Low Bentham, Yorkshire Genealogy
Guide to Low Bentham, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Bentham (St John the Baptist), or Low Bentham, an Ancient Parish, in the West Riding Yorkshire. Other places in the parish include: Bentham with High and Low Bentham, Cold Cotes, Greystonegill, High Bentham, Twistleton, Low Bentham, Low Quarter, Mewith, Middle Quarter, and Ingleton in Moorgarth
Here is an important 19th century historical view (1848) of this parish which identifies its attached chapelries--each with its own registers of baptisms, marriages and burials:
BENTHAM (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Settle, W. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York; containing 3535 inhabitants, of whom 2180 are in the township of Bentham, 10 miles (W. N. W.) from Settle. The township contains the villages of Upper and Lower Bentham. 
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.
Low Bentham parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Low Bentham Online Parish Records|
|FS Catalog PRs||
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To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the West Yorkshire Archive Service.
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.
Surname Index for 1841-1901 provided by Ingleborough Archaeology Freebooters. These surnames were gleaned from the images in Bentham census enumerators books 1841-1901.
Poor Law Unions
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
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 210-214. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 January 2014.