The parishes given are those which existed for some hundreds of years before 1834, when civil (as opposed to ecclesiastical) parishes started to be introduced. If you are researching before 1834, it is essential to know which parish to look in or you may never find the relevant parish record.
The parish name is always highlighted and selecting it will take you to the appropriate parish page. On that page you should be able to find some information on each place within the parish (the amount of information varies considerably).
Where there is more than one place with the same name, there is a separate entry for each place, however there may be more than one entry for those parishes which overlap Riding boundaries (e.g. Acaster Malbis). I have tried to put in all the variations in spelling that I know about, however I have undoubtedly missed some, so if you know of any, please drop me a line.
Please note that these "Where is it" pages form an index to all of the place data on the Genuki Yorkshire pages. These pages refer to pre 1974 boundary changes, and most of it to the parishes before 1834, thus North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Cleveland, and North Humberside are not listed (all post 1974).
If you fail to find the place you are looking for, consider a different spelling: - you might like to try Roger Quick's guide to strange Yorkshire place names for some ideas, or, for the West Riding only, a list of very old names (Domesday onwards) with their modern equivalents, generated by Carolyn Fenwick.
In order to assist in searching for names which have been changed by "Chinese Whispers" etc., a list containing all the place names, but with no hyperlinks, is available. This allows the names to be searched with a text editor (remember to save the file when you have downloaded it). You will of course have to go back to the hyperlinked files to get to the place you want.
Three words you need to know about:
If your place name ends in "brough" or "borough" and you can't find it, then try the alternative spelling.
If your place name ends in bro' or boro', these are abreviations for "brough" and "borough" respectively, however they are not always used correctly so you should look at the other spelling if you can't find the one given.
If the place name can be split eg. REDHOUSE, then try under the split name (RED HOUSE), and of course vice versa.
If you want to locate the place on a map, then you can download a large and detailed map of the county which you can keep and print. Not all the places are marked, but all Cities, Towns and Villages and at least 90% of the Hamlets are marked, along with some single houses. Please see also How to locate a present day house, street, or place.
Of course it may be that the place you are looking for may not be in Yorkshire at all (despite the Census data saying it is!). Try the web mapsite: