. In researching them, I have developed quite a genealogical database of folks from Halifax/Haworth/Bradford/Bingley Parishes and intend to work at getting them all into WikiTree.
Richard Murison
Carol Thoma Many of my ancestors are from Yorkshire. Right now, I'm just getting familiar with the project and deciding which profiles I want to work with.
Chris Hilder
Sondra Marshall The East Riding of Yorkshire Primarily working on my own extended family located in and near Hull, Market Weighton, South Cliff, North Newbald, and Skeffling.
Katie Fuller
David Knapp Sr
Greg Webber
John Machell YorkshireMy current focus is the creation of profiles for the Machell One Name Study; especially those in Yorkshire, where I was born. I am also working on unsourced Yorkshire profiles, profile improvements, and completing the England Orphan Trail
Ruth Jowett
Susie Officer Interests: Customs and whaling industry (ex. Hull) and glass enamellers.
Names: Beilby/Bielby. Also; Boyes, Danby, Simpson, Hawkins, Briggs, Drinkrow, Sawden
Working on: The family of Robert Beilby (bef.1813-bef.1860) who...
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... ... ... migrated from Yorkshire, England to Victoria, Australia on Young America in 1858.
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Next: William Beilby, Glass Enameller

Doug Warren General work on Yorkshire and working with the team; focus on Great Ouseburn, Thornhill, Manningham, Bradford, Cottingham, Kingston upon Hull Maternal 2nd great grandfather William Kay (1835–1919) who immigrated to US from Yorkshire; I currently had his as son of George Samuel Kay and Mary (Niehaus Kay. However, I'm exploring family of notable Ellis (Cunliffe) Cunliffe-Lister-Kay (1774–1853 of Manningham, because his 2nd wife Mary (Kay) Cunliffe-Lister-Kay (1774–1844) , who was the daughter of William Kay (–1842) of Cottingham, near Hull. I'm currently doing research trying to resolve these linkages, especially for the William's and Mary's .
Damien Blunderfield-Garwood
Maureen Fearn Sheffield Area, especially parishes of Bradfield and Ecclesfield Working on father's line family names and suggestions in Yorkshire, generally
Graham FarmerDearne Valley Area Working mainly on own family and improving South Yorkshire profiles
Ann-Marie Hamblett Working on Yorkshire profiles and sourcing
Raewyn VincentEast Riding, Swine Parish, Holderness area and Hull.Working on Carrick name, primarily in East Yorkshire at the moment. Also working on database suggestions and sourcing.
Susan PearsonSurnames: Hitch, Harding, Sowry & Medley and some Yorkshire notablesWorking on
Philip Norton
Mary Koler

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Couldn't work out who to direct my query to, so here's hoping.

Would like the correct location category for Sherburn (near Scarborough) please which is also listed as Sherburn in Hartford Lythe, as well as being listed as Sherburn York. Have already used 'Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire' for some profiles, which may be incorrect.

There is also a (new) cemetery I want to list/link, yet FAG lists it at Sherburn, Ryedale District, North Yorkshire. Perhaps this is part of the St Hilda's Church, Sherburn, Yorkshire (East Riding) ?

Appreciate any assistance,

Jenny Grainger

posted by Jenny Grainger
The category is Category:Sherburn (East Riding), Yorkshire. There is a category for St Hilda's Church as a Religious Congregation; a new cemetery category would be "St Hilda's Churchyard, Sherburn, Yorkshire" and would be listed under "North Yorkshire, Cemeteries" as Sherburn moved from the East Riding to North Yorkshire in 1974.

Sherburn in Elmet is a different place, formerly in the West Riding but now also in North Yorkshire.

posted by Stephen Heathcote
edited by Stephen Heathcote
FindAGrave always uses the current, as opposed to historic place name/county, if that helps.
posted by Porter Fann
They're going to have to change all of the North Yorkshire ones on 1 April when all of the districts are abolished and replaced by North Yorkshire Unitary Authority!
posted by Stephen Heathcote
Heya, folk -- I nominated Richard Thomas Griffiths OBE as a support profile for next week's Connection-Finder theme of Santa. It seems he is managed by the England Project, but has no picture, no bio, and is not Connected. He would need all three to be considered. Anyone up for the challenge?
posted by Melanie Paul

I'm not sure whether this would come under "Yorkshire" or "Topics" (or both). My great-grandfather and his brother were both resident in the 'Port of Hull Society Sailors Orphan Home' (later 'Newland Homes' and now 'Sailors Children's Society' in Hull the 1881 census. I have just discovered (rather late in the year) that this was founded in 1821 - so 2021 is its 200th Anniversary. I think it would be good to try to find out about the children (and possibly staff) who were there - I would start with 1881, as that's when my family members were there. If anybody could advise how to go about this, I would be grateful.

posted by Ruth Jowett
I now have a formal One Place Study for this institution (

Also, could my interests be edited to include this, along with my own family (from Hull area and Halifax) Thank you

posted by Ruth Jowett

Please can I please have a new category for the village (and parish) of Burythorpe. It was historically in East Yorkshire, but since 1974 it is in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.

