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The site is about the village of Brotherton in Yorkshire; mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries. I have said simply Yorkshire because the divisions or ridings of the county have varied over time. Today it is part of North Yorkshire but that is a relatively recent change and in the period covered by these family histories it was very much part of West Yorkshire. And despite these changes in county it has, most times, been part of the Pontefract district for any birth, marriage or death registrations. Location map on Google>> | Location map on MultiMap>> | Location map on StreetMap>>

And since my family left the village around 1870 the content of the site mainly covers historic family trees of the various families connected with it many, many years ago. Most of these family lines have not been researched in detail but have been loaded onto the Internet to help other researchers. The information has been collected while tracing my own Townsley family through the village records. If you find your family here and have any changes then see the additions or corrections page.

There is still much that needs to be done on the Brotherton families - with more pages to be added covering family trees, photographs and archives - given enough spare time! Much of what I have collected has been through the work of other researchers; many of whom have shared their results on the web. Thanks to them all.

There is also a demand for more info about Brotherton village and its people - both past and present. So if any authors of Brotherton local history would be happy to have their works published here then could they please get it touch.

Over 7,000 names have been found in the historic records for Brotherton and included in this database. To these have been added some photos from the past 20 years - plus some links to the work done by those with more recent family connections.

Hope that you find something helpful to your research
Brian Townsley


Latest Updates -

27-Nov-2021 Now decided that the Brotherton.Org.UK domain will not be renewed at the next expiry. Also the web pages will not receive any further updates. The current website will be parked under the Townsley.Info domain as an archive.

5-Jul-2019 Photo Gallery revised; screen size increased.
15-Apr-2019 Minor layout changes
20-Mar-2018 Family history database on Webtrees at 
Townsley Extended home page still being updated regularly but only minor changes here.
6-Apr-2017 Latest release of the family history database on the Webtrees software at the
Townsley Extended home page (the basic html  version is no longer being updated) and the website updated to being managed by the NetObjects Fusion 2015 version.
17-Jun-2016 Updates to
Mattison page
15-Jun-2016 Latest release of the family history database on both the Webtrees software at
Townsley Extended home page and as basic html at the Townsley Family History Database
5-Dec-2015 New release of the family history database on both the Webtrees software at
Townsley Extended home page and as basic html at the Townsley Family History Database
9-Oct-2015 A pilot version of the
Webtrees system is now available for trials at our sister web site -
Webtrees is claimed to be the web's leading on-line collaborative genealogy application. It is open source software based upon PHP, MySQL and standard GEDCOM files. All the records used to create this Brotherton web site are contained within the single family history database, named Townsley Extended, and can be freely accessed
here ...
26-Sep-2015 Updated database at

Copyright Free 2019. All content produced by amateur enthusiasts on an as is basis.
Note: The content of the individual family pages will always lag behind the main reference source at




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