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

Thatcham, Berkshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Faircross; Reading
County Berkshire
Poor Law Union Newbury
Registration District Newbury
Records begin
Parish registers: 1561
Bishop's Transcripts: 1612
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Newbury
Diocese Pre-1836 - Salisbury; Post-1835 - Oxford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
Location of Archive
Berkshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

THATCHAM (St. Luke), a parish, in the union of Newbury, partly in the hundred of Faircross, but chiefly in that of Reading, county of Berks, 3 miles (E.) from Newbury; containing, with the chapelries of Greenham and Midgham. The Independents have a place of worship. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

FMP = Berkshire Baptism, Marriage, Burial Indexes (FindMyPast) - ($)
FS = FamilySearch - free
ANC = England & Wales Christenings and Marriages (Ancestry) - ($)
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Thatcham Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FS 1538-1975
ANC 1530-1980

IGI 1560-1812,1561-1826,1764-1805,1775-1821,


FS Catalog PRs
FS Catalog BTs

Cold Ash parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Cold Ash Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FS 1538-1975
ANC 1530-1980

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.

Transcribed and contributed by Smallbone, K. Hampshire Entries in the Thatcham Marriage Registers 1561-1840.  Thatcham lies on the border of Hampshire and Berkshire.   Marriage listings start in April 1562-1721, giving date, names and original parish. Article in the Hampshire Family Historian, vol.5,no.2, August 1978, pages 47-48 Family History Library Ref. 942.27 B2h no2-4

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Census records[edit | edit source]

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.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Berkshire 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[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Thatcham in GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis,Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 321-326. Date accessed: 3 October 2013.