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Historical talk, Sat 23 Nov 2019, free entry




Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

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An ideal course for anyone who has started building their family tree and wants to confirm basic steps and recording techniques, both paper and computer based.

We'll look at the main sources for research to get back to 1837 and which websites are best suited for this material. Then we'll learn about Parish Registers to take us further back in time, how they were compiled, where they are today and what can be found online.

In addition we'll also have a brief look at probate indexes for students to check which of our ancestors left wills and how to get copies if so. There will be opportunities to ask questions and followup some avenues of personal research along the way.

This course is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Sat 23 Nov 2019 10:30 to 15:30


Free entry

Booking essential. Adults only.

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Plan route to Pontefract Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups