Cowley, Middlesex Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Middlesex Gotoarrow.png  Middlesex Parishes Gotoarrow.png  Cowley

Parish History

'Cowley St. Lawrence,a parish, in the union of Uxbridge, hundred of Elthorne, county of Middlesex, 1½ mile (S. by E.) from Uxbridge.'[1]

Another quote:

'COWLEY, or Cowley-Peachy, a parish in Uxbridge district, Middlesex; on the Roman road from Staines to St. Albans, the river Colne, and the Grand Junction canal, at the boundary with Bucks 1 ½ mile S of Uxbridge r. station, and 1½ N of West Drayton.'[2]

The Victoria County History of Cowley (1962) is available online. It includes a history of land ownership, manors, estates, mills, local government, church, nonconformity, schools, and charities.[3]

Resources

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 Cowley Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1562
1562
1562
Images
1562-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1813-1906 Ancestry[5] 1755-1921 Ancestry[6] 1813-1938 Ancestry[7]
Indexes 1562-1876 BritishOrigins[8] 1563-1837 FindMyPast[9]
1563-1812 FamilyRelatives[10]
1563-1812 TheGenealogist[11]
1563-1812 Joiner[12]
1564-1837 FindMyPast[13]
1629, 1639 BritishOrigins[14]
    1790-1812 Ancestry[15]    

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

Census records

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.

References

  1. Samuel Lewis, ed. " Chinley - Chiswick," In A Topographical Dictionary of England 710-713. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), Online here, (accessed: 19 April 2010).
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72).
  3. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 170-177. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=85 Date accessed: 27 March 2012.
  4. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Laurence, Cowley in Hillingdon Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Cowley in Hillingdon Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Cowley in Hillingdon Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Cowley in Hillingdon Borough. Partially indexed.
  8. 'About Middlesex Baptisms Index 1538-1751,' British Origins, accessed 16 March 2012.
  9. 'West Middlesex Marriage Index Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 8 March 2012.
  10. 'Middlesex Parish registers collection 1538 on Familyrelatives.com,' Family Relatives, accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.
  11. 'Middlesex Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 10 March 2012.
  12. 'Search Marriage Records in Middlesex,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 20 March 2012.
  13. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net, 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
  14. 'Webb's London Marriages - Marriages, periods and parishes/churches,' British Origins, accessed 12 March 2012.
  15. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm