Blunham Genealogical Records

Blunham Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

British Birth and Baptism Records (1400-2010)

A collection of indexes and transcripts of birth and baptism records that cover over 250 million people. Includes digital images of many records.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Birth Notices from The Times (1983-2003)

An index to over 100,000 birth and christening notices from The London Times.

Blunham Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

British Marriage Records (1392-2011)

A collection of indexes and transcripts of marriage records that cover over 160 million people. Includes digital images of many records.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

FreeBMD Marriages (1837-1961)

An index to marriages registered at the central authority for England & Wales. To March 1912 only the area of registration and name of one party is given. From then on, the spouse's surname is also given. Provides a reference, which can be used to order a marriage certificate with more details.

Blunham Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Baptist Chapel, Blunham Burial Records (1739-1890)

Burial records covering those buried at Baptist Chapel, Blunham_. This resource is an index and may not include all the details that were recorded in the burial registers from which they were extracted.

St Edmund Or St James, Blunham Burial Records (1571-1851)

An index of burials recorded at St Edmund Or St James, Blunham_. The index includes the name of the deceased, the date of burial, age (where available) and occasionally other notes.

Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Quaker Burials (1800-1837)

An index to burials recorded at Quaker meetings. The records contain the name of the deceased, the date they were buried and their age.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Blunham Church Records

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Beds, Hunts & Northamptonshire Baptist Ministers (1753-1835)

A non-exhaustive list of Baptist churches and their ministers in the counties.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

England Parish Registers (1538-1934)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

Blunham Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Bedfordshire Poll Book (1784)

A list of those eligible to vote, their rank, abode and other notes. Listed by parish.

Bedfordshire Poll Book (1722)

A list of those eligible to vote, their rank, abode and other notes. Listed by parish.

Bedfordshire Hearth Tax Return (1671)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Blunham Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1559-1571)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Blunham

Biggleswade Chronicle (1898-1952)

Regional news, notices of births, marriages and deaths, business notices, details on the proceedings of public institutions, adverts and a rich tapestry of other regional information from the Biggleswade district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

The Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle (1950)

A newspaper primarily covering news, family notices and adverts in south Bedfordshire.

Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle (1897-1954)

A regional newspaper including news from the Bedfordshire area, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Bedfordshire Times and Independent (1887-1951)

A regional newspaper including news from the Bedfordshire area, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette (1818-1839)

A newspaper covering local news, family announcements etc. in the counties of Huntingdon, Bedford & Cambridgeshire.

Blunham Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Blunham Cemeteries

Bedfordshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Bedfordshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Blunham Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire (1910)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Beds, Hunts & Northants (1903)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire (1898)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Beds, Hunts & Northants (1898)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Bedfordshire Gaol Register (1801-1901)

Registers of criminals held in Bedfordshire, detailing their name, age, place of birth, appearance, crime and sentence. An index to order original documents.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

Blunham Taxation Records

Bedfordshire Hearth Tax Return (1671)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Blunham Land & Property Records

Bedfordshire Poll Book (1784)

A list of those eligible to vote, their rank, abode and other notes. Listed by parish.

Bedfordshire Poll Book (1722)

A list of those eligible to vote, their rank, abode and other notes. Listed by parish.

Bedfordshire Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for Bedfordshire settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Blunham Occupation & Business Records

Coprolite Excavation in Bedfordshire (1850-1950)

Histories of the excavation of fossilized feces in Bedfordshire and its settlements.

Bedfordshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Bedfordshire pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Bedfordshire Apprentices in London (1693-1782)

A list of London apprentices, of Bedfordshire origin, including genealogical and occupational details.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Beds, Hunts & Northamptonshire Baptist Ministers (1753-1835)

A non-exhaustive list of Baptist churches and their ministers in the counties.

Blunham School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

National School Admission & Log Books (1870-1914)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording millions of children educated in schools operated by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education. Records contain a variety of information including genealogical details, education history, illnesses, exam result, fathers occupation and more.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Blunham

Victoria County History: Bedfordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Blunham Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Bedfordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

The Visitations of Bedfordshire: 1566, 1582 & 1634 (1000-1634)

Three works recording in pedigree fashion the lineages of Bedfordshire families who had the right to bear coats of arms. If your Bedfordshire ancestors were landowners, they may be listed in these works.

Bedfordshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Bedfordshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Blunham Military Records

Bedfordshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Bedfordshire, with some service details.

History of The Bedfordshires Regiment (1688-1958)

A chronological history of the regiment, followed by a brief guide to military research in the county.

Bedfordshire Airfields in WWII (1935-1947)

Details of airfields in Bedfordshire and their contribution to the war effort.

Bedfordshire WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Bedfordshire, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

Blunham Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Blunham Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Bedfordshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Bedfordshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Bedfordshire.

Bedfordshire Church Photos (1884-1945)

A large collection of photographs of Anglican and non-conformist churches.

Coprolite Excavation in Bedfordshire (1850-1950)

Histories of the excavation of fossilized feces in Bedfordshire and its settlements.

Bedfordshire Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for Bedfordshire settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Biographical Directories Covering Blunham

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Blunham Maps

Maps of Rutland (1610-1893)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Maps of Bedfordshire (1577-1892)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Parish Maps of Britain (1832)

Maps of parishes in England, Scotland and Wales. They are useful in determining which parish records may be relevant to your research.

