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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Parishes

A parish is an ecclesiastical territorial division, the area under the spiritual control of a priest. During the 16th and 17th centuries the parish gradually superseded the manor as the main unit of local government, but this came to an end in the late nineteenth century with the reforms which created civil municipal and borough councils, rural and urban district councils, and parish councils.

Parish registers

Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are among the most frequently consulted documents in a local record office. Parishes were ordered to keep them from 1538, but in many parishes they survive only from a later date. Peterborough Central Library has a number of copies of parish registers. They are available on FICHE. These are:

  • Soke of Peterborough parishes sixteenth-nineteenth century - (excludes Longthorpe, Werrington, and Peterborough St Paul).

Bainton

  • Composite CB 1713-1743, M 1713-1740
  • Composite CB 1744-1812, M 1745-1752
  • Marriages 1758-1834

Barnack

  • Composite CB 1696-1809, M 1696-1753
  • Composite CB 1810-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1974
  • Marriages 1754-1836, 1838-1954
  • Burials 1813-1913

Castor

  • Composite CM 1538-1751, B 1547-1686
  • Composite M 1752-1754, B 1782-1791
  • Composite CM 1792-1812
  • Christenings 1752-1791 1813-1928
  • Marriages 1754-1864
  • Burials 1678-1781, 1813-1900

Etton

  • Composite CMB 1587-1737
  • Composite C 1734-1754, 1755-1812, M 1737-1743, 1755-1759, B 1738-1743, 1758-1812
  • Marriages 1759-1835, 1838-1967

Eye

  • Composite C 1543-1665, M 1650, B 1543-1669
  • Composite CB 1727-1797, M 1727-1791, CB 1797-1812, M 1786-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1933
  • Marriages 1813-1837, 1889-1945
  • Burials 1813-1897

Glinton

  • Composite CB 1567-1796, M 1567-1752
  • Composite CB 1797-1815
  • Christenings 1814-1828, 1841-1969
  • Marriages 1754-1826, 1829-1837-1930, 1932-1975
  • Burials 1814-1943

Helpston

  • Composite CMB 1685-1781
  • Composite CMB 1781-1800
  • Composite CB 1801-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1926
  • Marriages 1802-1990
  • Burials 1813-1891

Longthorpe

  • Registers are believed to be retained by the incumbent and therefore not filmed.

Marholm

  • Composite CMB 1566-1745
  • Composite CB 1746-1812, M 1747-1753
  • Marriages 1755-1810, 1813-1836

Maxey

  • Composite C 1552-1713, MB 1538-1712
  • Composite CMB 1713-1756
  • Composite CMB 1757-1780
  • Composite CB 1780-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1866
  • Marriages 1754-1958
  • Burials 1813-1895

Newborough

  • Christenings 1830-1843
  • Christenings 1843-1871
  • Christenings 1871-1929
  • Marriages 1830-1973
  • Burials 1831-1942

Northborough

  • Composite C 1677-1764, M 1671-1749, B 1671-1764
  • Composite CB 1764-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1939
  • Marriages 1754-1839
  • Burials 1813-1961

Paston

  • Composite CMB 1644-1704
  • Composite CB 1705-1787, M 1705-1754
  • Composite CB 1788-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1973
  • Marriages 1754-1983
  • Burials 1813-1948

Peakirk

  • Composite CB 1560-1642, M 1617-1642
  • Composite CMB 1642-1700
  • Composite CB 1700-1757, M 1700-1754
  • Composite CB 1757-1814
  • Christenings 1813-1918, 1829-1841
  • Marriages 1754-1974
  • Burials 1813-1980

Peterborough All Saints

  • Christenings 1887-1970
  • Marriages 1891-1976

Peterborough St Barnabas

  • Christenings 1900-1943
  • Marriages 1908-1966

Peterborough St John

  • Composite CMB 1599-1644, 1658-1727, C 1727-1807, MB 1727-1754, B 1755-1807, CB 1807-1812
  • Christenings 1813-1959
  • Marriages 1754-1953
  • Burials 1678-1878

