Find your Sheffield ancestors, local history and details of their lives with these links to online family history and genealogy resources. There are also many records related to Sheffield within the Yorkshire collection.
Births, Marriages, Deaths and Parish Records
Sheffield parish registers from various sources.
- Baptisms and Marriages 1560-1635
- Baptisms 1635-1653
- Marriages 1635-1653
- Burials 1560-1634
- Sheffield Burial Records
Burials & Cemeteries
- Find a Grave
Has records and images from 30 Sheffield cemeteries.
- Census 1841-1921
Search the census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register all at once.
Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.
Criminals and Convicts
- Sheffield Crime, Courts and Convicts 1769-1931
A collection of over 200,000 records which cover both the perpetrators of crime in and around Sheffield, and those who helped bring them to justice.
- Sheffield Police Ticket of Leave book (1864–1874)
PDF provides details of almost 400 convicted criminals.
- Sheffield Quarter Sessions 1880-1912
Sheffield did not have a separate court of Quarter Sessions until September 1880. Below are the calendars of prisoners from the Sheffield Quarter Sessions between 1880-1912.
All files are in PDF format.
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- Quarter Sessions (A-J Defendant) (PDF, 1732 KB)
Index to Calendars of Prisoners, Sheffield Quarter Sessions (Defendant surname A-J), 1880-1912.
- Quarter Sessions (K-Z Defendant) (PDF, 1732 KB)
Index to Calendars of Prisoners, Sheffield Quarter Sessions (Defendant surname K-Z), 1880–1912.
- Quarter Sessions (A-J Victim) (PDF, 1769 KB)
Index to Calendars of Prisoners, Sheffield Quarter Sessions (Victim surname A-J), 1880–1912.
- Quarter Sessions (K-Z Victim) (PDF, 2013 KB)
Index to Calendars of Prisoners, Sheffield Quarter Sessions (Victim surname K-Z), 1880–1912.
- Sheffield Directory & Guide 1828
An alphabetical list of names, occupations and addresses.
- General Directory of the Town & Borough of Sheffield 1845
- Sheffield Directory 1857
Names, addresses and occupations in alphabetical order.
- GENUKI Sheffield
GENUKI Sheffield is a free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the Sheffield area.
- Sheffield History
Sheffield History is an active site with a popular forum related to the local history of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
- Sheffield Records Online
Sheffield Records Online aims to provide online material free of charge to help those researching their Sheffield ancestry.
To that effect they have now completed and put online the full 1841 census index for Sheffield, Bradfield and Ecclesfield and a large part of Rotherham.
The full 1851 census index for Sheffield is also available and work is in progress on the index to the 1861 census.
Medical and Hospital Records
- South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum Patients
The names of all patients admitted to Middlewood Hospital between 1872 and 1910 have been transcribed and can be viewed online (PDFs).
- Lost Pubs of Sheffield
- Miners of Silverwood
Dedicated to the miners of Silverwood in South Yorkshire, the site contains an A-Z list of miners who worked at the mine between 1900-1994.
You’ll also find a lot of extra information related to the history of the mine and the people who worked there.
Photos and Postcards
Poor Law Records
Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse Register of Inmates
The Ecclesall Bierlow Union was formed in 1837 under an order of the Poor Law Commissioners. It comprised the townships of Ecclesall Bierlow, Upper and Nether Hallam, Dore, Totley, the parish of Norton, and Beauchief Liberty. The workhouse was built 1842 -1843 at Cherrytree Hill to replace an old workhouse in Psalter Lane.
- 1881 Residents of Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse
- Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames A – C) (PDF, 633 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames A – C)
- Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames D – J) (PDF, 716 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames D – J)
- Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames K – R) (PDF, 636 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames K – R)
- Index to Register of Inmates (Surnames S – Z) (PDF, 708 KB)
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883-1907 (Surnames S- Z)
Societies and Groups
- Sheffield & District Family History Society
The Sheffield & District Family History Society aims to promote the study of genealogy and local history in the Sheffield area. There are many online searchable indexes.