Thornbury, Gloucestershire Genealogy

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

Thornbury, Gloucestershire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Thornbury
County Gloucestershire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Thornbury
Registration District Thornbury
Records begin
Parish registers: 1550
Bishop's Transcripts: 1578
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dursley
Diocese Pre 1836 - Gloucester; Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Gloucestershire Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

THORNBURY (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the Lower division of the hundred of Thornbury, W. division of the county of Gloucester, 24 miles (S. W.) from Gloucester, and 124 (W. by N.) from London; containing, the tything of Kington, and the chapelries of Falfield,Moorton, Oldbury, and Rangeworthy. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends,Independents, and Wesleyans. [1]

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]

Thornbury, Gloucestershire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

AC = Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (Ancestry) - (£)[2][3][4][5]
BAFHS = Bristol and Avon Family History Society[6]
BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[7]
FHSO = FHSOnline - (£)[8]
IARC = Internet Archive - free[9][10]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[11]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[12]


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1550-1812 1550-1812 1550-1753 1550-1753 1550-1812 1550-1812
AC 1813-1913 1813-1913 1754-1938 1754-1938 1813-1988 1813-1988
1664-1683, 1718-1727


FHSO 1800-1837
FREG 1539-1812
IARC 1613-1661 (gaps) 1559-1670 (gaps) 1609-1702 (gaps)
IARC 1580-1672 (gaps) 1620-1735 (gaps) 1579-1764 (gaps)



Non-Conformist Records[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.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Gloucestershire 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. 331-335. Date accessed: 05 February 2013.
  2. 'Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813,' Ancestry, accessed 20 June 2016.
  3. 'Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1913,' Ancestry, accessed 22 June 2016.
  4. 'Gloucestershire, England, Marriages, 1754-1938,' Ancestry, accessed 20 June 2016.
  5. 'Gloucestershire, England, Burials, 1813-1988,' Ancestry, accessed 28 June 2016.
  6. Thornbury Marriages - missing from Phillimore's Gloucestershire Vol. XV. As listed by E.A. Roe from Gloucester Bishops Transcripts available online at Bristol & Avon Family History Society website - free.
  7. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  8. 'Coverage for the Gloucestershire Marriages database,' FHS Online, accessed 5 May 2014.
  9. 'Extracts from Parish Registers, No. IX.: Thornbury and Olveston,' in Beaver H. Blacker, ed., Gloucestershire Notes and Queries, Vol. 3 (1887):256-257. Digitised by Internet Archive - free.
  10. 'Extracts from Parish Registers, No. X.: Bushley and Thornbury,' in Beaver H. Blacker, ed., Gloucestershire Notes and Queries, Vol. 3 (1887):410-414. Digitised by Internet Archive - free.
  11. 'Gloucestershire Coverage,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 18 April 2014.
  12. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.