Oakham, Rutland Genealogy
OAKHAM, or Okeham (All Saints), a markettown and parish, and the head of a union, in the soke of Oakham, county of Rutland, of which it is the chieftown, 95 miles (N. N. W.) from London. At Egleton is a chapel of ease; and there are places of worship in the town for Baptists, theSociety of Friends, Independents, and Wesleyans.
In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Oakham like this:
Oakham, market town, par., and county town of Rutland, 13½ miles W. of Stamford and 96 miles from London by rail - par., 3130 ac., pop. 3227; town (comprising the townships of Oakham Deanshold and Oakham Lordshold), pop. 3204; P.O., T.O. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. Oakham is situated in the fine vale of Catmose, and is a healthy and well kept town. Its trade is chiefly in coal, corn, and malt; while there are considerable mfrs. of boots and shoes, and fancy hosiery. Brewing is also carried on. Oakham is the assize town of Rutland.
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.
Deposited records are found at the Leicester and Rutland Record Office
Contact: The Record Office
Telephone: 0116 2571080
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Diocese of Peterborough : Oakham Bap 1564 - 1952 Marr 1564 - 1978 (Banns to 1980) Bur 1564 - 1894
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 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
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Rutland 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.
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 463-467. Date accessed: 09 August 2012.