Headless Cross, Warwickshire Genealogy

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Warwickshire Parishes
Headless Cross

Guide to Headless Cross, Warwickshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Headless Cross, Warwickshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Barlichway
County Warwickshire
Poor Law Union Alcester
Registration District Alcester; Bromsgrove
Records begin
Parish registers: 1615
Bishop's Transcripts: 1612
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Warwick
Diocese Worcester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1836 - Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Warwickshire County Record Office

Parish History

Headless Cross is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Warwickshire, created in 1850 from Ipsley Ancient Parish which is partly in Worcestershire and partly in Warwickshire. It was once a village in its own right.[1]


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.

Church records

Census records

 As this parish was part of Ipsley parish in Warwickshire and Feckenham parish in Worcesterhire, the census locations could be either for 1841 and possibly 1851. The census returns for Ipsley begin with film number 464168 and for Feckenham begin with film number 464208. If your ancestors were from this area, it is advisable to use the online indexes below because of being in both of these parishes at one time.

FamilySearch now has all of the British Censuses available.
FindMyPast ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
Ancestry.co.uk ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
The Genealogist.co.uk ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
■FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.


Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Warwickshire 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. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, published in 1870-72. Adapted. Accessed November 19, 2013.