Hedsor Genealogical Records

Hedsor 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.

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.

London Clandestine Marriages & Baptisms (1667-1754)

Registers of clandestine marriages and baptisms from the Fleet Prison, King's Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel. These events were recorded to avoid church regulations. Although the majority of records related to people in the London area, they cover people from throughout Britain and in some cases abroad.

Hedsor 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.

Hedsor Marriage Records (1678-1837)

A searchable transcript of the marriage registers of Hedsor. Church marriage registers are the primary source for pre-1837 marriages. They may record the bride and groom's residence, the groom's occupation, parent's names, marital status and witnesses.

Lincoln Diocese Marriage Licences (1598-1628)

Abstracts of documents grating couples a right to marry in church by licences issued by Lincoln Diocese. The abstracts list name, condition, occupation, residence, age and other details.

Lincoln Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations (1628-1837)

An index to over 40,000 marriage allegations issued by the Diocese of Lincoln, its Dean and Chapters and Prebendal Courts.

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.

Hedsor 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.

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.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

British Army Death Index (1796-2005)

An index to deaths of British Army personal at home and abroad.

Death Notices from The Times (1982-1988)

An index to over 54,000 death notices and obituaries from The London Times.

Hedsor Church Records

Archdeaconry of Buckingham Episcopal Visitation Book (1662)

Legal records created as the result of the visitation of the bishop to the parishes in the Archdeaconry

Lincoln Episcopal Records (1571-1584)

Records relating to the administration of Lincoln Diocese. Includes act books and bishop's registers.

State of the Church: Eliz I & James I (1571-1606)

Extracts from the records of the Diocese of Lincoln, including visitations, subsidy rolls, clergy lists, records relating to papists and non-conformists etc.

Rotuli Ricardi Gravesend (1259-1279)

Records relating to the administration of Lincoln Diocese.

Rotuli Hugonis de Welles, Vol. I (1186-1203)

Records relating to the administration of Lincoln Diocese.

Hedsor 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.

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire Subsidy Roll (1524)

A transcription of records detailing taxes paid in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Certificate of Musters (1522)

An early census of heads of households, with details on their worth for taxation.

Early Buckinghamshire Taxation Returns (1217-1513)

A collection of early taxation records, including a very detailed 1332 lay subsidy, which lists peoples' personal effects and their value.

Hedsor 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.

Courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham (1483-1523)

Transcripts of wills and proceedings of the ecclesiastical courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham. These records are in Latin.

Early Lincoln Wills (1280-1547)

Abstracts of early wills, naming legates etc., from the Diocese of Lincoln, covering parts of Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.

Consistory Court of Lincoln Probate Index (1601-1652)

Index of wills proved in the Consistory Court of Lincoln. Provides a reference which can be used to locate records.

Calendars of Lincoln Wills (1601-1652)

A list of wills proved by the Consistory Court of Lincoln.

Newspapers Covering Hedsor

Windsor and Eton Express (1839)

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

Reading Mercury (1770-1903)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Reading area.

Herts Guardian (1852-1867)

A regional newspaper primarily covering Hertfordshire, but also Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Middlesex. Its coverage was biased towards agricultural issues and affairs. It contained announcements of births, marriages and deaths.

Bucks Herald (1833-1909)

A conservative newspaper covering news in the county of Buckinghamshire, particularly the district of Aylesbury. Contains family announcements, business notices, advertisements and other items of interest to family historians.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Hedsor 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.

Hedsor Cemeteries

Buckinghamshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Buckinghamshire'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.

Hedsor Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1939)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1935)

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

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1931)

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

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1928)

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

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1924)

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

Archdeaconry of Buckingham Episcopal Visitation Book (1662)

Legal records created as the result of the visitation of the bishop to the parishes in the Archdeaconry

Courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham (1483-1523)

Transcripts of wills and proceedings of the ecclesiastical courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham. These records are in Latin.

Calendars of Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions (1678-1733)

Abstracts of records covering minor legal matters in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1195-1250)

Transcriptions of early Buckinghamshire land records. These records have been translated to English.

Calendar of Buckinghamshire Records (1390-1800)

Abstracts of various deeds, settlements and other records pertaining to Buckinghamshire. Records are ordered by parish and list their reference number.

