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This website contains the following datasets:

  • North Riding
    • 1784 – 1790 inclusive – All Townships.
    • 1853 – 1865 inclusive – ‘M’ Townships only – this includes Middlesbrough, which had the highest number of transactions of any township.
    • 1885 – 1889 inclusive – All Townships.
  • West Riding
    • 1885 – 1889 inclusive – Halifax
  • East Riding
    • 1885 – 1889 inclusive – Kingston upon Hull

How to Search

  • You can search the datasets on this site using the white search boxes above. Please note that these datasets have been transcribed from a handwritten index so spellings can vary. To get the best results, try to keep your search simple, then narrow the results down by adding more information.
    • Example: Search by surname – Looking for transactions involving William Hutton? First, search by surname ‘Hutton’, then add forename ‘William’ or initial ‘W’ to exclude inappropriate results.
    • Example: Search by Township – Looking for transactions in Whitby? First, search by township ‘Whitby’, then restrict results by date range or by surname.
    • Search results can be downloaded as an excel file and printed if required (max 50 results per search). 
  • You can visit the Search Room of the appropriate Record Office/ Archive in person to search the Index Registers. 
  • You can also contact the relevant Record Office and/ or Archive using the contact information provided here and ask them to do a search for you.

Remember…Index Registers contain the following information:

  • Date of Registration (post 1884 only) – please note that the date of the document and the date of registration can be years apart. There was no legal requirement to register a document within a specific period of time.
  • Township name
  • Surname/forename(s) of Parties
  • Reference No of Transaction (Vol/Page/Number)
  • Type of Transaction (post 1884 only)

To access the original document, you will need the reference number from the Index Register.