A fascinating array of over 290,000 records from the city of York are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

City Of York Apprentices and Freemen 1272-1930

Search over 73,000 records spanning 658 years of York history to find out if your ancestor was a freeman of the City or trained as an apprentice. A freeman was a rank within livery companies signifying that the individual had been granted freedom of the company. Livery companies pertain to those ancient and modern guilds and trade associations of London and relate to various trades.

Search City of York Apprentices and Freemen 1272-1930

Each record includes both a fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document that will allow you to discover your ancestor's birth date, baptism place occupation, residence, employer, father's name and more.

City Of York Calendars of Prisoners 1739-1851

Explore over 24,000 records of prisoners held at York castle and uncover ordinary and extraordinary stories of criminals and victims, from petty thieves to murderers sentenced to die.

Search City of York Calendars of Prisoners 1739-1851

Each record includes both a fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document. Transcripts will usually reveal your ancestor's date of arrest, where & when they were tried, their age and address. Images will often provide additional information about your ancestor including details surrounding their offence, sentencing and details of their victim.

City Of York Hearth & Window Tax 1665-1778

Search over 16,000 tax records covering the city and Ainsty of York. These records will allow you to gain insight into your ancestor's living conditions and wealth by discovering how many hearths and windows their dwelling had.

City Of York Hearth & Window Tax 1665-1778

The hearth tax, also known as chimney money, chimney tax, or hearth money, was introduced in 1662 to fund the Royal Household of King Charles II. The reasoning behind taxing hearths was that, as stationary features, hearths were more reliable and easier to count and tax than people. The window tax, as its name suggests, was assessed based upon the number of windows in a house and played a large role culturally and architecturally in the United Kingdom throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In an effort to avoid a higher rates, many decided to brick-up certain windows in their homes. This can be observed in buildings from this time in the United Kingdom today.

City Of York Militia & Muster Rolls 1509-1829

Explore over 16,000 fascinating Muster Rolls dating back to the reign of Henry VIII to see if your ancestor served in the York militia. During the 16th & 17th centuries, the militia was an important institution in English life and every parish was required to furnish a quota of eligible men. Likewise, each household was assessed for the purpose of finding weapons, armour, horses, or their financial equivalent, according to their status.

City Of York Militia & Muster Rolls 1509-1829

These records list the names of eligible men, their occupations, ages and, in some cases the equipment they possessed.

City of York Deeds Registers 1718-1866

Search over 26,000 deeds records to find out if your ancestor owned, sold or bought property in York. Deeds registers were created to facilitate the transfer of title and record important documents relating to parcels of land.

Search City of York Deeds Registers 1718-1866

Each records will reveal the date of the event that was recorded, the location of the property and the name and occupation of the owner. Images will often include additional details pertaining to the indenture, or land transaction, such as names of buyers and sellers and specific details of the property.

Britain, Directories & Almanacs

Over 19,000 images and 48 brand new directories covering the city of York have been added to our collection of Directories & Almanacs. The collection allows you to explore hundreds of volumes of fascinating documents ranging from trade directories and county guides to almanacs and general directories, records that can provide unique insights into how your ancestors lived.

Search Britain, Directories & Almanacs

They can include topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of local areas as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more! You can also uncover the history of your home and uncover previous proprietors.

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Over 39,000 records covering the City of York have been added to our collection of England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Electoral registers were first created in 1832 to records the details of all those eligible to vote. For much of British history, voting was closely linked to the possession of property; therefore the registers described the type of property owned or rented by the individual. Electoral registers were taken every year (in some cases twice a year) and are an invaluable resource for tracing your ancestors between the census years. You may also discover the history of your own home and names of individuals who lived at your address.

Search England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Each entry will include an image of the original register and a transcript of the facts listed. Transcripts will list your ancestor's name, the place they registered, the district and the year they were registered. Images will provide additional information such as your ancestors' address and the type of property your ancestor owned or rented.

National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

Over 34,000 York School records have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection.

Search York School records

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including your ancestor's birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents' names, father's occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.