Many thanks, Roy

posted by Roy Walmsley
I have profiles that I want to categorize as being from Thornton by Pocklington, otherwise known as Thornton on Spalding Moor. You don't seem to have a category specifically for this Thornton. You have a category for Thornton, and in it mention that it is the Thornton that is an area of the city of Bradford. You also mention that there is Thornton by Pocklington. Since the two are geographically separated, can a category for Thornton by Pocklington (aka Thornton on Spalding Moor) be created, please?

Thank you in advance, Roy

posted by Roy Walmsley
I see there are quite a few profiles from "Thornton by Pocklington" on the Thornton, Yorkshire, category already, presumably because people could not find a category for them. Perhaps the simplest solution would be to change "Thornton, Yorkshire", to "Thornton by Pocklington"? I think is misleading to have an unqualified category for "Thornton, Yorkshire", as there are so many of them, but removing it completely might lead to problems for people who have picked it up from a census and don't know which one - discuss! The present description says "Thornton is a village within the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England Also called Thornton-by-Pocklington." which is incorrect, these places are 55 miles apart and there is an existing category for Thornton near Bradford. The description should probably be changed at least.
posted by Lynn Drasdo
I think you are right, Lynn. There needs to be a new category for "Thornton (by Pocklington), Yorkshire". The profiles in the "Thornton, Yorkshire" category need to be checked and moved to the appropriate Thornton and then "Thornton, Yorkshire" needs to be deleted. Are there any other Thorntons that do not yet have categories?
posted by Stephen Heathcote
Thank you Lynn. I see you have already changed Thornton to Thornton by Pocklington. I think that is a good solution. It is always a problem when multiple places in the same county have the same short form names. In my opinion, we should always use the long form names to distinguish, and not have a short form option. This forces researchers to make their own choice, as opposed to it being a random choice for the short form, and ending up being the wrong one half the time.
posted by Roy Walmsley
All profiles now moved and the "Thornton, Yorkshire" category is set for deletion. A couple of profiles belonged in Thornton le Dale!
posted by Stephen Heathcote
Does anyone have any information on any Doude, Dowde, Dodde, Dod, Dowdy or similar surnames in Yorkshire or close by? Any year would help tremendously. I'm stuck. Thanks!
posted by Cameron Dowdy
I have a copy of the book "The Diary of Robert Sharp of South Cave"...Life in a Yorkshire Village 1812-1837. Just received it and haven't read it yet but in the index there is Dr William Dodd, William Dodds, William Dow and Mr Dowding. Does any of that sound like it might help?
posted by Susie (Potter) Officer
I would love that!! I’m really getting stuck because there are a million spellings and half the older ancestors didn’t use a last name, but just the place.
posted by Cameron Dowdy
The earliest person I could see in a record anywhere was Alice Dowd baptised 22 Feb 1630 at Crayke, about 40 miles from South Cave which Susan mentioned. I have a book with over 39000 surnames for the West Riding Hearth Tax 1672, and there is only one entry anything like, a Widow Dods of Gowdall. Gowdall was later in the East Riding and is only 20 miles from South Cave.

Oops! Crayke was North Riding I think, not East. It's all east of where I am!

posted by Lynn Drasdo
edited by Lynn Drasdo
Hi Cameron, Dowde is my mother's maiden name, I have taken that side of my family back to John Dowde Born circa 1788, he is my brick wall. The majority of my Dowde's are from Hull originally and then moved to Sheffield. If I can help in any way please let me know. Chris.
posted by Chris Haynes
Dear Fellow WikiTreers, As part of the Derbyshire team I'm always looking for new notables but I think this is one of yours in Yorkshire!

Thomas Boulsover He developed Sheffield plate and has a memorial I walked by and can photograph if you would like me to.,-1.5358925,121m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x4879798326e1d555:0x349d0e3c4b2fde5b!2sEcclesfield!3b1!8m2!3d53.4569161!4d-1.4933912!3m4!1s0x4879812a71ce99e7:0xc4ca3d4a41d219c9!8m2!3d53.3616144!4d-1.5356773?hl=en

Britannica say Elkington Derbyshire which I can't find ?Eckington but Stephen Heathcote & I think Yorkshire.

Wikipedia says born Longley baptised Ecclesfield. Mother Hathersage. Best wishes, Simon

posted by Simon Daniell
As a PS: there was a Thomas Boulsover christened in Eckington, Derbyshire, on 8 Feb 1705/06, but the details don't match what is on Wikipedia. I think he is a different person. Britannica might have conflated them.
posted by Stephen Heathcote