Orwell, Cambridgeshire Genealogy

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Guide to Orwell, Cambridgeshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Orwell, Cambridgeshire
Type Ancient parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wetherley
County Cambridgeshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Caxton
Registration District Caxton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1560
Bishop's Transcripts: 1599
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Barton
Diocese Ely
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cambridgeshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Orwell, is a village and a parish in Caxton district, Cambridgeshire. The village is 3 miles NNW of Shepreth railway station, and 6¾ miles N of Royston, the post-office is under Royston. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records[edit | edit source]

Orwell parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS BTs = FamilySearch Bishop's Transcripts - free[2]
Orwell Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

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FS BTs
1599-1853, 1895 1599-1853, 1895
1599-1853, 1895

Parish registers for Orwell, 1560-1877 at FHL

Bishop's transcripts for Orwell, 1599-1895 have been digitised.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cambridgeshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Orwell on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 483-486. Date accessed and adapted: 08 July 2013.
  2. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 12 April 2016.