For anyone interested in their canal and river boat ancestors

General notes on parish register extracts

One very simple comment here.

Nobody's perfect.  Whilst every effort has been made to make these extracts as accurate as possible, there is no substitute for looking at the Parish Registers themselves for certainty.  Again, this is just a start, and will be added to as more records become available.

Prior to 1813, occupation was not generally recorded on baptism records, so any Baptism data here will take that into account.



The new Freereg site is www.freereg.org.uk/search_queries/new

Free to search, and full of useful data, and improving all the time, as new data is added.  Links to Freecen and FreeBMD.


OPC Project

Online Parish Clerks' Project.  Coverage across the country is variable, but it is worth checking to see if the area you want is covered.  I have found the Lancashire records particularly useful.


St Leonards, Bilston
St Leonard's

Baptisms at St Leonard's in Bilston from 1813 to 1837.


St Leonards, Bilston (91kb)


St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne
Wombourne Church

Wombourne baptisms from 1813 to 1830.

Much help here from the folk at the Staffordshire rootsweb mailing list with some of the place names, including the information that Heath Forge was a hammer mill which stood at the confluence of the Wem and Smestow brooks.  Also a link to a pre 1850 map of Wombourn.

I'm told that in the longer term, pre 1850 maps for many of the Staffordshire parishes will be made available.


Baptisms St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne (65kb)



The parish registers for Smethwick have just been put on line at http://tinyurl.com/smethwickpr.  There are a number of boat families recorded there, including the Turtons, the Whitehouses and the Walkers.  Well worth checking for anyone with boat folk from that area.


wolverhampton child

Parish register extracts for boat families in Wolverhampton (the Norman Holt index)  are available to download  on the London Canal Museum website. (see Links page for details).  Alternatively, information from the parish registers is available from website wolverhamptonhistory.org.uk, though this database is not boatman specific like the Holt one.



Listing of baptisms at Brentford to those who worked on the waterways, extracted from the Brentford Parish Registers by Peter Stuart.


Also photos of Brentford Locks, and other interesting material for anyone whose family lived and worked in the area.