Help and advice for Whitby Parish information from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835., Yorkshire
So you are having problems researching your family history. This is something that we
all suffer from, and one of the best ways of getting help is to join a Family History
Society. As Yorkshire was a large and populous county, there are a
number of societies
each covering different parts of the county.
If you want an answer quickly, then ask it on one of the email lists.
Yorkshire has several of these
Please don't ask for personal advice from the Genuki Yorkshire site maintainer, as
frequently I don't not have the local knowledge that you require (I'm from Grinton in Swaledale), or the time to provide
such a service. If the information you want is not on the page, then you will need to look elsewhere.
For instance it's possible that the information you are looking for in contained in one of the books on CD from
Yorkshire CD books, Yorkshire Ancestors
or similar companies.
I have not been able to find any time in the last five years to do my own research, so
please don't ask me to do any research for you as if I replied the answer would unfortunately
The first place you should look if you are interested in a particular surname, is the
Guild of One Name Studies. The
members collect and research
information about all occurrences of the particular surname they are researching.
The other source of place to look is the surname lists that individuals maintain for
particular locations. Have a look at the
Yorkshire surname list
You may wish to contribute some information about Yorkshire.
If you want to supply information about your own family, or a link to your family
web page, then I'm sorry but you're out of luck. We are trying to provide information
that will interest most users, and that would tend to be swamped by personal
information. Links to personal pages are also a maintenance nightmare, as experience
has shown that they change URL's or disappear quite frequently. I suggest you use the
surname lists for this purpose.
Now if that hasn't put you off, it is quite likely that you may know some basic facts
that will be of use to other people. For example look at a page with plenty of
That's bound to give you some ideas of what can be provided.
If you have found a problem on any Yorkshire page, then
please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it.
Send message to Colin Hinson
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