The West Yorkshire Archive Service is giving lovers of family history the chance to give their family tree a workout via an innovative live online webchat.
Local archive experts will be online today (Friday, February 8) from noon-2pm to answer family history questions based on the millions of records held by West Yorkshire Archive Service.
Virtual visitors will be able to pose questions directly to the Archive Service’s research service team, who will do their best to give hints, tips, and further avenues to explore.
The Archive Service holds records that can help people work out details of birth, marriage and death, as well as records for local courts, prisons and the police.
In addition, West Yorkshire Archive Service holds the West Riding Registry of Deeds – a unique resource detailing land ownership in the former West Riding of Yorkshire which amounts to 7 million individual entries.
Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the work of the Archive Service, said “There’s a wealth of material held at the Archive Service, and we know that one of the obstacles we have is that it can be difficult for those wishing to use our services during working hours.
“Now, anyone can do this from the comfort of their own lunch break!”
Coun Neil Taggart, Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee, said “As well as extending our opening hours at Wakefield we have relocated the Leeds office to Morley and refurbishment is ongoing at our Bradford office.
“We hope these webchats will enable people wherever they are to engage with their own personal history via the priceless and unique records held on their behalf.”
People can access the webchat from noon-2pm via www.archives.wyjs.org.uk.