Sonning, Oxfordshire Genealogy

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

Sonning, Oxfordshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Sonning
County Oxfordshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Wokingham
Registration District Henley; Wokingham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1592
Bishop's Transcripts: 1592
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Reading
Diocese Pre-1836 - Salisbury; Post 1835 - Oxford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
Location of Archive
Oxfordshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

SONNING (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Wokingham, partly in the hundred of Binfield, county of Oxford, but chiefly in the hundreds of Charlton and Sonning, county of Berks, 3½ miles (E. N. E.)from Reading. Here is a place of worship for Independents. [1]

Sonning is an Ancient Parish partly in Berkshire and partly in Oxfordshire. Other places in the parish include: Sandford, Woodley and Sandford, Woodley, and Sonning Town. A more detailed description is available in

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration
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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
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Sonning, Oxfordshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

OFHS = Oxfordshire Family History Society - (£). Results delivered by email.[2]
Sonning, Oxfordshire Genealogy Online Parish Records


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OFHS 1592-1836
1592-1846 has additional information on the availability of church records.

Census records
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Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241205. (Note these records are listed under Berkshire County as the parish is mostly in Berkshire.
To view these census images online, they are available through a number of websites for a fee or free.

findmypast (fee-based) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. (fee-based) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. The library versions are known as
The (fee-based) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
FreeCen is a free based UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.

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

Poor Law Unions
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Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
England Jurisdictions 1851
Vision of Britain

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 133-139. Date accessed: 02 October 2012.
  2. 'OFHS Parish Records Date Finder,', Oxfordshire Family History Society, accessed 23 January 2014.

Oxfordshire Family History Society