Thornaby, Yorkshire Genealogy

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


Thornaby, Yorkshire
Thornaby-on-Tees St Paul.jpg
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Langbaurgh
County Yorkshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Stockton
Registration District Stockton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1630; Separate registers exist for Stockton in Cleveland St Paul beginning 1844
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600; Separate records exist for Stockton in Cleveland St Paul beginning 1844
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Cleveland
Diocese York
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Thornaby on Tees is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1844 from chapelry in Stainton in Cleveland Stainton in Cleveland, Yorkshire Genealogy Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Stockton in Cleveland St Paul and South Stockton.

THORNABY, a district, in the parish of Stainton, union of Stockton, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh, N. riding of York, 1¾ mile (S. S. E.) from Stockton.[1] In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thornaby on Tees like this:

THORNABY, a township-chapelry in Stainton parish, N. R. Yorkshire; on the river Tees, adjacent to Stockton. It contains South Stockton, which has a post-office under Stockton-upon-Tees. Acres, 1,230. Real property, £7,239. Pop. in 1851, 1,759; in 1861, 3,126. Houses, 597. The increase of pop. arose from the erection of blast-furnaces, and the opening of iron-ship building yards. Pop. in 1868, about 6,000. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £300. Patron, the Archbishop of York.

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]

Online data content from chapelry registers of Thornaby exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

FMP= FindMyPast - (£)[2]
FS =
THORNABY CHAPELRY (1737) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1844-1903 1844-1903 1846-1885 1846-1885 1845-1905 1845-1905
FS 1874-1900



For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Thornaby and comprising the whole ancient parish of Stainton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the Stainton parish page.

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.

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

Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

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]

Stockton Poor Law Union, Durham Genealogy

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]

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 331-335. Date accessed: 16 October 2013.
  2. 'Yorkshire Parish Records - Parish List,' findmypast, accessed 30 September 2014.