Melbecks (Low Row), Yorkshire Genealogy

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North Riding of Yorkshire
Melbecks (Low Row)

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

Melbecks (Low Row), Yorkshire
Holy Trinity Melbecks Low Row Yorkshire.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Gilling
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Reeth
Registration District Reeth
Records begin
Parish registers: 1842
Bishop's Transcripts: 1842
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Catterick
Diocese Pre-1836 - York; Post-1835 - Ripon
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History

Melbecks Holy Trinity at Low Row is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Yorkshire, created in 1841 from  Grinton, Yorkshire Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Barf End, Wintering Garths, Blaides, Feetham, Gunnerside, Kearton, Lodge Green, Long Row, Longrow, Low Row, Melbecks Moor, Poting, Poting and Winserings, Smarber, Winserings, and Barfend. 

MELBECKS, a township, in the parish of Grinton, union of Richmond, wapentake of Gilling-West, N. riding of York, 14 miles (W. by S.) from Richmond. There are places of worship for Presbyterians and Wesleyans.[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

Online Records

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

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1846-1965

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Melbeck and comprising the whole ancient parish of Grinton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the GRINTON page.

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.

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

Reeth 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

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



  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 280-283. Date accessed: 22 October 2013.
  2. 'Yorkshire North Riding,'] FreeREG, accessed 22 October 2014.