Helpston Genealogical Records

Helpston 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.

Births at the British Lying-in Hospital (1750-1867)

Details of births and baptisms of poor, married women from Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire recorded at the British Lying-in Hospital in Holborn.

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.

Helpston 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.

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.

Northamptonshire Marriage Index (1538-1975)

An index to over 95,000 marriages in around 500 Northamptonshire parishes.

Helpston 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 Botolph, Helpston Burial Records (1813-1858)

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

Huntingdonshire Burials (1538-1900)

Transcriptions of over 230,000 entries from burial registers kept by Anglican churches.

Northamptonshire Burial Index (1527-2006)

An index to over 400,000 burials in 300 Northamptonshire parishes.

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.

Helpston Church Records

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.

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

Records relating to the administration of Lincoln Diocese.

Helpston 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.

Helpston 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.

Administrations in the Archdeaconry of Northampton (1667-1710)

A searchable transcript of abstracts of administrations granted by the Archdeaconry of Northampton.

Archdeaconry of Northampton Probate Index (1510-1652)

An index to early wills proved by the Archdeaconry of Northampton. Contains the name of the testator, year of probate, residence and a reference, which can be used to order a copy of a will.

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.

Newspapers Covering Helpston

Stamford Mercury (1714-1895)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Stamford district. Includes family announcements.

Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette (1818-1839)

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

Huntingdon, Bedford & Peterborough Gazette (1818-1839)

A regional newspaper recording events in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire. It includes family announcements, reports on legal proceedings and business notices & advertisements.

Northants Evening Telegraph (1900-1901)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Northamptonshire area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Helpston 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.

Helpston Cemeteries

Northamptonshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Northamptonshire'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.

Helpston Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire (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 Huntingdonshire (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 Huntingdonshire (1906)

A directory of settlements in Huntingdonshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

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 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.

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.

England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)

This collection lists brief details on 1.55 million criminal cases in England and Wales between 1791 and 1892. Its primary use is to locate specific legal records, which may give further details on the crime and the accused. Details may include the accused's age, nature of crime, location of trial and sentence. Early records can contain a place of birth.

Helpston 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.

Helpston 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.

Helpston Occupation & Business Records

Huntingdonshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

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

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

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

Lost Pubs of Huntingdonshire (1750-Present)

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

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Northamptonshire Baptist Churches (1814)

A list of Baptist churches in the county with the name of their pastor.

Helpston 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 Helpston

Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire (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.

Helpston Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire (1086-1900)

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

Northamptonshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Northamptonshire'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.

Helpston Military Records

Huntingdonshire Regiment of Foot Timeline (1702-1918)

An outline history of the regiment, with photographs, other images and names of some of the regiment's men.

Northamptonshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Northamptonshire WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

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

Helpston 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.

Helpston Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Huntingdonshire (1086-1900)

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

Northamptonshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

Geograph: Photos of the UK and Ireland (2005-Present)

A growing database including millions of photographs of the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Ireland catalogued by latitude & longitude and OS grid reference.

Britain from Above (1919-1953)

Ariel photographs of the British Isles. Browsable by location.

Biographical Directories Covering Helpston

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.

Helpston Maps

Maps of Huntingdonshire (1607-1880)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Maps of Northamptonshire (1617-1900)

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.

Helpston 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.

