United Benefice of Thornhill & Whitley Lower

Serving our local communities

Family History

Our parish registers for the following dates are lodged with the West Yorkshire Archive Service. 

Baptisms 1580-1986

Marriages 1580-1986

Burials     1580-1959

Records are also available at ancestry.com. 


Layout of sections in the Churchyard- this should help you find a particular grave.

see plan  here


Yorkshire Archive Service

The reference is WDP14. Some of the records are available on microfiche; call 01924 305980 to make an appointment. Their website is  www.archives.wyjs.org.uk and they are based at Newstead Road, Wakefield WF1 2DE. 

Archived deposits 2022

Wakefield Family History Society

The Wakefield Family History Society has several indexes which may be useful. Their web site is www.wdfhs.co.uk


Details of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two world wars and are commemorated in the churchyard may be seen in the Power Point  here  


World War 1   Biographies of those on our War memorials or buried in the Churchyard, courtesy of Dewsbury Sacrifices. 

Here :for an Excel List of those from Thornhill Killed in WW1. Profiles are available on the Dewsbury Sacrifices website. http://www.dewsburysacrifices.org/

These are also available in paper form or on our computer at Church.

see here the Biographies of two WW1 Soldiers buried in the churchyard in CWGC Graves. Click on name below.

Windle , J.A.

Littlewood Percy Rooke

We also have some paper versions of records those killed in WW2 and on our War memorials in church.