Sheffield & District Family History Society
Books, maps, membership, thousands of downloadable transcribed records - baptisms, marriages, burials and more
Sheffield is England's fourth largest city (pop. 513,000 2001 Census). It developed as a medieval market town beside the castle stronghold of the lords of the manor of Hallamshire at the confluence of the Rivers Don and Sheaf in the foothills of the Eastern Pennines. Cutlery and edge tools were made here from at least the thirteenth century making use of local supplies of iron ore and charcoal and the power harnessed from the many small fast flowing streams. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Sheffield 1570-84 spending part of this time in the Norman castle, which was captured by the Parliamentarians in 1644 and demolished after the end of the civil wars.
In the eighteenth century Sheffield Plate was invented in the town and a variety of silverware and fancy goods were manufactured. The Industrial Revolution had a major impact on Sheffield transforming it into a great Victorian city and one of the major steel manufacturing centres of the world. In the nineteenth century 90% of the country's steel was made here and thousands and thousands of people poured into the area to work in the expanding industries. Changes in the global economy, manufacturing practice and government policy saw a massive reduction in the numbers of the local workforce engaged in steel production in the later twentieth century. Alloys, special steels and cutlery are still made locally but the city's economic base has diversified to include a range of service industries and a role as a major regional retail centre. The city is also home to two universities: the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University that between them bring over 40,000 students into the city from across England and the world.
The city has two cathedrals, both located in the city centre. The parish church of St Peter and St Paul (14th-15th century) is the Church of England cathedral of Sheffield bishopric, which was established 1914. St Marie's, a fine nineteenth century building, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Hallam. The City Museum in Weston Heritage Park houses an interactive exhibition that traces the history of the city from earliest times. There are two art galleries: the Graves and the Mappin. The Millennium Gallery in the city centre, alongside the Winter Gardens and the award winning Peace Gardens is home to the Ruskin collection, a permanent Metalworking gallery and touring exhibitions run in conjunction with the V&A in London. There are two major theatres, the Crucible, which opened in 1971 with its magnificent thrust stage and the restored, traditional Lyceum theatre, which reopened in 1990. The city centre is a vibrant place, with cafes, bars and new developments for city living.
The city has an active Family History Society that meets monthly and produces a quarterly journal. Members are involved in projects to transcribe local records and make these more widely available to out of town researchers.
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Part 1: Join Sheffield and District Family History Society
Society membership joining facility
Part 2: Books about Sheffield records and research
Part 3: Downloadable Baptism and Marriage Records
Transcriptions of baptisms and marriages in a range of Sheffield parish churches and non-conformist chapels.
Part 4: Downloadable Burial Records and Monumental Transcriptions
Transcriptions of burials records and monumental inscriptions relating to churchyards and cemeteries in Sheffield.
Part 5: Downloadable records - various
Variety of transcribed or scanned records and material avaliable to download.
Part 6: Maps of Old Sheffield
Alan Godfrey Maps of Sheffield and Disrict
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