Biggleswade, Bedfordshire Genealogy
Guide to Biggleswade, Bedfordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Poor Law Union||Biggleswade|
|Parish registers: 1697|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1604|
|Diocese||Pre-1837 - Lincoln; Post-1836 - Ely|
|Probate Court||Court of the Peculiar of Biggleswade|
|Location of Archive|
|Bedfordshire Record Office|
BIGGLESWADE, is a town, a parish, a subdistrict, a district, and a hundred, in Bedfordshire. It is adjacent to the Great Northern railway, 10½ miles ESE of Bedford, and 41 miles NNW of London. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Methodists. The parish includes the hamlets of Holme and Stratton. 
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.
Biggleswade parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|FS = FamilySearch - free|
|FMP = FindMyPast - ($)|
|ANC = Ancestry - ($)|
|FREG = FreeREG - free|
|GIBBS = StevenGibbs.me.uk - free|
|NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - free|
|BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes (FindMyPast) - free|
|IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free|
|FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free|
|FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free|
|Biggleswade Online Parish Records|
|IGI||1637-1816,1693-1873, 1775-1875,1813-1848,1849-1876, 1876-1897||
|FS Catalog PRs||
|FS Catalog BTs||
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Particular Baptist
- Primitive Methodist
- Society of Friends/Quaker
- Wesleyan Methodist.
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.
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Bedfordshire 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.
Biggleswade on GENUKI
- John M. Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72]) Date accessed: 31st October 2013.