Jim Halstead

Jim Halstead

Jim provides support and assistance to those who are starting their own research. He has helped family history groups to transcribe local parish registers and provided advice to museums looking to make records from earlier centuries available to researchers. He has also acted as a consultant for family history authors from outside the country seeking to publish their work in England.

Jim is interested in showing how researching family history can surface some of the less well-known aspects of local and social history. He has recently completed the biography of an unknown soldier of the Great War and will present the results of his research, “Finding Joe”, for the first time at our conference.

Jim chronicles his work in a Research Diary which he publishes each year alongside “Mitchell News”, a newsletter which has documented the history of the Mitchell family of Leeds, their ancestors and descendants, since 2001.

A former systems and project manager, Jim is the Treasurer of the Halsted Trust. He enjoys a good family history story and will also be setting the quiz questions for us at ‘Secret Lives’.

Finding Joe


No-one in the family had ever heard of Joe, or his exploits. There were no papers about him, no stories either, and nobody alive knew that he was once a son, a brother, a tannery-worker, a husband, a father and a soldier. The talk will show how Jim pieced together the story of Joe and […]

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