Chale Genealogical Records

Chale 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.

Isle of Wight Birth Index (1837-2010)

An index to births registered on the Isle of Wight. Entries include sub-registration district and mother's maiden name.

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.

Chale 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.

Isle of Wight Marriage Index (1837-2010)

An index to marriages registered on the Isle of Wight. Entries include spouse's full name and place of marriage if an Anglican church.

Isle of Wight Marriages (1837-1900)

Transcriptions of all Anglican marriages in the Isle of Wight from 1837 to 1900. Includes fathers' names', condition, age and location.

Diocese of Winchester Marriage Licences (1597-1921)

Images of original marriage licences from the Diocese of Winchester, 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.

Winchester Diocese Marriage Allegation A-L (1689-1837)

Brief details extracted from allegations to marry by licence in the Diocese of Winchester. Can contain more detail than parish records, including details such as age, occupation and parents' names.

Chale 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.

Isle of Wight Death Index (1837-2010)

An index to deaths registered on the Isle of Wight. Entries include sub-registration district, age and maiden name.

Dorset & Hampshire Quaker Burials (1776-1837)

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.

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.

Chale Church Records

Hampshire Church Photographs & Stats (1851-Present)

Photographs of parish churches in Hampshire, with architectural details and extracts from the 1851 ecclesiastical census.

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.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

Hampshire Church Photographs (1980-Present)

Low resolution photographs of Hampshire churches.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

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

Chale 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.

Isle of Wight Census (1841)

A transcription to a list of all people on the Isle of Wight in 1841. Includes ages, occupations, residences and family relations.

Hearth Tax Returns for the Isle of Wight (1664-1674)

Transcriptions of hearth tax records for the Isle of Wight.

The Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment (1665)

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.

Chale 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.

Bishop's Commissary of Winchester Wills & Probate (1507-1858)

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

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.

Newspapers Covering Chale

Portsmouth Evening News (1878-1904)

A local paper including news from the Portsmouth area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Isle of Wight Observer (1852-1900)

A newspaper covering events on the Isle of Wight. It includes family announcements, reports on legal proceedings and business notices & advertisements.

Western Gazette (1863-1950)

A regional newspaper covering the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire Hampshire and Berkshire. It covers local and national news, family announcements, business news, legal proceedings and more.

Hampshire Advertiser (1830-1900)

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

Hampshire Telegraph (1799-1900)

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

Chale 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.

Chale Cemeteries

Hampshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Hampshire'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.

Chale Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Isle of Wight (1904)

Descriptions of physical and geological landmarks, a listing of government offices and descriptions of the villages & parishes, including a list of the private residents.

Hampshire Treasures Online (2007-Present)

A survey of natural and man-made places of interest in the county.

Old Hampshire Gazetteer (2001)

A survey of settlements in the county, with particular attention given to etymology. Contains reference to a number of old maps.

Kelly's Directory Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1927)

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 Hampshire (1920)

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.

Isle of Wight Paupers (1868-1875)

An index to several thousand people mentioned in poor law records. Original records may contain genealogical and biographical information.

Isle of Wight Indictment Certificates (1768-1836)

An index to over 2,250 records recording charges at Quarter Sessions.

Isle of Wight Sacrament Certificates (1673-1827)

An index to over 1,000 certificates recording civil and military officials taking of sacraments in an Anglican church.

Isle of Wight Poor Law (1771-1896)

Historical notices relating to the administration of the needy poor on the Isle of Wight.

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.

Chale Taxation Records

Hearth Tax Returns for the Isle of Wight (1664-1674)

Transcriptions of hearth tax records for the Isle of Wight.

The Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment (1665)

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

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.

Chale 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.

Chale Occupation & Business Records

Isle of Wight Photographers (1840-1890)

Biographies, genealogical details and examples of work for photographers who plied their trade on the Isle of Wight.

Cowes Registry of Shipping (1786-1930)

An index to registers recording ships based on the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Alehouse Licenses (1766-1819)

An index to over 2,000 alehouse licenses issued on the Isle of Wight. Includes names of the publicans.

Isle of Wight Apprentices (1689-1835)

An index to indentures recording the binding of an apprentice to a master tradesman. Original records usually contain genealogical information.

Isle of Wight Brickmaking History (1500-1974)

A detailed history of brickmaking on the Isle, with a list of sites where bricks were produced.

Chale 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 Chale

Victoria County History: Hampshire (1086-1900)

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

Pedigrees of Hampshire Families (1066-1833)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Hampshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

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.

Chale Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Hampshire (1086-1900)

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

Pedigrees of Hampshire Families (1066-1833)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Hampshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Hampshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Hampshire'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.

Chale Military Records

Isle of Wight War Memorials Index (1899-1945)

Names extracted from war memorials on the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Isle of Wight WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Hampshire Yeomanry History (1794-Present)

The history of a Hampshire-based volunteer military regiment.

Hampshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Chale 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.

Chale Histories & Books

Isle of White Postcards (1890-1950)

A large collection of postcards, sorted by location.

Isle of Wight Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight History (1900 BC-1932)

A series of articles detailing the history of the Isle of Wight from earliest times.

Isle of Wight Poor Law (1771-1896)

Historical notices relating to the administration of the needy poor on the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Treasures Online (2007-Present)

A survey of natural and man-made places of interest in the county.

Biographical Directories Covering Chale

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.

Chale Maps

Isle of Wight Map (1804)

A map charting the principal settlements and landmarks on the island.

Old Hampshire Gazetteer (2001)

A survey of settlements in the county, with particular attention given to etymology. Contains reference to a number of old maps.

