Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland Genealogy
Guide to Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland|
|Poor Law Union||East Ward|
|Registration District||East Ward|
|Parish registers: 1647|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1647|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Westmorland Record Office|
Parish History[edit | edit source]
KIRKBY-STEPHEN (St. Stephen), a market-town and parish, in East ward and union, county of Westmorland; comprising the townships of Hartley, Kaber, Kirkby-Stephen, Nateby, Smardale, Waitby, Wharton,and Winton, and the chapelries of Mallerstang and Soulby. There are chapels at Soulby and Mallerstang; and places of worship in the parish for Independents and Wesleyans. 
Resources[edit | edit source]
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.
Church records[edit | edit source]
Kirkby Stephen parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|FS = FamilySearch - free|
|FREG = FreeREG - free|
|BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free|
|JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - ($)|
|IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free|
|FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free|
|FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free|
|Kirkby Stephen Online Parish Records|
|IGI||1746-1861, 1837-1863, 1863-1886,
|FS Catalog PRs||1647-1918||1647-1918||1647-1918|
|FS Catalog BTs||1647-1897||1647-1897||1647-1897|
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 Kendal Archive Centre.
Census records[edit | edit source]
In December 1787 the Westmorland Court of Quarter Sessions commissioned a population survey of the county. Parish constables were ordered to send in returns listing the names and occupations of the members of every household in their constablewick. This census is found in Vital Statistics, The Westmorland "Census' of 1787. This book is available at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. The library call number is British Ref. Area 942.88 X2v.
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.
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Westmorland 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
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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]
- Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 692-697. Date accessed: 30 July 2012.