Below are details of some of our most popular resources.
King's Book of Heroes
Includes names and photographs of those men from York who died during the 1914-18 war. The facsimile can be consulted free of charge.
Cost for black/white image: £17.50
Please contact the Collections Assistant, Minnie Triggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials
The Historic Collections include the Minster's original registers of baptisms for 1686-1745, marriages for 1681-1749, and burials for 1634-1836. They also include the registers of baptisms and marriages for the chapel of the Vicars Choral of York Minster (1682-1868).
Baptisms, marriages, and interments of ashes still take place in the Minster today, and the original register containing the records of baptisms after 1745, marriages from 1749, and burials after 1836 is kept in the church for use at those ceremonies. However, a copy is kept at the Old Palace for the use of researchers.
Please note the following with respect to the contents of the registers:
- No Minster baptisms are recorded for the period 1805-1882.
- No Minster marriages are recorded for the period 1763-1886.
- No Minster burials are recorded for the period 1837-1915 (interments of ashes are recorded from 1916)
- Only two marriages are recorded in the registers of the Vicars Choral (1706, 1716).
Editions of the Minster’s registers of marriages (1681-1762) and burials (1634-1836) are available online at the GENUKI website, and the Minster’s baptism records for 1686-1804 have been published: Robert, H. Skaife, ‘The Register of Baptisms in York Minster’, Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journal, vol. 6 (1881), pp. 385-395.
The original records of parishes in the Diocese of York are held by the Borthwick Institute for Archives (Archdeaconry of York), East Riding of Yorkshire Archives and Local Studies Service (Archdeaconry of the East Riding), and the North Yorkshire County Record Office, (Archdeaconry of Cleveland). However, our Library includes the editions of the registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials published by the Parish Register Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Search the Library catalogue to find out whether we have an edition for the parish in which you are interested.
Yorkshire Biographical Database
Half a million biographical entries for Yorkshire men and women who lived from the Middle Ages to 1900. A search of the database now forms part of our Research Service.