Willshamstead, Bedfordshire Genealogy
Guide to Willshamstead, Bedfordshire family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
WILLSHAMSTEAD, or Wilstead, is a parish, with a village, in the district and county of Bedford; it is on the Midland railway, 4 miles S of Bedford. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
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.
Willshamstead, Bedfordshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)|
|FREG = FreeREG - free|
|GIBBS = Bedfordshire Parish Registers by Steven Gibbs - free|
|NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - (£)|
|Willshamstead, Bedfordshire Genealogy Parish Online Records|
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.
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.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Bedfordshire 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
Maps and Gazetteers
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Willshamstead or Wilstead on GENUKI
- John Marius Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date accessed: 21 Nov 2013.
- 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 10 April 2014.
- 'Bedfordshire Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 17 April 2014.
- 'National Burial Index - Bedfordshire Coverage,' FindMyPast (WayBack Machine), accessed 17 April 2014.