Parish History[Edit | Edit Source]
The manor of Brentford is a borough, and so a body corporate: it is within the jurisdiction of the county of Middlesex, and gentry are capable of being aldermen, and burgesses: burgesses are elected by the inhabitants paying scot and lot; but for two years last past, 50L per annum has been received from the town by the governour or keeper of his majesty’s royal park at Richmond. Brentford is situated in the hundred of Ossulstone, and county of Middlesex, on the borders of Buckinghamshire, near Egham, Staines, and Windle-Hill; containing about 2250 houses.
Resources[Edit | Edit Source]
If you are researching your family history, then you might reach a point when you want to know if any of your ancestors were involved in crime, Brentford (brentford.org.uk). A common source of information about criminals is the news reports of the time. These can be found in local, regional and national newspapers published in England and Wales. This, however, only covers one side of the coin because you will not know if you have all the reports that were printed on a particular individual at the same time as him being reported for their work (unless your family member was famous!).
To find English records, use the "find my past" side of the Find my Past link at the top right of this page. Then go to England, Select county, parish (or parishes), then search and you will see all the census returns for that parish for all the censuses from 1841-1911. This section is a good place to step back and look at particular records, how they can be used, and what you might expect to find in them.
For detailed information about a topic, look under the heading “Research Guides:”. Before 1874, the only way to find an ancestor was to visit hundreds of churches, look at their records and make a note of the appropriate details. This also left room for mistakes to be made. It was formerly called Breguntford (the ford over the Brent), from its situation on a watercourse of that name, which rises in Ealing, and falls into the Thames at Isleworth.
Maps And Gazetteers[Edit | Edit Source]
A gazetteer, broadly defined, is a body of geographical and other information organized in alphabetically arranged articles (or "gazetteer entries"), about places, usually of political significance, and usually prepared by an official body. It may contain data on one specific place in such detail as to constitute a topographical directory rather than a travel guide to the place. The term gazetteer can refer either to the collected body of material or to individual volumes at different levels of summarization.
There are many online collections of historical maps. Zoom in and out, and scroll around to explore the areas that exist today in England as well as some that have disappeared over time. You'll be surprised by some of the landscapes of England you'll see represented. A map is a visual representation of an entire area or a spatial view of something. A gazetteer is an index or dictionary listing geographical names and their locations.
Civil Registration[Edit | Edit Source]
There are two major Welsh genealogical sites. The National Library of Wales offers a database called the NLW Online Family History Catalogue. Here you can do a search to find out which library has a copy of the family history or parish register you need and contact them directly. Ancestry. co. uk has a worldwide collection of records, including many from Wales, dating back to the start of civil registration in July 1837. If you're interested in finding an Irish ancestor, the chances are you want to start with their Birth Certificate.
Civil Registration records are kept by the government and from July 1837, all births, marriages and deaths have been recorded by the local authority. These records are used for legal purposes such as obtaining passports and social security. Like other parts of the UK, civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in Ireland on 1 January 1845 based on the 1836 England and Wales legislation. The civil registration article tells more about these records.
There are a number of Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD. When you do a search in the FreeBMD database, it gives you the number of the volume you need to look up the record in, plus a piece of information to identify your ancestor. For example, if you search for Edward Charles POLE the result will be. Scroll down to see the most recently added maps for England.
Census And Inhabitants Lists[Edit | Edit Source]
The 1841 census was taken on the night of 6 June 1841 and this first census lists the population, by surname and christian name, within every parish in England, Wales and Scotland. It also lists houses, whether inhabited or not. The schedules were enumerated by the heads of households or their agents. Each person was asked to give their name, relationship to head of household (including numbers of servants) and their occupation (this is not entirely complete); each member of a household aged 3 years or over had to be listed.
The 1841 census for England and Wales recorded the following information: Name, age, occupation, where born (parish), relationship to head of family, marital status, and place of residence. Census takers were required to collect this information and submit to a local sheriff or a Crown official by a specified deadline. The original records for the 1841 census are housed in the Public Record Office of Kew, southwest London, England. Census records are a great way to see if your Osu ancestors were found in various counties throughout England.
Census records on findmypast. co. uk can also link to the actual census images on the findmypast website. Use census records as a way to gather information for the next step in your family history research obtaining probate and land records. This is a bit of an interesting story really, given that the club probably wont be playing in Brentford next season. However, the club failed to gain enough financial support and dropped back into the third flight two years later.
Poor Law Unions[Edit | Edit Source]
If you have ancestors who lived in England, using gazetteers and maps can help you locate their villages. There are various types of online resources for locating your ancestor's village, including Poor Law Union (PLU) maps and Poor Law Unions. You may even find a story or two about the history of some of your more interesting ancestors. Poor Law Unions in England were the areas assigned to each Poor Law Union or incorporated place.
Probate Records[Edit | Edit Source]
Two types of records are found in the clerks'offices in Provinces: early probate records and later (from 1794) wills. Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [Middlesex Probate Records] to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish. 1666 Hearth Tax (n. b. Unless indicated otherwise, this tax was not unique to Essex but was collected in the same way in most parishes throughout England.