Chelsea St Luke, Middlesex Genealogy

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Guide to Chelsea St Luke, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Chelsea St Luke, Middlesex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ossulstone (Kensington Division)
County Middlesex
Poor Law Union Chelsea
Registration District Chelsea
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1639; 1745-56; 1803
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not created until 1858
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex
Location of Archive
Middlesex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

CHELSEA is a small village on the Thames. It is one of the smaller inner London parishes, lying in the Kensington Division of Ossulstone Hundred.[1]

CHELSEA, (1559) comprised the parishes of St. Luke and the more modern one of Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, Upper Chelsea (1830), both of which in 1851 were in the Kensington division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county of Middlesex. In addition to these two churches, Chelsea was comprised of a considerable number of additional chapels subdividing the parish boundary.

Within this civil parish boundary lay the large Chelsea Royal Hospital for veteran (army) soldiers, "a handsome structure" erected by Sir Christopher Wren, with an operating chapel. The hospital held about 500 in-pensioners (in-house pensioners). In addition, another hospital, for soldiers awaiting admittance into Chelsea Royal Hospital, called York Hospital also lay within the parish. The parish included the Royal Military Asylum, built and founded in 1801. It was specifically built for the support of those children whose fathers were serving in foreign stations and for the education of orphaned children of soldiers, with a chapel.

In the parish, there were places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans and Roman Catholics.'[2]

View a List of District Churches and Chapels Within the Parish of St Luke Chelsea.

The "Victoria County History" of Chelsea (2004) is available online. Includes chapters on landownership, economic history, social history, local government, religious history (Church of England, Roman Catholicism, Protestant nonconformity, foreign churches and non-Christian faiths).[3]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

  • Type the name of the parish in the search bar
  • Click on the location pin on the map
  • Choose Options from the pop up box
  • Click "List Contiguous Parishes" to find the neighboring parishes

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.

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

Chelsea St Luke Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
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Indexes and images
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FamilySearch Collections-Middlesex
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Middlesex
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-Middlesex ($)
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1400s-1900s
Find My Past (Westminster)-Middlesex ($)
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1400s-1900s
Find My Past Banns-Middlesex ($)
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Early) ($)
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Late) ($)
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Ancestry Marriage Bonds and Allegations-London and Surrey ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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1800s-1900s
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1600s-1800s

Other Websites These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

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

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

A 1921 survey of (1) monuments in the chancel, (2) monuments in the Lawrence chapel, (3) monuments in the More chapel, (4) monuments in the nave, (5) monuments in the tower, (5) floor slabs in the church, and (6) monuments in the churchyard is available online.[4]

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.


1600 Lay Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1666 Hearth Tax[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Union[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chelsea St Luke on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis,Samuel A. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 12: Chelsea (2004), pp. 1-2. British History Online. Adapted. Date accessed: 08 August 2014.
  2. Samuel Lewis, ed. "Chedgrave - Cheltenham," In A Topographical Dictionary of England 562-569. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), online at British History Online. Date accessed: 13 November 2013.
  3. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 12: Chelsea (2004). British History Online. Date accessed: 25 March 2012.
  4. 'Chelsea Old Church: Monuments in the chancel', Survey of London: volume 7: Chelsea, part III: The Old Church (1921), pp. 14-28. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=99957 Date accessed: 15 March 2012.