Bear Wood, Berkshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Bear Wood is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Berkshire, created in 1846 from Hurst Ecclesiastical Parish and Wokingham Ecclesiastical Parish.

BEARWOOD, a chapelry in Hurst and Wokingham parishes, (which also see) Berks; 2¼. miles S of Wokingham. It was constituted in 1846.[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

Chapelry ('parish') register exist for this chapel at the Berkshire Record Office and through and its 4,600 FamilySearch Centers worldwide. These registers commence from 1846 to the 20th century. Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts 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.

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.

Probate records

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.

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales(1870). Accessed: 15 Apr 2013.