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The national journal known as "Notes and Queries" began life in November 1849, and continues up to the present day. The journal defines itself as "A Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc". Notes and Queries can best be compared to an early version of an Internet Newsgroup, where people would write in with their queries, and hopefully someone who knew the answer would reply in a subsequent issue. The queries were interspersed with all manner of interesting articles on history, biography, genealogy, archaeology, topography, and many other topics.

Several counties followed the national example of Notes and Queries, and Yorkshire was no exception.


Series 1

There has been two, unconnected, series of journals bearing the name "Yorkshire Notes and Queries". The first appeared in 1888, and was edited by J. Horsfall Turner, and ran to over 250 pages. At the same time Volume 1 of the "Yorkshire Folk-Lore Journal: With Notes Comical and Dialectic" appeared (these two publications can often be found bound together in many of Yorkshire's antiquarian bookshops).

In 1890, Volume II appeared under the title: "Yorkshire Notes and Queries, with which is incorporated Yorkshire Folk-Lore Journal". This amalgamated work ran to over 360 pages. Again, at the same time appeared the "Yorkshire Genealogist, with which is incorporated Yorkshire Bibliographer", and these two amalgamations can also be found bound into one volume.

All the above volumes are only partly indexed. If an article concentrated on a particular person or family then their names would be found in the index. However, if an article contained lists of names, such as a parish register transcript, or a War Memorial, or Lists of Students at a particular school, then all the names on those lists would NOT appear in the indices.

Series 2

The second series of journals under the title: "Yorkshire Notes and Queries, being The Antiquarian History of Yorkshire", was edited by Chas. F. Forshaw. This series of journals made no reference to the previous series of the same name. The first journal appeared in April 1904, priced 3d, and subsequent issues were monthly. The twelve monthly issues were subsequently reissued in a single volume, bearing the date 1905. Five volumes in all were eventually issued, the last finished with the month of March 1909. In the preface to Volume 5 Mr. Forshaw appeared to realise that the end of his dear publication was near, when he wrote:

"Volume V of "Yorkshire Notes and Queries" is now before its readers, whether it shall prove the last volume or not rests exclusively with them. personally, I am more than willing and desirous that it should be continued, but owing to the death of a very large number of subscribers and the unwillingness of others to renew their subscriptions it cannot possibly exist any longer as a monthly publication."

Sadly, the support was not there, and the publication ceased.


Series 1

The first series had both a List of Contents, and at the end of each volume an Index Nominum and an Index Locorum. It is the Index Nominum to each that has been scanned and they are available through the links in the SURNAME INDEXES frame to the left.

Series 2

The indexes to series 2 are not separated into an Index Nominum and an Index Locorum as in the case of the first series, but rather as a consolidated index / list of contents to each volume.

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