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The site covers family trees of various families connected with the village of Brotherton, Yorkshire; mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries. I have said simply Yorkshire because the divisions or ridings of the county have varied over time. Today it is part of North Yorkshire but that is a relatively recent change and in the period covered by these family histories it was very much part of West Yorkshire. And despite these changes in county it has, most times, been part of the Pontefract district for any birth, marriage or death registrations. Location map on Google>> | Location map on MultiMap>> | Location map on StreetMap>>

Most of these family lines have not been researched in detail but have been loaded onto the Internet to help other researchers. The information has been collected while tracing my own Townsley family through the village records. If you find your family here and have any changes then see the additions or corrections page.

There is still much that needs to be done on the Brotherton families - with more pages to be added covering family trees, photographs and archives - given enough spare time! Much of what I have collected has been through the work of other researchers; many of whom have shared their results on the web. Thanks to them all.

There is also a demand for more info about Brotherton village and its people - both past and present. So if any authors of Brotherton local history would be happy to have their works published here then could they please get it touch.

Over 7,000 names have been found in the historic records for Brotherton and included in this database.

Hope that you find something helpful to your research
Brian Townsley


Latest Updates -

17-Jun-2016 Updates to Mattison page
15-Jun-2016 Latest release of the family history database on both the Webtrees software at
Townsley Extended home page and as basic html at the Townsley Family History Database
5-Dec-2015 New release of the family history database on both the Webtrees software at
Townsley Extended home page and as basic html at the Townsley Family History Database
9-Oct-2015 A pilot version of the
Webtrees system is now available for trials at our sister web site -
Webtrees is claimed to be the web's leading on-line collaborative genealogy application. It is open source software based upon PHP, MySQL and standard GEDCOM files. All the records used to create this Brotherton web site are contained within the single family history database, named Townsley Extended, and can be freely accessed
here ...
26-Sep-2015 Updated database at
13-Mar-2015 Updates to
Rockett page
28-Feb-2015 Updated database at
5-Jan-2015 Updates to
Eastwood page
28-Dec-2014 Updated database at
25-Jun-2014 Updates to
Worfolk page
25-Jun-2014 Updated database at
12-Jun-2014 Updates to
Veitch page
10-Jun-2014 Updated database at
27-May-2014 Updates to
Lazenby page
22-May-2014 Updated database at
5-May-2014 Updates to
Bridgland page
4-May-2014 Updated database at
30-Jul-2013 Updates to all pages using new site manager (NetObjects Fusion 2013)
24-Jul-2013 Updated database at

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Note: The content of the individual family pages will always lag behind the main reference source at

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