Research

We carry out our research using primary and secondary source information and use the information these to create a time-line biography of the person. All the sources we use are fully referenced in our archive. Our database holds information on local people who served as far back as the Peninsula War and the Battle of Waterloo.


Some examples of primary sources that we use:
Birth, Marriage and Death records
Census records
Electoral and Burgess rolls
Medals and Awards rolls
Service records
Pension records
Silver War Badge rolls
Soldier's Effects records
Local hospital registers
Wills and Probate records
International Red Cross archives
War Diaries
Memorial inscriptions
Burial records


Some examples of secondary sources that we use:
Newspaper Archive records
Family stories
Personal accounts
Oral histories
Diary accounts


We also access several unique local archives held at Keighley Library:
Keighley News on Microfilm (WW1) (servicemen's names listed in index cards)
Keighley War Scrapbook (WW2) (servicemen's names listed in index cards)
Keighley's Gallant Sons (this book lists those who volunteered before conscription began)
Herbert A. France Archive [BK424] (He was a sub-editor for the Keighley News who saved everything in scrapbooks and diaries for the period)
6th Volunteer Battalion West Riding Regiment - Adjutant's Photo Album [BK34/1a] Local obituaries (names listed in index cards)
Keighley War Hospital - Register of Patients [BK39]


If you are interested in working with us to carry out research we will be able to help you to locate and interpret these records.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to help.

2 Responses

  1. maurice emmott pivate 4542229 west yorkshire reg. 1936.harold emmott 1914 fought in france war 1 any information re recordes of both my farther and grandfarther harold. we are creatting a famity tree if possible any emmott info would be aprecated. regards peter e you can contact me or my wife susan we were marid 1967 church green .
    • Andy Wade
      Hello Peter, I've responded by email to your enquiry. Kind regards, Andy.

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