Bowers Gifford Genealogical Records

Bowers Gifford 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.

St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford Baptism Records (1559-1987)

Records of baptism for people born in and around Bowers Gifford between 1559 and 1987. Details include child's name, parent's names and date of birth and/or baptism. Records may also include parent's occupations, residence, place of origin and more.

Essex Baptism Registers (1537-Present)

Digital images of all baptism registers deposited at Essex Archives. Some registers are indexed by name.

Essex Parish Registers (1538-1900)

An index to over 500,000 entries from Essex Anglican church registers.

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.

Bowers Gifford 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.

St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford Banns Records (1759-1998)

Banns registers list the names of people who intended to marry by the system of calling banns, in which the bride and groom's name were called for three weeks at church. At these callings objections could be made to a marriage. Thus they record any intended marriages that didn't occur.

St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford Marriage Records (1559-1998)

The Marriage registers of St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford, document marriages 1559 to 1998. Details given on the bride and groom may include their age, father's name, marital status and residence.

Diocese of London Marriage Licences (1597-1921)

Images of original marriage licences from the Diocese of London, searchable by a name index. These records can provide details not listed in marriage registers, such as age, parents and occupations. They can also act as a substitute in the case of missing marriage registers.

Essex Marriage Registers (1537-Present)

Digital images of all marriage registers deposited at Essex Archives. Some registers are indexed by name.

Bowers Gifford 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.

St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford Burial Records (1558-1973)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present.

St Margaret of Antioch, Bowers Gifford Burials (1558-1973)

Burial records covering those buried at St Margaret of Antioch, Bowers Gifford_. This resource is an index and may not include all the details that were recorded in the burial registers from which they were extracted.

Essex Burial Registers (1537-Present)

Digital images of all burial registers deposited at Essex Archives. Some registers are indexed by name.

Essex Parish Registers (1538-1900)

An index to over 500,000 entries from Essex Anglican church registers.

Bowers Gifford Church Records

Bowers Gifford Parish Registers (1558-1998)

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

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

The London Diocese Book (1890)

A calendar for the Diocese and a list of over 6,000 of its clergy.

Essex Parish Registers (1537-Present)

Digital images of all parish registers deposited at Essex Archives. Some registers are indexed by name.

Essex Church Photographs (2004-Present)

Photographs of the interiors and exteriors of Essex churches. Also contains some architectural information.

Bowers Gifford 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.

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.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 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.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

British Phone Books (1880-1984)

Directories containing over 275,000,000 entries. As well as name, address and phone number, occupations are often recorded. A useful census substitute.

Bowers Gifford 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.

Archdeaconry of Essex Probate Index (1400-1720)

An index to wills proved by the Archdeaconry of Essex. The index includes the testator's name, residence, occupation and a reference to order a copy of the will.

Commissary Court of London Wills & Probate (1523-1857)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Commissary Court of London. These records can help trace families back to the late 15th century.

Consistory Court of London Wills & Probate (1514-1858)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Consistory Court of London. These records can help trace families back to the late 15th century.

London Consistory Court Wills (1492-1520)

Transcriptions of early wills covering the City of London and its environs.

Newspapers Covering Bowers Gifford

Chelmsford Chronicle (1783-1950)

A local newspaper including news from the Chelmsford district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Essex Newsman (1870-1949)

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 Essex district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Essex Standard (1831-1900)

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

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.

The Colchester Gazette and General Advertiser (1814-1817)

A newspaper covering Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Around 50% of issues from 1814-1817. Original images, searchable by an OCR index.

Bowers Gifford 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.

Bowers Gifford Cemeteries

St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford MIs (1500-1986)

Details extracted from tombs, monuments and plaques at St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford.

The Ancient Sepulchral Monuments of Essex (1135-1890)

Transcriptions and illustrations of monuments erected remembrance of personages in Essex. Also contains pedigrees for historic families of the county.

Essex Church Monuments (1300-1900)

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

Essex Monumental Inscriptions (1100-2007)

An index to vital details engraved on over 170,000 gravestones and other monuments across the county of Essex.

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.

Bowers Gifford Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Essex (1937)

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 Essex (1933)

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 Essex (1929)

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 Essex (1925-1926)

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 Essex (1922)

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.

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

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.

Bowers Gifford Taxation Records

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.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Testa De Nevill (1198-1251)

An account of knights' fees and serjeanties in the reigns of Henry the Third and Edward the First.

Bowers Gifford Land & Property Records

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.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

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.

Return of Owners of Land England (1873)

A list of landowners in England giving their primary residence, extent of their land and estimated yearly rental.

Bowers Gifford Occupation & Business Records

Smuggling on the South East Coast (1675-1871)

An introduction to smuggling in on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Essex Wages Assessment (1651)

Details of the wages to be expected for various tradesmen and labourers.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Essex Pub Histories (1820-Present)

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

Lost Pubs of Essex (1750-Present)

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

Bowers Gifford 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 Bowers Gifford

The Ancient Sepulchral Monuments of Essex (1135-1890)

Transcriptions and illustrations of monuments erected remembrance of personages in Essex. Also contains pedigrees for historic families of the county.

