Bedale, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Guide to Bedale, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Bedale, Yorkshire
Bedale St Gregory Yorkshire.jpg
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred East Hang; Hallikeld
County Yorkshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Bedale
Registration District Bedale; Leyburn
Records begin
Parish registers: 1560
Bishop's Transcripts: 1637
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Catterick
Diocese Pre-1836 - York; Post-1835 - Ripon
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Eastern Deaneries - Catterick
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BEDALE (St. Gregory), a market-town, parish,and the head of a union, chiefly in the wapentake of Hang-East, but partly in that of Hallikeld, North Riding Yorkshire; containing 2803 inhabitants, of whom 1250 are in the town, 33½ miles (N. W) from York, and 223 (N. N. W.) from London. The parish includes: Aiskew, Askew with Little Leeming, Bedale,Burrell with Cowling, Crakehall, Firby, Langthorne, and Rands-Grange. There are places of worship for Methodists', 'Particular Baptists', and Roman Catholics. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Records from the Northallerton registration district held at the North Yorkshire Registration Service are included in the online index available at Yorkshire BMD for post 1837 events; view the coverage table to check progress on the availability of index search.

Marriages include

  • Church of England marriages.
  • Civil Marriages at register offices, or non-conformist churches where a registrar was required to be present at the ceremony.
  • Authorised Person marriages. These cover the non-conformist places of worship which applied to keep their own registers as a result of the Marriage Act, 1898 (bringing them into line with Jewish and Quaker marriages which had this status since 1837). In such cases an 'Authorised Person' (usually the minister or priest) recorded the ceremony instead of the registrar. Earlier weddings in these places would be included with civil marriage registers.

A secondary index of 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 however this secondary index may omit the event and may not contain the detail of the Yorkshire BMD index

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online data content from parish registers of Bedale Parish and one of its chapelries exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

FMP= findmypast - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS =
JOIN = - (£)
BEDALE ST GREGORY PARISH (1560) Online Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1560-1812 1560-1812 1560-1774 1560-1774 1560-1812 1560-1812
FREG 1624-1777 1624-1837 1623-1779
FS 1560-1858 1560-1846 1560-1848
HATH 1651-1653 1651-1653 1651-1653
JOIN None 1732-1837 None

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

Records are also available at the North Yorkshire County Record Office.

Census records[edit | edit source]

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

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Bedale Poor Law Union, Yorkshire

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire 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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848), pp. 188-194. Adapted. Date accessed: 06 January
  2. 'Yorkshire Parish Records - Parish List,' findmypast, accessed 7 October 2014.
  3. 'Yorkshire North Riding,'] FreeREG, accessed 22 October 2014.