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Bradford is an industrial city located on the edge of the West Yorkshire Pennines. Known for its ethnic diversity, nationally renowned curry houses and attractions such as the National Media Museum, the city has come a long way since its village beginnings.
The Bradford district is the fourth largest metropolitan district in the country, after Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield. At the 2011 Census, its population was estimated at 522,452. If you are looking for someone in this bustling city, it won't be easy if you don't use the most up to date tools.
Here at White Pages, our people tracing tools can help you find someone in seconds, and all at the click of a button. To get started, simply enter the person's name and as much information as you can remember of their address, into the search box at the top of the page.
The rest of this guide will further assist you with your search, by providing information about Bradford's census records and archives.
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Bradford Electoral Register Archives
There are two versions of the electoral register – the edited version and the full electoral register. White Pages offers you access to the edited version of the register, to help you find the person you're looking for.
Since 2003, people have had the option to prevent their details from appearing in the edited version of the register. However, their details will still appear in the full electoral register, making it an incredibly useful tool for tracking someone down.
You can view the full version of the electoral register, under supervision, at specific official venues or at the British Library.
Current and historic electoral rolls for Bradford can be found at:
Local Studies Library
Bradford Central Library
The library is open Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, and Friday-Saturday 9am- 5pm.
Changes to City Boundaries
Bradford's current city boundaries have been in place since 1974, when the county borough of Bradford was merged with the borough of Keighley and the districts of Baildon, Bingley, Denholme, Ilkley, Shipley and Silsden, the parishes of Addingham and Steeton, Eastburn from Skipton Rural District, and the Queensbury parts of Queensbury and Shelf Urban District.
If you’re looking for records from these areas prior to 1974, you’ll need to refer to the archives of the areas they previously belonged to.
There are 30 wards in Bradford, they are as follows:
- Bingley Rural
- Bolton & Undercliffe
- Bowling & Barkerend
- Bradford Moor
- Clayton & Fairweather Green
- Great Horton
- Idle & Thackley
- Keighley Central
- Keighley East
- Keighley West
- Little Horton
- Thornton & Allerton
- Windhill & Wrose
- Worth Valley
If you're using White Pages to find someone in Bradford, entering their name along with one of these wards may help to narrow down your search results.
For More on Bradford's Local History
The West Yorkshire Archive Service provides a number of collections relating to local history including parish registers, nonconformist registers, Bishop's transcripts, wills, Roman Catholic registers, police records, health records, donating archives, title records and First World War documents.
The Local Studies Service at Bradford Central Library has also produced this guide to tracing your family tree.
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