Banbury, Oxfordshire Genealogy

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Oxfordshire Parishes

Guide to Banbury, Oxfordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Banbury; King's-Sutton
County Oxfordshire
Poor Law Union Banbury
Registration District Banbury
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1606; 1662
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Deddington
Diocese Oxford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of Banbury; Court of the Peculiar of Aylesbury
Location of Archive
Oxfordshire Record Office

Parish History

BANBURY (St. Mary),a borough, market-town,and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Banbury, county of Oxford, but partly in that of King's-Sutton, S. division of the county of Northampton, 22 miles(N.) from Oxford, and 69(N. W.) from London. There are places of worship for Calvinists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Presbyterians, and others; and a handsome and commodious Roman Catholic chapel.[1]

Other places in the parish include: Wykham, Calthorpe, Wickham, Neithrop, and Hardwick. provides a lengthy description of this parish.

Peter Cook has created a names database of those in Banbury which is hosted on


Civil Registration

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.

Banbury is located in the Banbury Registration District.

Church records

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

AC = Ancestry - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
OFHS = Oxfordshire Family History Society - (£). Results delivered by email.[4]
Banbury, Oxfordshire Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1653-1723 1653-1812
IGI 1558-1851 1558-1837
OFHS 1558-1935

There are many records available through the FamilySearch Catalog. Click here to choose which one may be of interest.

Oxforshire Archdeacon's Marriage Bonds by Donnette Stringham Smith and hosted at

Census records


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.

To view these census images online, they are available through a number of websites for a fee or free.
findmypast (fee-based) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. The library versions are known as
The but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.

Probate records

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 136-141. Date accessed: 18 September 2012.
  2. 'Oxfordshire, England, Extracted Parish Records,' Ancestry, accessed 21 January 2014.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Oxford, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 16 January 2014.
  4. 'OFHS Parish Records Date Finder,', Oxfordshire Family History Society, accessed 24 January 2014.
A Selection of Useful Sites for Banbury