Peterborough St Marks

  • Christenings 1856-1923
  • Marriages 1858-1921
  • Burials 1860-1868

Peterborough St Mary

  • Christenings 1857-1963
  • Marriages 1860-1980

Peterborough St Paul

  • Christenings 1869-1883 [others believed to be retained by incumbent]

Stamford St Martin

  • Composite CMB 1572-1642, 1661-1729, CB 1729-1812, M 1729-1766
  • Christenings 1813-1902
  • Marriages 1754-1957
  • Burials 1813-1860

Sutton

  • Composite C 1763-1812, M 1758-1808, B 1788-1799
  • Marriages 1813-1837
  • Burials 1822-1930
  • Burials (in Church) 1736-1859

Thornhaugh

  • Christenings 1562-1924
  • Marriages 1654-1974
  • Burials 1562-1812

Ufford

  • Composite CMB 1570-1676, 1695-1740, CB 1741-1812, M 1741-1753
  • Christenings 1813-1977
  • Marriages 1754-1836

Upton

  • Composite CM 1770-1812
  • Marriages 1813-1837
  • Burials 1855-1930

Wansford (entries before 1808 in Thornhaugh registers)

  • Composite CB 1808-1812
  • Marriages 1807-1812, 1815-1962

Werrington

  • Registers believed to be retained by incumbent.

Wittering

  • Composite 1783-1812, M 1784-1811
  • Christenings 1813-1973
  • Marriages 1757-1944

Transcript of Peterborough St John 1559-1812 PRINTED

Norman Cross Hundred Parishes FICHE

  • (Caldecot, Denton, Conington, Water Newton)

Lincolnshire Border Parishes FICHE

  • (Barholm, Baston, Crowland, Deeping St James, Deeping St Nicholas, Greatford, Langtoft, Market Deeping, Tallington, Uffington, West Deeping)

Northampton Border Parishes FICHE

  • (Apethorpe, Baston, Collyweston, Easton, Fotheringhay, Kings Cliffe, Nassington, Tansor, Warmington, Woodnewton, Yarwell)

Cambs Border Parishes FICHE

  • (Thorney (1653-1837) Whittlesey St Andrew (1602-1851)
  • Whittlesey St Mary (1599-1851)
  • Whittlesey Holy Trinity Coates (1850-1921)

Hunts Border Parishes

  • (Alwalton, Fletton, Orton Longueville, FILM Orton Waterville, Stanground with Farcet Caldecot, Denton, Conington, Water Newton) FICHE.

Peterborough Central Library also holds a variety of indexes for this material:

  • 1601-1700, Huntingdonshire (whole county) Marriage Index, FICHE
  • 1701-1754, Huntingdonshire (whole county) Marriage Index, FICHE
  • 1754-1837, Huntingdonshire (plus Thorney) Marriage Index, PRINTED
  • 1700-1753, Lincolnshire (Aveland and Ness, Beltisloe and the two Elloe Deaneries) Marriage Index, PRINTED
  • 1754-1837, Lincolnshore (Aveland and Ness, Beltisoe and the two Elloe Deaneries) marriage Index, PRINTED
  • 1701/1712-1804/1812, Bishops transcripts (Glinton, Helpston, Etton, Maxey, Northborough and Ufford), PRINTED
  • Sixteenth century-1812, Northants marriage Indexes (Glinton, Peakirk, Northborough and Castor), PRINTED
  • 1654-1837, Thorney Surname Index (christenings, marriages and burials), PRINTED
  • 1654-1837, Thorney Surname Index (christenings, marriages and burials), PRINTED

Other sorts of records

There is much more available than just the registers. Many local churches have deposited a wide variety of documents at the respective local record offices including churchwardens accounts, tithe records, overseers papers, constables books and so on. For details of these records contact Northampton Record Office or Huntingdon Record Office as appropriate.

Parish records are popular sources for family and local history, and there are many books which can provide you with help in understanding them. The best overall introduction is still W.E.Tate The Parish Chest (Cambridge 1951). Those of you purely interested in the registers themselves should read Eve McLaughlin Parish Registers (FFHS 1988). Genealogical Sources in Cambridgeshire (1994 plus recent updates) can tell you precisely which registers and transcripts are available for specific parishes.

 

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