Victoria County History: Essex (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.

Bowers Gifford Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Essex (1086-1900)

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

Visitations of Essex: 1552, 1558, 1570, 1612 & 1634 (1000-1634)

Five collections of pedigrees based on 16th and 17th century genealogical manuscripts. These works record families who had a right to bear coat of arms, essentially the gentry.

Essex Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Essex'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.

Bowers Gifford Military Records

The Essex Regiment - 1st Battalion (44th) (1740-1919)

A chronicle of the regiment's part in numerous military campaigns from around the world.

Essex WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Essex WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Essex, 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.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

Bowers Gifford 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.

Bowers Gifford Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Essex (1086-1900)

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

Handbook: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk & Cambridgeshire (1892)

A traveller's guide to four Southern counties.

Essex Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Essex.

Essex Church Photographs (2004-Present)

Photographs of the interiors and exteriors of Essex churches. Also contains some architectural information.

Dictionary of Essex & Suffolk Words and Phrases (1700-1950)

A short list of words and phrases peculiar to the two counties.

Biographical Directories Covering Bowers Gifford

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.

Bowers Gifford Maps

Essex and Suffolk Maps (1360-1910)

A collection of maps plotting the counties of Essex and Suffolk, and some of their settlements.

Maps of Essex (1601-1892)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

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.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Bowers Gifford Reference Works

Essex Place Names (1200-1850)

A database of names of fields, roads, inns, houses, farms, manors, places, rivers, streams, woods, etc, and names of owners, tenants, landlords, parties to agreements etc, recorded from historic documents.

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.

Bowers Gifford Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

BOWERS GIFFORD (or Bowers, or Bures) is a small parish and village, bounded on the south by the creek which separates Canvey Island from the mainland and gives communication with the Thames: it is 1 ½ miles east-by-north from Pitsea station on the London, Tilbury and Southend railway, 14 miles south-east from Brentwood, 10 west from Southend and 32 from London, in the Mid division of the county, Barstable hundred, Billericay union, Brentwood petty sessional division, Southend county court district, and in the rural deanery of Rochford, archdeaconry of Essex and diocese of St. Albans. Long previously to the Domesday Survey this parish belonged to Westminster Abbey. The church of St. Margaret is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel and nave, south porch and a western tower with spire containing 2 bells: the chancel, which has been restored, has a stained east window: there is a mutilated brass of Sir John de Gifford, ob. 1348, the head of the effigy and inscription being lost: the church affords 100 sittings. The register of baptisms dates from 1559; marriages and burials, 1558. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £400, with 36 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of F. M. & A. Williams esqrs. and held since 1901 by the Rev. Arthur Harrison B.A. of Christ’s College, Cambridge. The Congregational chapel here was built in 1885. The manor is attached to the rectory. Mrs. Spitty, of Billericay, James Heygate esq. and Sir Duncan A. D. Campbell bart. F.S.A. Scot., F.R.G.S, of 16 Ridgeway place, Wimbledon, Surrey, are the principal landowners. The soil is heavy; subsoil, clay. The area is 2,399 acres of land and 56 water; rateable value £2,096; the population in 1901 was 230.

National School (mixed), built in 1846 & enlarged in 1892, for 81 children; average attendance, 70.

Kelly's Directory of Essex (1902)

Surnames Found in Bowers Gifford

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Prompet168.12
2Parker136.60
3Williams73.55
4Emmons73.55
5Staines73.55
6Beddington63.05
7Cornell63.05
8Harvey52.54
9Masson52.54
10Crow52.54
11English52.54
12Brown52.54
13Bettis52.54
14Cue42.03
15Pleasant42.03
16Hockley42.03
17Promfret31.52
18Potter31.52
19Chiddick31.52
20Clark31.52
21Bunn31.52
22Ellison31.52
23Perry31.52
24Daines31.52
25Watts31.52
26Upson31.52
27Davis31.52
28Richardson31.52
29Talbot31.52
30Penny21.02
31Sparks21.02
32Podd21.02
33Abrey21.02
34Tinworth21.02
35Bright21.02
36Knight21.02
37Moore21.02
38Curtis21.02
39Frost21.02
40Smith21.02
41Mead21.02
42Scott21.02
43Shaw10.51
44Linder10.51
45Orris10.51
46Price10.51
47Saveall10.51
48Turner10.51
49Ravin10.51
50Hughes10.51
51Willks10.51
52Nickolos10.51
53Adams10.51
54Gray10.51
55Chandler10.51
56Butterfield10.51
57Finch10.51
58Read10.51
59Kent10.51
60Savill10.51
61Shield10.51
62Grout10.51
63Wells10.51
64Monkhouse10.51
65Stevens10.51
66Wiffin10.51
67Baker10.51
68Cottis10.51
69Lanster10.51

* Statistics based on the 1881 census