Family history: searching the bastardy records

Trawling through records is difficult enough, but when you are trying to trace an illegitimate relative it can become disheartening. bastardy recordsMore than 14,000 bastardy records held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service have been indexed and made available online at The records start from 1690 up to 1914 with documents including the maintenance of illegitimate children, bastardy bonds, and warrants for apprehending errant fathers who tried to escape responsibility for their children.

To explore the full database at, click here.

bastardy records

bastardy records


To read how my research for Ignoring Gravity took me to the Family Records Centre in North London, and what I found there, click here.

‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now


If you want to read more about family history research, try these articles:-
Did your Ancestor belong to a Trade Union?
Researching children’s homes
Look locally

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How to find an illegitimate ancestor #familyhistory via @SandraDanby