Sources for Tracing Ancestry of Uppingham Families
The Uppingham Local History Study Group (ULHSG) Website E-mail General & Enquiries Book Sales The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (ROLLR) Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 2AH. Tel : 0116 257 1080 Fax : 0116 257 1120 E-mail : Website : The Record Office Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society (LRFHS) Research Centre and Library, Unit 4B Pilot House, King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RN. Tel : 0116 285 7211. E-mail : Website : Rutland County Museum Local Studies Collection Catmos Street - Oakham, LEIS 6HW. Tel : 01572 758440 E-mail : Website : Sources 1. Censuses for years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. ROLLR and LRFHS have copies of each on disk. Some, but not all can be found also in Oakham at the Rutland County Museum. Persons enumerated are listed by street location, but no more precisely because postal numbering did not then exist. The Uppingham 1851 Census coming soon on this website will help to answer this problem. 2. International Genealogical Index (IGI). Copies on disk for Leicestershire & Rutland are held at both ROLLR & LRFHS. 3. Uppingham Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages & burials starting from 1571 are deposited at ROLLR (DE1784 and later). Copies of Bishop's Transcripts for Uppingham are held at ROLLR, the originals being deposited at the Northamptonshire Record Office. 4. Rutland Marriage Index 1754-1837, Part 3. Published by LRFHS 1993. Part 3 covers Uppingham and surrounding parishes. Also available at Uppingham Branch Library. 5. Non-Conformist Records. Methodist (incl Weslyan), Baptist and Congregational records are also relevant to tracing the ancestry of Uppingham families. For lists of baptisms, marriages & burials registers held by ROLLR see The Descent of Dissent, Leics Museums Publication No 102, 1989. Also available at Uppingham Branch Library. 6. Uppingham Union Workhouse. The Union's records are held by ROLLR (acc ref DE1381). 7. Poor Law Records. Numerous poor law certificates relating to Uppingham apprenticeships, bastardy, removals & settlement are deposited at ROLLR (accession ref DE1912). 8. Uppingham Local History Study Group publications Uppingham in 1802 - Group publication Uppingham in 1851 - Group publication Uppingham in Living Memory Pt 1 : Uppingham at War - Group publication Uppingham in Living Memory Pt 2 : Uppingham in Peace - Group publication Congregational Church Baptismal Registers 1785-1837 - Group publication 9. Wills and Probates Post - 1834 (Leicester Probate Office) At ROLLR. Pre - 1834 (Peterborough Diocesan Wills) At Northants Record Office. More important & wealthy people or those with property spanning more than one diocese tended to have their Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Large numbers of these PCC Wills are now on the internet - see the PRO's website for guidance. 10. Post Office and Trade Directories list names and occupations of gentry, professionals and shopkeepers living in a town or village while the introductory sections contain much useful description of the town and leading institutions including those holding public appointments. The Rutland Directory is generally published with Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire. One or two Directories covering Rutland were produced before 1800, but generally they become common after Pigot's Directory of 1827. Copies, but not complete runs, are held in the main reference libraries at Leicester and Northampton, at ROLLR and NRO and at the Rutland County Museum Oakham. See also Matkin's Almanack (Oakham) and Hawthorne's Almanack (Uppingham) for information about traders and shopkeepers. 11. Electoral Rolls list names of all those eligible to vote in elections including names of adult children, as well as the address or location where they lived. Libraries will have copies of current Voters Rolls. At different times the Rutland Constituency has been joined with both Stamford and with Melton. Copies of previous rolls are difficult to locate, but some at least should be found at ROLLR, and perhaps in central reference libraries at Leicester, Melton Mowbray and Stamford. The Lincolnshire Record Office should be consulted also. 12. Property Records are a fruitful source of information about people. Besides giving family links for inheritance purposes, they provide information also about people's occupations and the extent of their ownerships. See ULHSG' s companion fact sheet listing locally available sources "Sources at the Record Office identifying ownership of properties in Uppingham".
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