HAVE you ever wondered whether there are any family skeletons in the closet?
Now’s your chance to find out.
West Yorkshire Archive Service is offering to help people trace information about their family history that could reveal a wealth of unique information including a physical description of their ancestors and photographs.
Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, said: “Our records can unlock hidden histories for family historians.
“They could reveal information such as why they were in prison and witnesses statements from the trial-including any previous convictions or charges as well as the names of their next of kin.
“We offer a research service which can explore the prison, court and institutional records we hold,” Mr Hebblethwaite added.
The Archive Service is funded by five district councils in West Yorkshire, including Kirklees Council, and form part of the West Yorkshire Joint Services.
Most files held are subject to legal restriction and access – with costs for users being up to £24 to uncover information they are looking for.
The Archive Service also holds copies of the Convict Register from Wakefield Prison which lists prisoners sent there, prior to travelling to the prison hulks; and files date back to 1859.
Staff preserve records from as early as the 12century. Other sources held include church, school, estate and business records.