Family History
The Society organises a winter programme from September to March

Family history sessions will begin again from the beginning of October at 2pm - 5pm on the first Saturday and third Thursday of the month.  The attached schedule lists the dates we are open. Numbers at each session are limited and pre-booking is required by emailing info@evergreenancestry.com. Masks and hand sanitisation will also be required.

The Family History Group was first formed in 2008. It is a sub-group of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society and meets regularly at the Birchcliffe Centre to further our knowledge of the people who live and have lived in the Upper Calder Valley. We also are happy to help local people who are researching their own families in different parts of the country.

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The aim of the group is to promote and assist the study of genealogy and family history, the prime interest being the study of people and where they live. It does this by offering members an opportunity to meet like-minded people locally and to share their interests, resources and experience. (More information)

We are have been transcribing the gravestones in the Heptonstall Old Churchyard now for several years. It is an enormous task especially when working on the older graves. The results can be accessed on this website. Another team is also transcribing the graves in the ‘new’ churchyard and we hope this also will also soon be available on the website. (Link to Graveyards). We then hope to continue the task in other local graveyards. Anyone interested in joining this group please contact Barbara Atack.

On Saturdays please use the green door at the side of the Birchcliffe Centre (Chapel Avenue side).

Family History

Family History Report February 2014

Family History Report August 2013

Family History Report May 2013

Family History Report April 2012

Newsletter August 2011

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Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

Upper Calderdale's suitability for the preservation of local cultural tradition is nowhere shown as strongly as in its wealth of folk tales about places, many of which are still being passed on by word of mouth.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.