Acton, Middlesex Genealogy

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Acton, Middlesex family history and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers (baptisms, christenings, marriages, and burials), civil registration (births, marriages, and deaths), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and website resources.

Parish History

ACTON St Mary (1539), a parish, in the union of Brentford, Kensington division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county of Middlesex, 5 miles (W.) from London. Also see East Acton and Steyne. 

The following chapelries and district churches lay within the St Mary Acton Parish boundary:

  • All Saints, Bollo Bridge Rd. - 1872
  • St Aidan Church Mission - 1888
  • St Albans, Acton Green - 1888
  • St Andrews, Salisbury St.  -
  • St Barnabas, Acton Vale - 1891
  • St Cuthbert's, Bollo Lane -
  • St Dunstan's, East Acton - 1879
  • St Thomas, Bromyard Ave, Acton – 1891

An Independent and a Wesleyan Chapel were built here, as well as a private mansion which was used as a Roman Catholic chapel.[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 Acton St Mary Parish Register Images and Indexes
1539-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1906 Ancestry[3] 1755-1921 Ancestry[4] 1813-1963 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1539-1690 BritishOrigins[6] 1558-1754 FreeReg[7] 1566-1861 FindMyPast[8]
Unknown FindMyPast[9] 1566-1837 FindMyPast[10] 1600-1684 BritishOrigins[11]
1566-1812 TheGenealogist[12]
1566-1812 FamilyRelatives[13]
1566-1812 Joiner[14]
1566-1837 FindMyPast[15]
    1790-1812 Ancestry[16]    
1813-1837 BritishOrigins[17]
1813-1837 BritishOrigins[18]

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.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

A List of District Churches and Chapels in Acton Parish

Here's a list of all those known churches and chapels associated and lying within the boundaries of Acton St Mary:

  • All Saints, Bollo Bridge Rd. - 1872
  • St. Albans, Acton Green - 1888
  • St. Andrews, Salisbury St. -1894
  • St. Barnabas, Acton Vale - 1891
  • St. Cuthbert's, Bollo Lane - 1880
  • St. Dunstan's, East Acton - 1879
  • St. Mary's, High St. – 1539 (* ancient parish)
  • St Thomas, Bromyard Ave, Acton – 1891

Census and Inhabitants Lists

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.

1666 Hearth Tax
1666-1674 Hearth Taxes
  • Smith, A. Harper and T. Harper Smith. Acton: The Hearth Tax Assessments, 1664-1674. London: A. and T. Harper, 1988. FHL British Book 942.1/A1 R4s.

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.

Manor records

Acton Manor records survive from the 1200s to the 1900s. The Manorial Documents Register serves as a guide to these records and where they are stored.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex 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.

Web sites

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


  1. Samuel Lewis, ed. "Ackworth - Adbaston," in A Topographical Dictionary of England (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), 9-12; digital version at British History Online, (accessed: 02 April 2010); John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, (Edinburgh: A. Fullerton and Co., 1870). Digital version at Vision of Britain.
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Mary's, Acton in Ealing Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Acton St Mary in Ealing Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Acton St Mary in Ealing Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Acton St Mary in Ealing Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. 'About Middlesex Baptisms Index 1538-1751,' British Origins, accessed 16 March 2012.
  7. Middlesex and London Coverage, FreeReg, accessed 6 November 2012.
  8. 'Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  9. 'Middlesex baptism records coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 29 September 2012.
  10. 'West Middlesex Marriage Index Coverage,' FindMyPast, accessed 8 March 2012.
  11. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  12. 'Middlesex Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 10 March 2012.
  13. 'Middlesex Parish registers collection 1538 on,' Family Relatives, accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.
  14. 'Search Marriage Records in Middlesex,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 20 March 2012.
  15. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  16. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  17. 'Webb's London Marriages - Marriages, periods and parishes/churches,' British Origins, accessed 12 March 2012.
  18. 'Surrey Marriage Index - Middlesex parishes in the index,' British Origins, accessed 17 September 2012.