The Richmondshire Museum holds a valuable collection of documents which belonged to a Swaledale family called Broderick. The collection includes a huge amount of original documents dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century as well as the family’s own diaries and ledgers. These have now been indexed to a level that mentions every name and every place in each individual document. The documents deal mostly with Swaledale although a few pertain to Upper Wensleydale and Bishopdale.
Subjects covered include: Enclosure of open pastures, with names of all parties who had rights on the pastures; Mining, with tack notes; Manorial documents; Details for building the Low Row Manse, with all subscribers and invoices for materials; Newspapers and newspaper clippings; Wills; Valuations of property; Litigation - there were several court cases, and the papers contain witness statements, and a large amount of material copied from the Public Record Office pertaining to land holding in Swaledale; Personal letters of the Broderick family; Notes on the baptisms, marriages and burials of several Swaledale families.
This unique collection is full of interest for anyone with family connections in the area. There is now a fully searchable CD Rom of the Calendar with reference numbers enabling researchers to apply to read the original documents in full at the Richmondshire Museum. Copies of the CD are UK £7.50, Europe £8.50, rest of the world £9.50. Enquiries by email to Christine Howie
Those who left the dales
The Upper Dales Family History Group celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2010 with an Exhibition ‘Those Who Left the Dales’ which included over 100 stories of families who left the area between 1700 and the turn of the twentieth century, told through original letters, artefacts, newspaper reports, journals & photos. Our members across the world have submitted these stories about their ancestors and they form the basis of the first ever Dales Migration Archive. The enormous response to the appeal for information resulted in the production of a book containing summaries of over 100 individual submissions. This was the first time that most of these stories had been told publicly and is a unique opportunity to compare first hand accounts of those who left and, most poignantly, those left behind. More than one family emigrated leaving behind young children and elderly parents who they never saw again. The book is now out of print but second hand copies may be available online.
Bishopdale Census Booklets
The Bishopdale Booklets are a comprehensive collection of local census records and other material originally transcribed by the late Jean Kington of Bishopdale and by members of the Upper Dales Family History Group. In accordance with Jean’s wishes all profits from sales are given to the Amala Children’s charity in India. As well as census transcripts from 1841 to 1901 the Booklets include copies of parish registers and monumental inscriptions from Aysgarth, an index to Sandra Wood’s three books of local photographs Swaledale the Spirit Speaks Loud, civil marriages in Richmondshire from 1653 to 1660 and various other titles. Most of the booklets cost £2 each plus £1 postage. Click here to download the full list or email Stella Birch for details of how to buy them by post.