Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bedford Borough
County Bedfordshire
Poor Law Union Bedford
Registration District Bedford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1539
Bishop's Transcripts: 1602
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bedford
Diocese Pre-1837 - Lincoln; Post-1836 - Ely
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
Location of Archive
Bedfordshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BEDFORD, is a borough which comprises the parishes of St. Cuthbert, St. John,St. Mary, St. Paul and St. Peter Martin. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans and Moravians, as well as, the Primitive Episcopal or Reformed Church of England. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


Church records[edit | edit source]

Bedford St Mary, Bedfordshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[5]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[6]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[7]
BEDFORD ST MARY PARISH Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1880-1885
1895

BOYD
1540-1837

IGI 1539-1875 1540-1885
NBI

1539-1851
PALL
1780-1837

PRTS

1540-1837


To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

None

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Registration District[edit | edit source]
  • Bedford

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Bedfordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Bedford St Mary on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John M. Wilson,, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. (1870-72) Adapted. Date accessed: 21 November 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 10 April 2014.
  3. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Bedfordshire, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 21 April 2014.
  5. 'National Burial Index - Bedfordshire Coverage,' findmypast (WayBack Machine), accessed 17 April 2014.
  6. Pallot's Marriage and Births Indexes: Guide to Parishes, n.d.
  7. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 27 September 2013.