Old Hampshire Mapped (1535-1830)

A series of old maps, itineraries and descriptions of the county.

Maps of Hampshire (1595-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

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

Chale 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.

Chale Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

CHALE is a parish and village, 4 ½ miles east from Whitwell and 3 ½ miles north-east from Godshill station, on the Merston Junction and Ventnor railway, 8 ½ miles south-south-west from Newport and 7 miles west of Ventnor, in West Medina liberty, rural deanery of West Wight, archdeaconry of the Isle of Wight and diocese of Winchester. The church of St. Andrew, erected by Hugh Vernon about 1113, is still partly Norman, though little of the original structure now remains: it consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, north and south porches, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells, 2 of which were given by Mr. G. A. Hearn, of New York, the rest being old: there is a monument of white marble to Sir Henry Worsley, who died in 1843, and a number of stained windows, including five presented by Mr. G. A. Hearn: in the churchyard is interred Captain Samuel Walker, of the ill-fated ship” Clarendon,” which, on the homeward-bound passage from the West Indies, was wrecked in Chale Bay, on the 11th October, 1836, when 12 of the crew and all the passengers, 13 in number, perished: there are 300 sittings. The register dates from the year 1679. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £287, with 39 acres and residence, in the gift of the trustees of the late W. Rhodes esq. and held by the Rev. Charles William Heald M.A. of Corpus Christi college, Oxford. The Bible Christian chapel here, built in 1842, was rebuilt in 1884, and has 130 sittings. The Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1888, is a building of stone, and has sittings for about 120 persons. There is also a Mission Hall at Blackgang, erected in 1873, by the late Mr. Charles Reade, and seating about 300. Half a mile from the Church is Blackgang Chine, a tremendous chasm, the sides of which are nearly 500 feet in height, shelving down to the shore, and terminating inland in a projecting rock 40 feet in height, over which falls a small stream: the view from the summit comprises the whole of the coast to the Needles, with the Dorsetshire coast in the distance. Near to the Chine is St. Catherine's Hill, which is upwards of 800 feet above the sea level, and is said to be the highest point in the island: the ancient Manor House, an interesting architectural relic, stands near. The Medina river takes its rise at the foot of this hill, at a place called Hermitage: on the summit is St. Catherine’s Tower, a small building surmounted by an octagonal lantern, being all that now remains of a chapel built here in 1323 by one Walter de Godyton, whose name is still retained in a corrupted form, in that of a farm on the west slope of the hill, called “Gotten Farm.” On the brow of the hill is an elegant column, erected by the late Michael Hoy esq. to commemorate the visit of his Imperial Majesty Alexander I. Emperor of Russia: it is 72 feet high, and visible from the greater part of the island. A military road has been made from Chale Church to Freshwater, a distance of 10 ¼ miles, in connection with the south coast defences. The principal landowners are Lady Mary A. B. Gordon, of North Court, Shorwell, the Rev. Charles Theobald M.A. rector of Lasham, Hants, the trustees of the late Mr. Best, Messrs. Way, Russell, Sprake, Linington and the trustees of the late Mr. Morris. The land is all freehold. The soil is strong loam; subsoil, chalk. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley; the area is 2,222 acres of land and 54 of foreshore; rateable value, £3,718; the population in 1891 was 607.

Parochial School (mixed & infants), built in 1843, & enlarged in 1895 & 1896, for 160 children; average attendance, mixed 75 & infants 25; & supported in part by an endowment of £22.

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (1898)

Surnames Found in Chale

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Chiverton314.55
2Butcher223.23
3Morris213.08
4Wheeler202.94
5Dabell202.94
6Chick182.64
7Lowe172.50
8White162.35
9Sprake152.20
10Hendy142.06
11Brown121.76
12Woodford121.76
13Hardy111.62
14Sprak111.62
15Russell111.62
16House101.47
17Bastiani101.47
18Stallard101.47
19Flint91.32
20Orchard91.32
21Cox91.32
22Plumbly91.32
23Abbott81.17
24Theobald81.17
25Cotton81.17
26Sturmy81.17
27Jones81.17
28Draper81.17
29Chambers71.03
30Mew71.03
31Bray71.03
32Linington71.03
33Thompson60.88
34Baker60.88
35Dore60.88
36Wellstead60.88
37Hamilton60.88
38Barnes60.88
39Trent60.88
40Coombes50.73
41Whittington50.73
42Salter50.73
43Rayner50.73
44Jolliffe50.73
45Moorman50.73
46James50.73
47Reynolds50.73
48Searle40.59
49Way40.59
50Creeth40.59
51Diffey40.59
52Saunders40.59
53Terry40.59
54Reade40.59
55Brickell40.59
56Hicks40.59
57Dyer40.59
58Morgan40.59
59Tibble30.44
60Sheath30.44
61Kingswell30.44
62Long30.44
63Harris30.44
64Goodchild30.44
65Attrill30.44
66Townend30.44
67Mount30.44
68Young30.44
69Heal30.44
70Driscoll30.44
71Morwood30.44
72Bull30.44
73Wood30.44
74Edmonds30.44
75Harrington30.44
76Jacobs30.44
77Weeks30.44
78Kent30.44
79Edmunds30.44
80Todd20.29
81Barton20.29
82Buckell20.29
83Morey20.29
84Spencer20.29
85Hollier20.29
86Matthews20.29
87Tross20.29
88Gallop20.29
89Roberts20.29
90Hewitt20.29
91Woods20.29
92Cooper20.29
93Wallace20.29
94Dykes20.29
95Linnington20.29
96Livesay20.29
97Snow20.29
98Edgerton10.15
99Scott10.15
100Egers10.15