Hedsor Taxation Records

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire Subsidy Roll (1524)

A transcription of records detailing taxes paid in Buckinghamshire.

Early Buckinghamshire Taxation Returns (1217-1513)

A collection of early taxation records, including a very detailed 1332 lay subsidy, which lists peoples' personal effects and their value.

Ship Money Papers & Richard Grenville's Note-Book (1635-1647)

A collection of records detailing taxes and agreements relating to shipping.

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.

Hedsor Land & Property Records

Early Buckinghamshire Charters (1200-1300)

Transcriptions of deeds and charters from various collections. These records primarily detail the affairs of land-owners.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1195-1250)

Transcriptions of early Buckinghamshire land records. These records have been translated to English.

Calendar of Buckinghamshire Records (1390-1800)

Abstracts of various deeds, settlements and other records pertaining to Buckinghamshire. Records are ordered by parish and list their reference number.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1327-1509)

Abstracts of lawsuits over Buckinghamshire land. Digital images of some records are available on an external site.

Calendar of the Roll of the Justices on Eyre (1227-1228)

Abstracts of records produced by itinerant justices from Westminster in Buckinghamshire. These records largely deal with land disputes.

Hedsor Occupation & Business Records

Buckinghamshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

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

South England Mines Index (1896)

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

Lost Pubs of Buckinghamshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

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.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Hedsor 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.

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.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Hedsor

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (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.

Hedsor Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (1086-1900)

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

Buckinghamshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Buckinghamshire'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.

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.

Hedsor Military Records

Oxfordshire & Bucks Light Infantry Chronicle (1914-1920)

A record of the regiment covering topics from lists of fallen to sports during the time of WWI.

The Buckinghamshire Posse Comitatus (1798)

A survey of Buckinghamshire men who were eligible and able to serve in the military. Includes occupations and a name index.

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Soldiers (1800-1945)

An index to over 125,000 Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire soldiers whose records are deposited with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

Hedsor 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.

Hedsor Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (1086-1900)

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

Buckinghamshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Vocabulary (1850-1897)

A dictionary of words from the Buckinghamshire dialect.

Buckinghamshire Church Photos (1909-2007)

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

Buckinghamshire Photos (1886-2007)

Photographs ordered by settlement.

Biographical Directories Covering Hedsor

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.

Hedsor Maps

Maps of Buckinghamshire (1610-1892)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Buckinghamshire Hundreds Maps (1847)

Topographical maps of each of the counties hundreds.

Lysson's Map of Berkshire (1806)

The map of Berkshire that appeared in the Magna Britania.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

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

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Hedsor 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.

