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Bedfordshire 

Published in 1839, Robson's Directory begins: "Bedfordshire is an inland county, and one of the smallest in England, bounded on the north by the counties of Northampton and Huntingdon, east by Cambridgeshire, south-east and south by Hertfordshire, and west by Buckinghamshire. Its greatest length is 38 miles from north to south, and the extreme breadth 22; in circuit it is about 145...  

The county offers but little attraction to the admirers of picturesque scenery, yet the general flatness of the surface is pleasingly varied by small hills traversing its entire breadth in three principal chains. The air is healthy, and the soil chiefly a deep clay, stiff and tenacious, but, by a due mixture of chalk and lime, susceptible of high cultivation... 

The streams are bordered by fine meadows, but the proportion of pasture land is not considerable. The Ouse intersects the county from west to east, separating it into two distinct but very unequal portions; the northern extremely fruitful and woody, the southern and larger less fertile, but under the most admirable cultivation, affording large supplies of wheat and barley..."

 

Family History, Genealogy and Local History Research Information for Bedfordshire

Location
Directories
Resources
Population
Districts
Transcriptions
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Parishes, Towns and Places

 

Location  
Population of Bedfordshire
1801 63,393

1811 70,213
1821 83,716
1831 95,483
1841 107,936
1851 124,478
1861 135,287
1871 151,539
1881 154,259
1891 160,704
1901 171,240
1911 194,588
1921 206,462
1931 220,525
1951 311,937
1961 380,837
1971 464,277
1981 502,164
1991 524,105

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Size of Bedfordshire in acres

(boundary changes)

1831 297,632

1841 297,632
1851 295,582
1861 295,582
1871 305,293
1881 307,050
1891 298,494
1901 298,494
1911 302,942
1921 302,942
1931 302,942
1951 302,941
1961 302,940
1971 305,080
1981 305,070
1991 305,309

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Directories covering Bedfordshire
1791 Universal British Directory
1839 Robson's Commercial Directory of Bedfordshire
1854 Post Office Directory of Bedfordshire
1862 Cassey's Directory of Bedfordshire
1876 Harrod & Co's Directory of Bedfordshire
1890 Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire
1898 Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire
1903 Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire
1910 Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire
1914 Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire

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Districts  

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Alternatives Bedfordshire is abbreviated to Beds.

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Resources for family history research in Bedfordshire
1710-74 Inland Revenue Board of Stamps Apprenticeship Records
1722 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1774 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1784 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1787 Trinity House Petitions Index
1807 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1820 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1841 Census - Bedfordshire
1851 Census - Bedfordshire
1859 Bedfordshire Poll Book
1861 Census - Bedfordshire
1871 Census - Bedfordshire
1873 Return of Owners of Land in Bedfordshire
1881 Census - Bedfordshire
1891 Census - Bedfordshire
1895 Mackenzie's Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales
1901 Census - Bedfordshire
  Birth and Baptism Records
  Marriage Records
  Burial Records

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Transcriptions

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Inland Revenue Board of Stamps Apprenticeship Records
1710 - 1719  
1720 - 1729  
1730 - 1739 Order a search of Apprentice records
1740 - 1749 for an ancestor's name
1750 - 1759  
1760 - 1774  
1710 - 1774 Whole period  
 
Census Returns      
1841   Order a census search Order a transcription of family household where reference given

Order a transcription of a village 

1851  
1861  
1871  
1881  
1891  
1901  
 
Bedfordshire Resources      
1873 Landowners Order a transcription of entries for an ancestor's name  

 

     
 
Bedfordshire Directories      
1791 Universal Order a transcription of entries for an ancestor's name Order a transcription of a village Order a transcription of a town
1839 Robson
1854 Post Office
1862 Cassey
1876 Harrod & Co.
1890 Kelly's
1898 Kelly's
1903 Kelly's
1910 Kelly's
1914 Kelly's
 
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials Transcription of entries for an ancestor's name

Transcription of a village

  Refer to individual parish

 Refer to individual parish

 
 

Village Profile

 

Order a Village Profile of a Bedfordshire village

 

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Parishes, Towns and Places
Is it in Bedfordshire

Check the list below and click on the link for more information where available.

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A
Ampthill
Arlesey
Aspley Guise
Astwick

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B
Barton In The Clay
Battlesden
Bedford
Biddenham
Biggleswade
Billington
Biscot
Bletsoe
Blunham
Bolnhurst
Bromham

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C
Caddington
Campton
Cardington
Carlton
Chalgrave
Chellington
Chicksands
Clapham
Clifton
Clophill
Cockayne Hatley
Colmworth
Colworth
Cople
Cranfield

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D
Dean
Dunstable
Dunton

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E
Eastcotts
East Hyde
Eaton Bray
Eaton Socon
Edworth
Eggington
Elstow
Eversholt
Everton
Eyworth

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F
Farndish
Felmersham
Flitton With Silsoe
Flitwick

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G
Goldington
Great Barford

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H
Harlington
Harrold
Haynes
Heath And Reach
Henlow
Higham Gobion
Hockliffe
Holcot
Holwell
Houghton Conquest
Houghton Regis
Husborne Crawley

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K
Kempston
Keysoe
Knotting

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L
Langford
Leagrave
Leighton Buzzard
Lidlington
Limbury Cum Biscot
Little Barford
Little Staughton
Lower Gravenhurst
Lower Stondon
Luton

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M
Marston Moretaine
Maulden
Melchbourne
Meppershall
Millbrook
Milton Bryant
Milton Ernest
Moggerhanger

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N
Northill

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O
Oakley
Odell
Old Warden

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P
Pavenham
Pertenhall
Podington
Potsgrove
Potton
Puddington
Pulloxhill

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R
Radwell
Ravensden
Renhold
Ridgmont
Riseley
Roxton

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S
Salford
Sandy
Sharnbrook
Shefford
Shefford Hardwick
Shelton
Shillington
Silsoe
Souldrop
Southill
Stagsden
Stanbridge
Steppingley
Stevington
Stopsley
Stotfold
Streatley
Studham
Sundon
Sutton
Swineshead

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T
Tempsford
Thurleigh
Tilbrook
Tilsworth
Tingrith
Toddington
Totternhoe
Turvey

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U
Upper Gravenhurst
Upper Stondon

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W
Westoning
Whipsnade
Wilden
Willington
Wilshamstead
Woburn
Woburn Sands
Woodside
Wootton
Wootton By Bedford
Wrestlingworth
Wymington

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Y
Yelden

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