Foston, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Yorkshire Parishes A-I
North Riding of Yorkshire

Guide to Foston, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Foston, Yorkshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bulmer
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Malton
Registration District Malton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1588
Bishop's Transcripts: 1622; Separate records exist for Flaxton beginning 1661
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bulmer
Diocese York
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History

FOSTON (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Malton, wapentake of Bulmer, N. riding of York; containing, with the township of Thornton-le-Clay, and part of Flaxton-on-the-Moor, 370 inhabitants, of whom 95 are in the township of Foston, 2 miles (N. E.) from Whitwell. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and the Society of Friends, at Thornton.[1]

FOSTON, a township and a parish in Malton district, N. R. Yorkshire. The township lies adjacent to the Barton-Hill station of the York and Scarborough railway, W of the river Derwent, 11½ miles NE by N of York. The parish includes also the township of Thornton-le-Clay, and part of the township of Flaxton-on-the-Moor.l There are chapels for Quakers, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists.[2]


Civil Registration

Records from the Ryedale registration district held at the North Yorkshire Registration Service are included in the online index available at Yorkshire BMD for post 1837 events; view the coverage table to check progress on the availability of index search.

Marriages include

  • Church of England marriages.
  • Civil Marriages at register offices, or non-conformist churches where a registrar was required to be present at the ceremony.
  • Authorised Person marriages. These cover the non-conformist places of worship which applied to keep their own registers as a result of the Marriage Act, 1898 (bringing them into line with Jewish and Quaker marriages which had this status since 1837). In such cases an 'Authorised Person' (usually the minister or priest) recorded the ceremony instead of the registrar. Earlier weddings in these places would be included with civil marriage registers.

A secondary index of 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 however this secondary index may omit the event and may not contain the detail of the Yorkshire BMD index

Church records

Online Records

Online data content from chapelry registers of Foston exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

FMP= findmypast - (£)[3]
FS =
FOSTON PARISH (1588) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1588-1888 1588-1888 1588-1900 1588-1900 1588-1886 1588-1886
FS 1588-1888



To find the names of the neighbouring 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.

This ancient parish (AP) was created before 1813. Church of England records began in 1588.

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.

Poor Law Unions

Malton Poor Law Union, Yorkshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire 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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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 253-255. Date Accessed: 11 November 2013
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazeteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted 19 March 2013.
  3. 'Yorkshire Parish Records - Parish List,' findmypast, accessed 30 September 2014.