YAS Project

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society Family History Section vacated Claremont House in 2016. Prior to leaving, they approached us in relation to 15 Archive boxes containing Memorial Inscriptions from various sources which were due to be placed in long term storage.

In a joint project the 35,000 documents were scanned and the transcription and indexing of the records commenced.

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  • YAS Project Commenced
    On Wednesday 18th May 2016, Mike Alan and myself attended a meeting at the YAS Family History Section. In response to a request discuss a joint venture to digitise and transcribe their collection of Monumental Inscriptions held in their archives. We are pleased to announce a very fruitful outcome for[…]

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  1. For many years I have been trying to find where my grandfather is buried. His name is John Murray; born in Leeds in 1865 but died in Ackworth in 1918. The Ackworth Cemetery was not opened until 1942. He was a Roman Catholic and I assume wasn’t buried in the church graveyards in Ackworth, which are Church of England. I have visited Ackworth on a number of occasions but couldn’t find any headstones in either of the C of E churches. I was told that there was a burial book, but this wasn’t held by the church; also that some records were destroyed in a fire. It mentions in the YAS index that records do exist for St Cuthberts, Friends Cemetery and the Ackworth burial book. I wondered if you could offer me any advice to help me solve this matter. Thank you.

    1. Hi Ken,
      I can’t find a John Murray in the Acworth Cemeteries, the closest I could find was:-
      Wakefield Cemetery
      Roman Cath. Reg. 1 1859-1936
      Entry 2210
      Burial John MURRAY
      10 Dec 1918
      Age 76 Years
      Birth Year 1842
      Grave Type RC
      Grave Section K
      Grave Number 489
      Burial Register 12
      Page 246
      Page Row 15

      Sorry I can’t be of more help.
      All the best

  2. Thanks Mike,

    I’m grateful to you for your help; you must have spent a lot of time doing this. Whilst the date of death is similar, the birth date is very different. Also, Ackworth was a small village and I feel that his family would have tried to have him buried not far away. Wakefield is 8 miles away and I don’t think that the family could have arranged for and attended a burial this far away, as I assume that the hearse would have had to be pulled by horses. Also World War 1 was still being fought I believe. He did work at one time as a blacksmith in Badsworth, which is 2 or 3 miles away; that could be a possible place. If not both Hemsworth and Pontefract have catholic churches and are only 3 or 4 miles away, so again possible.

    I would appreciate any further help or advice that you could provide.

    Kind regards,

    Ken Hudson

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