Local Studies

Family History in Nottinghamshire

Census Returns

The first detailed census returns were recorded in 1841. These list each person in a household and give details of their name, age and occupation. From 1851 to 1891, the relationship of household members to each other and their place of birth is given.

Parish Registers

The official recording of Anglican baptisms, marriages and burials was introduced in 1538, though only a few registers survive from that date. The registers are a primary source of information about people before civil registration in 1837 (see below).

Civil Registraion

A useful discussion of the introduction of Civil Registration can be found here. You can order  Certificates on line here.

Bishop’s Transcripts

Bishop’s Transcripts are copies of parish register entries sent annually by clergymen to the bishop.

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

This worldwide index of names has been created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The entries are mainly births, baptisms and marriages extracted from parish records and other sources c1500-1850. Although it is not comprehensive or completely accurate, it is a very useful research aid.

Nonconformist Registers

From the 1600s onwards, increasing numbers of people were baptised and buried in nonconformist churches. The vast majority of nonconformists, except the Quakers, married in Anglican churches until 1837. Even after 1837, only a small number of chapels were licensed for marriages and only a few had burial grounds.

Probate Records

Include wills, inventories (list of possessions of the deceased) and letters of administration (granted when a person dies without making a will). Before 1858 wills were proved in church courts but after 1858 in civil Probate Registries.

Electoral Registers

The Reform Act of 1832 required the registration of all persons entitled to vote and the publication of registers. Entries show the name and address of electors and their polling number. However, not all adults were entitled to a vote until 1928.

Trade Directories

List the principal inhabitants and tradespeople of each town and village. They were compiled at frequent intervals from c1800-1950.

Other Sources

Other sources which may assist you include cemetery burial registers, newspapers, marriage licences, taxation records, monumental inscriptions and printed pedigrees. Please consult archive/library staff concerning the availability of these sources.