Helpston Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

HELPSTONE is a parish 8 miles north-west from Peterborough by the road, 6 by the Syston and Peterborough branch of the Midland railway, which has a station here, and 4 south-south-west from Market Deeping, in the Northern division of the county, liberty, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Peterborough, rural deanery of Peterborough (second portion), archdeaconry of Oakham and diocese of Peterborough. A good supply of water has been obtained at some of the farms, and at the paper mills, through boring, at an average depth of 60 to 70 feet, through rock, clay and sand. The church of St. Botolph is an ancient building of stone chiefly in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, with some traces of Norman work, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with octagonal spire, containing a clock and 3 bells; the lower part of the tower is Early Norman and stands within the nave; the upper part, including the spire, is Decorated and was rebuilt in 1864: in the north wall is a chantry door now blocked up, the chantry having been destroyed; the chance] retains altar brackets, a piscina and Early English sedilia on both sides; in the north aisle is an aumbry and in the south aisle a piscina and altar brackets: the south porch is Decorated: the inner doorway Early English: the door bears the inscription “W. C. fecit, 1798:” near the chancel door is a low side window barred with iron, and some ancient tiles are still extant: the font consists of an octagonal basin on a plain octagonal stem: the west window is a memorial to the Campbell family: in the north aisle, on a slab of blue marble about 9 feet long and 3 feet wide, are the remains of a curious but mutilated inscription in Lombardic characters, temp. Edward I.: the church was thoroughly restored in 1884, at a cost of £800, and has 300 sittings. The register dates from the year 1685. The living is a vicarage united to Etton by Order in Council, 1893, gross yearly value, £110, including 35 acres of glebe, in the gift of G. C. Wentworth-Fitzwilliam esq. and held since 1896 by the Rev. John Thomas of St. Aidan’s. The Methodist chapel was built in 1863, and the Primitive Methodist chapel in 1871. A cemetery of half an acre was fermod in 1881, at a cost of £400, and is under the control of the parish council. Near the station are the extensive mills of Messrs. Alfred Towgood and Son for the manufacture of air-dried brown paper and leather board. The poor’s estate now produces about £35 annually and by direction of the Charity Commissioners 5s. a head is paid on the average attendance of each scholar at the Board school and the remainder (if any) may be used in other ways for the benefit of the children. In the centre of the village is an ancient stone cross 30 feet in height and here also is a monument to John Clare, the peasant poet, son of a farm labourer in this parish and author of “Poems descriptive of rural life and scenery.” who was born here in 1793, and died at the lunatic asylum, Northampton, May 20, 1864. The principal land owner is George Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam esq. J.P. The master and fellows of Christ’s College, Cambridge, are the lay rectors. The soil is various; subsoil, gravel and stone. The land is arable. The area is 1,860 acres; rateable value £9,121; the population in 191 was 616.

A School Board of 5 members was formed, April 28, 1892; G. H. Dean, Deeping St. James, clerk to the board.

Board School (mixed), built with master’s house in 1856 and enlarged in 1893 for 160 children; average attendance, 110.

Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire (1898)

Surnames Found in Helpston

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Dolby456.33
2Crowson344.78
3Lilley243.38
4Bloodworth223.09
5Bowring202.81
6Clare192.67
7Wood172.39
8Wright162.25
9Chapman162.25
10Cluff152.11
11Townsen141.97
12Martin141.97
13Frisby141.97
14Bean131.83
15Brown121.69
16Heedy111.55
17Curtis101.41
18Rose101.41
19Lemon101.41
20Stewart91.27
21Abbott81.13
22Housden81.13
23Garner81.13
24Gess81.13
25Donson70.98
26Quinery70.98
27Nicholls70.98
28Bryan70.98
29Hill70.98
30Snow70.98
31Avery70.98
32Bellars70.98
33Sharpe70.98
34Pearce60.84
35Grummitt60.84
36Wheeler60.84
37Green60.84
38Tyler60.84
39Broom60.84
40Mould50.70
41Kettle50.70
42Goodacre50.70
43Ebbut50.70
44King50.70
45Eastick50.70
46Chambers50.70
47Gregory50.70
48Smith50.70
49Whitehead50.70
50Stimson50.70
51Roberts40.56
52Coaten40.56
53Patrick40.56
54Lomas40.56
55Ward40.56
56Wootton40.56
57Vickers40.56
58Goodfellow40.56
59Bowrey40.56
60Stokes40.56
61Dickins40.56
62Close40.56
63Lee40.56
64Clow30.42
65Wootten30.42
66Moulds30.42
67Nottingham30.42
68Culpin30.42
69Hostler30.42
70Chadbun30.42
71Cole30.42
72Porter30.42
73Godfrey30.42
74Clarke30.42
75Reeve30.42
76Graham30.42
77Fisher30.42
78Cook30.42
79Housdon20.28
80Shelton20.28
81Woodward20.28
82Stephenson20.28
83Potter20.28
84Battram20.28
85Pridmore20.28
86Tylor20.28
87Fleming20.28
88Henson20.28
89Taylor20.28
90Gilbert20.28
91Johnson20.28
92Weston20.28
93Doughty20.28
94Vine20.28
95Steel20.28
96Costen10.14
97Darwood10.14
98Larratt10.14
99Holmes10.14
100Ellis10.14

* Statistics based on the 1881 census