Thornton le Street, Yorkshire Genealogy

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Thornton le Street

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

Thornton le Street, Yorkshire
Thornton-le-Street St Leonard Yorkshire.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Allertonshire
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Thirsk
Registration District Thirsk
Records begin
Parish registers: 1598
Bishop's Transcripts: 1669
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Cleveland
Diocese York
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1836 - Court of the Peculiar of the Bishop of Durham and the Dean and Chapter of Allerton and Allertonshire; Post-1835 - Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office

Parish History

Thornton-le-Street St Leonard is an Ancient Parish.

THORNTON-LE-STREET (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Thirsk, wapentake of Allertonshire, N. riding of York, 3 miles (N. N. W.) from Thirsk; containing, with the township of North Kilvington, 224 inhabitants, of whom 161 are in Thornton township. [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 parish registers of Thornton le Street exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

IARC = Internet Archive - free
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HATH = - free
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AC None



For a full list of all those chapels surrounding **Chapelry** and comprising the whole ancient parish of Thornton le Street to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the Thornton le Street 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.

The Bishop's transcripts can be searched free online at FamilySearch Historical Records from the Durham Bishop's Transcripts at Thornton-le-Street (Yorkshire)
Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections
Parish Register Transcripts Thornton-le-Street (Yorkshire)

  • [April 1669-April 1770]
  • April 1696-April 1697
  • March 1714-March 1715
  • [March] 1718- March [1720]
  • March 1721-March 1722
  • 1760-1812

Additional material is found in Durham Bishop's Transcripts: The Howe Manuscript Collection under reference HBT 51 for 25 March 1729- 25 March 1730.

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

Thirsk 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.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 337-341. Date accessed: 16 October 2013.