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We hold regular meetings at Burley in Wharfedale (Salem Church Hall) and Grassington (Aynham Close) with speakers on related topics and carry out project work to benefit present and future generations of historians.

Our quarterly journal, The Wharfedale Newsletter, includes articles, information and advice for both the beginner and more experienced member. We are always pleased to have articles to include in the journal and these can be sent by e-mail directly to The Editor. Any item, either on your own family history or about family history in general, no matter how small, will be considered.


The group holds copies of various research aids including the International Genealogical Index and the 1881 census index on microfiche.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at Burley Salem Church Hall, opposite the Queens Hall, starting at 7.30pm and on the third Saturday of each month at Aynham Close, Grassington starting at 2.30pm. A speaker is normally arranged for these dates. The meetings below are scheduled for the near future, members and non-members alike are invited to attend.

The group also has its own library from which members may borrow books and a bookstall selling family and local history publications.

3 Feb 2005 Burley Mariner's Yarns Dr George Ingle
19 Feb 2005 Grassington Local History; Keighley & Haworth M.L. Baumber
3 Mar 2005 Burley The Missing 10 Days from History Nicola Down
19 Mar 2005 Grassington Robin Hood, Yorkshireman Eric Houlder
7 Apr 2005 Burley Nidderdale Yesterday David Alred
16 Apr 2005 Grassington Yorkshire in the Civil War John Symington
5 May 2005 Burley

They Arrived in Chains

Norman Welch

14 May 2005 Addingham

Ecclesiastical Courts - Sin, Sex & Probate

Henry Hacking Beats the Hangman - Twice

Colin R. Chapman


William R. Taylor

21 May Grassington Life in a Victorian Workhouse Ian Dewhirst