West Retford, Nottinghamshire Genealogy

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Guide to West Retford, Nottinghamshire ancestry, family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census, birth, marriage and death records.

West Retford, Nottinghamshire
St Michael's church, West Retford.JPG
St Michael's church, West Retford.JPG
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bassetlaw
County Nottinghamshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union East Retford
Registration District East Retford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1754
Bishop's Transcripts: 1622
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Retford
Diocese Lincoln
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Nottinghamshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

RETFORD, WEST (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of East Retford, Hatfield division of the wapentake of Bassetlaw, N. division of the county of Nottingham, ¼ of a mile (W.) from East Retford. The parish is separated from East Retford by the river Idle, and intersected by the Chesterfield canal.[1]

Additional information:

West Retford St Michael the Archangel is an Ancient Parish in the Market Town of Retford in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire.

The Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel has been designated a grade B listed building British listed building

See also Retford Wikipedia

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.

From 1837 this parish was within East Retford registration district
Certificates may be obtained for post 1837 events :
The Register Office
County Council Offices
Chancery Lane
DN22 6DG
Phone:01777 708631
Fax:01777 860667

Church Records[edit | edit source]

West Retford, Nottinghamshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = Nottinghamshire Parish Records (findmypast) - (£)[2]
West Retford, Nottinghamshire Genealogy Online Parish Records


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West Retford St Michael the Archangel

Nottinghamshire Archives have deposited registers Baptisms 1772-1971 Marriages 1754-1953 Burials 1772-1922 and Bishop's Transcripts 1622-1841(these are available on the International Genealogical Index)

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Retford

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.

Nottinghamshire Census

1811 Census - West Retford. Census of West Retford taken on 10 March 1811, showing given name, and surname head of household, and number of males, and females in each household,  This was done for taking an account of the population of Great Britian. Taken from Nottinghamshire Archives Ref PR 8024, transcription in Nottinghamshire Family History Soc. Magazine, vol. 95, page 14-15, FHL Ref 942.52 D25n

West Retford 1794 Census. This census was taken 17 March 1794, fdorename, surname, and number of males and females in hoursehold.  Original held at Nottinghamshire Archives Ref PR 8024, transcription in Nottinghamshire Family History Soc. Magazine vol. 105, page 22-23, FHL Ref 942.52 D25n

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

East Retford Poor Law Union,Nottinghamshire

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

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 10 December 2013.
  2. 'Nottinghamshire baptisms 1538-1980,' 'Nottinghamshire marriages 1528-1929,' 'Nottinghamshire burials 1539-1905,' findmypast, accessed 9 January 2015.