The existing church of St Michael in Farnley is comparatively new, though built on the site of older chapels. Baptisms and burials were
carried out here from an early period; some memorial stones in the church
yard date back to the 17th century. Known records date back to 1624.
Earlier records appear to be with Leeds Parish registers and the earliest
independent Farnley Baptisms appear to be loose pages at the back of the register
that starts in 1793. The loose pages cover 1791-1792 and are so faded that
the dates are invisible, though the names have been re-inked. The entries
with missing dates can be found on the IGI. There also appears to be a gap
in the local records 1800-1804. Earler events were recorded at Leeds Parish Church. One of the earliest baptisms recorded there is the baptism of Alice Naylor, daughter of John Naylor of Farnley, on the 15th of May 1572.