Northamptonshire is well-known for its picturesque villages and historical churches, some of the latter such as Brixworth (pictured) being over 1,000 years old. It has recently become far easier for those with family connections in the county to discover more about their roots and to view good quality images of some of the most important original records.
Over 7 million Northamptonshire records drawn from parish registers and bishop's transcripts are available to consult on the Ancestry website. These massive collections include scanned images relating to baptisms, marriages and burials that took place between 1532 to 1912. Extensive indexes have been created so researchers can filter entries by criteria including name, event date, parish and details of the parents or spouse. The marriage registers from 1754 onwards are well-stocked with the signatures and marks of brides, grooms and witnesses. In some cases, the signatures of specific individuals can be found from even earlier dates.
Parish registers exist for varying periods from parish to parish, but a large proportion of those in the county extend back to earlier than 1600. The surviving bishops transcripts for the area start in 1706 and go a long way to help fill the gaps that affect some registers at various points in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Northamptonshire is situated in the middle of England and shares borders with no fewer than nine other counties. It has also supplied many of those who migrated to the London area over the centuries. Therefore, this new collection can also help us to identify the origins of many of our forebears who lived elsewhere in England.
An excellent opportunity for further discoveries in 2016!
FFHS Archives Liaison
3 March 2016