Hedsor Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

HEDSOR is a parish on the rivers Thames and Wick, 1 ½ miles south from Bourne End station, on the Maidenhead, Wycombe and Oxford branch of the Great Western railway, 3 ½ south-west from Beaconsfield, 6 south-east from High Wycombe and 4 north from Maidenhead, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Desborough, Marlow petty sessional division, Wycombe county court district, Wycombe union, rural deanery of Wycombe, archdeaconry of Buckingham and diocese of Oxford. The church of St. Nicholas, one of the smallest in the county, is beautifully situated on a hill 303 feet above the level of the sea, within Hedsor Park, and is a structure of chalk and flint with stone facings in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, baptistery, and west porch: a set of 8 tabular chimes were given by F. D. Lambert, jun. esq. in memory of his wife at Xmas, 1888: the date of the original structure is uncertain, but it is on record that “John Stephens was presented to the living by the King in 1403:” according to a somewhat eccentric inscription on a tomb at the west end of the church, it was “re-edified” by Roland Hynd, then owner of the manor, in 1575: a north aisle was added and the church restored generally by George, 4th Lord Boston, in 1862: a canopied reredos of stone enriched with mosaics, surmounting a communion table of carved cedar with marble top has since been erected; the front is divided by small columns and arches into seven compartments, filled in with paintings on china of our Blessed Lord, the four Doctors of the Church and St. Hugh and St. Nicholas; the chancel screen, of oak with brass gates, was erected to Florance George Henry, 5th Lord Boston, who died 3rd January, 1877: there are several memorial windows, a tablet to Roland Hynd and one erected by Frederick, 2nd Baron Boston, in 1801, to Nathaniel Hooke, author of a Roman History, who died 19th July, 1763, and is buried here: in 1886 considerable alterations were made in the church, a baptistery was erected on the site of the old porch, and a new porch built at the west end of the aisle: the stone pulpit is adorned with quatrefoils, mosaic work and marble bosses, and there is also a brass lectern and seven sanctuary lamps: the interior was also re-arranged and decorated, and there are now some fine carved oak stalls and mural paintings of considerable merit: the church affords 150 sittings: the churchyard presents an unusually simple appearance, from the fact that all the tombstones are level with the turf, which custom has always prevailed here, and only from 12 to 18 inches square, simply bearing names and dates. The register dates from the year 1678; many earlier entries are included in the registers of Little Marlow. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £72, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford (one turn) and of Lord Boston (two turns), and held since 1880 by the Rev. Morgan Edward Kirkland M.A. of Exeter College, Oxford. There are charities of £2 annual value. Hedsor House, rebuilt in 1862, the seat of Lord Boston D.L. is a noble mansion of white brick with stone dressings, in the Italian style, and is situated on an eminence affording on the south-west a fine view of the river Thames: the house is surrounded by extensive and tastefully laid out pleasure grounds, in which, on the summit of a hill, stands an ornamental castellated building overlooking Cookham: the square tower was erected by George, 3rd baron Boston, in memory of King George III. Lord Boston is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is gravelly loam; subsoil, sand. The land is wood, arable and pasture. The area is 531 acres of land and 11 of water; assessable value, £1,633; the population in 1891 was 184.

Under the provisions of the “Divided Parishes Act,” Well End has been transferred from Hedsor to Little Marlow.

National School (mixed), a brick building to hold 50 children; average attendance, 20.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1899)

Lambert Farm, in the parish of Hedsor, was formerly held under the manor by the service of bringing-in the first dish at the lord’s table on St. Stephen’s day, and presenting him with two hens, a cock, a gallon of ale, and two manchets of white bread. After dinner the lord delivered to the tenant a sparrow-hawk, and a couple of spaniels, to be kept, at his cost and charges, for the lord’s use. A composition is now received in lieu of this service.

In Hedsor parish Church, which is a very small building, are some memorials of the family of Hynde and Parker. In the church yard are deposited the remains of Nathaniel Hook, author of the Homan History, to whose memory a tablet has been lately put up with a Latin inscription, at the expence of Lord Boston; he died 2d July, 1763. Near the church is a yew tree, which measures 27 feet in circumference.

Hedsor Lodge, the seat of Lord Boston, is situated on the brow of a hill, commanding a very beautiful view of the Thames, and some of the most picturesque parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

In the library is a curious portrait of Conrad Ernest Copperman, a dwarf, who was page of the backstairs to the Princess Dowager of Wales; he died at the age of 35, being then only three feet five inches in height.

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

Surnames Found in Hedsor

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Ayers127.74
2Goff127.74
3Speller95.81
4Lovett85.16
5House85.16
6Avenell74.52
7Boddy63.87
8Wheeler63.87
9Lynn63.87
10Winch53.23
11Segrove53.23
12Turner42.58
13Billinghurst42.58
14Hughes42.58
15Brown42.58
16Epps42.58
17Dutton42.58
18Smith31.94
19Pheby31.94
20Daws21.29
21Clark21.29
22Kirkland21.29
23Newell21.29
24Irby21.29
25Boston21.29
26Bailey21.29
27Reeves21.29
28Chaney21.29
29Whatmore21.29
30Crowdy10.65
31Date10.65
32Rance10.65
33Kyte10.65
34Christmas10.65
35Bartlett10.65
36Lee10.65
37Collins10.65
38Russell10.65
39Gibson10.65
40Grant10.65
41Reynolds10.65
42Porter10.65
43Parsons10.65
44Woods10.65
45Lawson10.65
46Fleming10.65
47Simmons10.65
48Birch10.65
49Cooper10.65
50Martin10.65

* Statistics based on the 1881 census