Covering one of the largest geographical areas in England, where borders were fought over with Scottish neighbours, these rugged counties were home to many of our ancestors.
Find them in the censuses; discover their parish register baptisms, marriages and burials; check if they left a will; read about them on memorial inscriptions. Is your ancestor listed in the directories? Maybe their memory lives on in the Memorial Rolls of the war dead. All of this and more can be found through the links below.