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 Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bassetlaw
County Nottinghamshire
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]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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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 :
Bassetlaw
The Register Office
County Council Offices
Chancery Lane
Retford
DN22 6DG
Phone:01777 708631
Fax:01777 860667
Email:bassetlawro.cc@nottscc.gov.uk

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

Hover over the collection's title for more information

West Retford Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
FamilySearch Collections-Nottinghamshire
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Parish Registers - FamilySearch Catalog
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past Parish Registers-Nottinghamshire ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Find My Past Banns-Nottinghamshire ($)
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1600s-1800s
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Ancestry-Church of England BMD-Nottinghamshire ($)
1500s-1800s
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1500s-1800s
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1500s-1800s
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Ancestry-Nottinghamshire, England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death ($)
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1800s-2000s
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1800s-2000s
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1800s-2000s
Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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1500s-1800s
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1800s-1900s

Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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.


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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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 10 December 2013.