Marstow, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Herefordshire Parishes

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

Marstow, Herefordshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wormelow
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Ross
Registration District Ross
Records begin
Parish registers: 1707
Bishop's Transcripts: 1662
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Archenfield
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History

MARSTOW (St. Martin), a parish, in the union of Ross, Lower division of the hundred of Wormelow, county of Hereford, 5 miles (S. W.) from Ross. The church is an ancient structure: the churchyard is frequently inundated. There is a place of worship for dissenters. [1]

Marstow is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire.

Marstow is an Ecclesiastical Parish which was formed in 1777 from Sellack, Herefordshire and was originally a chapelry of that parish.The old church was dedicated to St Martin. This church was demolished in 1855

The Church of St Matthew, Brelstone Green dates from 1855 and has been designated as a Grade II listed building British listed building

See also Herefordshire Parish Churches for an explanation of the invalidity of marriages 1855-1912 until corrected by an Act of Parliament. The interior of the church can be seen at Herefordshire Parish Churches


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

Marstow, Herefordshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

DEAN = Forest of Dean Family History Trust - free[2]
Marstow, Herefordshire Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
DEAN 1707-2008 1707-1994 1707-2008

Census records

Census returns for Marstow 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through the FHC Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Poor Law Unions

Ross Poor Law Union,Herefordshire

Probate records

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

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 266-269. Accessed and adapted 12 March, 2013.
  2. 'Transcript Summary,' Forest of Dean Family History Trust, accessed 18 July 2016. The Forest of Dean Family History Trust's 'policy is not to show records within the following cut off years - Baptisms 90 years, Marriages 70 years, Burials 30 years.'

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.