Blunham Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Blunham Information

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Historical Description

About three miles from Roxton, a little to the left of our road, is Blunham, a small village, in the hundred of Wixamtree and deanery of Shefford. It formerly had a market on Wednesdays, and a fair on the festival of St. James, granted in the year 1315.

The manor of Blunham was some time the residennce of Charles Grey, Earl of Kent, who died there in 1625. It is at present occupied as a farm.

The parish Church contains several ancient memorials of the Longuevilles, and of the family of Bromsall. There is also the monument of Lady Susan Longueville, the daughter and heir of the above-mentioned earl of Kent.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

BLUNHAM is a parish and large village, between the rivers Ouse and Ivel, with a station on the Bedford and Cambridge line of the North Western railway, 7 miles east from Bedford, 6 south from St. Neots, 5 north-west from Biggleswade and 50 from London, in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Wixamtree, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Biggleswade, rural deanery of Biggleswade, archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Ely. The church of St. Edmund is a building of sandstone, partly of the Norman period, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a lofty embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 5 bells: in the south wall of the chancel is a monument with recumbent effigy to Susanna (Grey), daughter of Charles, 7th Earl of Kent of that family, and wife of Sir Michael Longueville, 17th century: there are also memorial slabs to the Bromsall family, including one to Margaretta Bromsall, 1664: the church was restored and entirely reseated in 1860, and in 1862 the organ was considerably enlarged at the expense of Miss Polhill of this place, who also contributed largely to the refitting of the church: the church plate includes a paten of silver given by Dr. Archer, of Blunham, in 1862: there are 350 sittings. The register dates from the year 1571. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £500, including 200 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Earl Cowper K.G. and held since 1893 by the Rev. Charles Henry Farmer B.A. of Downing College, Cambridge. There are two Baptist chapels. The Blunham Institute, founded in 1879, occupies a building formerly a school, and containing a library and reading and recreation rooms. Blunham had formerly a market and a fair at the festival of St. James, granted to Lord Hastings in 1315. There is a church acre charity of the yearly value of £1 5s. Blunham House, the residence of the Dowager Lady Payne and Sir Charles Robert Salusbury Payne bart. R.N. is a plain mansion of brick, pleasantly seated in a small park, with fine elm and other trees of considerable age, and through which the river Ivel flows. The old Manor House, now occupied as a butcher’s shop, was formerly the residence of Charles Grey, Earl of Kent. The manor anciently belonged to the Earls of Pembroke, from whom it descended by female heirs to the families of Hastings and Grey, and is now the property of Earl Cowper K.G. The principal landowners are Earl Cowper, Sir C. R. S. Payne bart. R.N. and the rector. The soil is gravel. The chief crops consist of market garden produce, such as potatoes, onions, parsley, beans and brussel sprouts, and small quantities of wheat, oats and barley. The area is 1,178 acres of land and 27 of water; rateable value, £3,073; the population in 1891 was 599.

National School (mixed), built in 1872, for 123 children; average attendance, 117.

Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire (1898)

Surnames Found in Blunham

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Norman302.93
2Ashwell302.93
3Sims292.83
4Brown232.24
5Battle232.24
6Harding212.05
7Giggle201.95
8O'Dell181.76
9Williamson171.66
10Dennis171.66
11Farr171.66
12Little161.56
13Hall151.46
14Woods151.46
15Tatman141.37
16King141.37
17Seymour131.27
18Gurney121.17
19Whiteman111.07
20Judd111.07
21Haynes111.07
22Martin111.07
23Buckle111.07
24Roberts100.98
25Dins100.98
26Reid100.98
27Keens100.98
28Kay90.88
29Payne90.88
30Jeeves90.88
31Clarke90.88
32Emery90.88
33Sharpe90.88
34Maries90.88
35Daniels80.78
36Wheatley80.78
37Atkinson80.78
38Abbott80.78
39Pane70.68
40Pack70.68
41Manchester70.68
42Mash70.68
43Thomas70.68
44Berry60.59
45Wakefield60.59
46Barker60.59
47Mardlin60.59
48Yourby60.59
49Spavins60.59
50Simms60.59
51Mann60.59
52Endersby60.59
53Gleave60.59
54Dunton60.59
55Armstrong60.59
56Watts60.59
57Winters60.59
58Blain60.59
59Ekins60.59
60Ibbots50.49
61Lowe50.49
62Bone50.49
63Lawson50.49
64Pope50.49
65Jackson50.49
66Matthews50.49
67Stanford50.49
68Bennett50.49
69Harbin50.49
70Daniel50.49
71Saunders50.49
72Bulcher50.49
73Gammon50.49
74Rawlins50.49
75Culip40.39
76Bearco40.39
77Joyce40.39
78Penwrite40.39
79Squires40.39
80Bartram40.39
81Wight40.39
82Larman40.39
83Maskell40.39
84Ricketts40.39
85Triplow40.39
86Prentice40.39
87Bind40.39
88Bones40.39
89Morris40.39
90Randall40.39
91Boston40.39
92Stevens40.39
93Hill40.39
94Elliott40.39
95Green40.39
96Cooper40.39
97White40.39
98Heading30.29
99Brocket30.29
100Franklin30.29