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Case Study: Census, Civil Registration, Parish Registers, and Wills

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on May 10, 2014 in Research

Now that I’ve shown you what civil registration, census records, parish registers, and wills are all about in the United Kingdom and specifically England, it’s time to put it all into practice with help of Ancestry.com’s collections. We will do a case study of a family in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset.

We started with just a little information: Archelaus Upshall, the son of David and Priscilla Upshall, was born about 1828 in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. By using all the information we’ve learned, we should be able to trace Archelaus through his life in England.

Parish Registers
Civil registration in England didn’t start until July 1837; Archelaus’s birth will not be found in the Civil Registration Birth Index. By searching Ancestry’s collection of Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, we were able to find an Archelaus Upshall baptized on 1 May 1828 in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.1 His parents were recorded as David, a mason, and Priscilla Upshall, which matched the information we previously knew. Make sure you keep track of what you’ve found and cite all your sources!

1 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1828 Baptism

 

Census

By confirming Archelaus’s place of origin in Dorset, research could continue into the census to help fill in the family. UK census records can be found here. Because Archelaus’s name is so unique, it was important to find him in the household with his parents, up at least until he was married:

1841 Census2: On this census, Archelaus was living with his parents, David and Priscilla Upshall in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset. No other children were in the household. David was also a mason within the parish, which matched the information from Archelaus’s baptism record. Keep note that the 1841 census does not give relationships.

2 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1841 Census

 

1851 Census3: Archelaus was still living with his parents, David and Priscilla Upshall in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset in 1851. Both Archelaus and David were both working as masons within the parish.

3 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1851 Census

 

1861 Census4: By 1861, Archelaus was not living with his parents, but was living with his wife, Jane in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.

4 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1861 Census

 

It was likely that Archelaus married Jane between 1851 and 1861. At this point, you could either look for a marriage in the parish registers, or in civil registration. Both will give similar information. As Dorset’s parish registers are online, I first looked for a marriage between Archelaus Upshall and a Jane. A match was found, which recorded Archelaus married to Jane Hine on 1 October 1860 in Pulham, Dorset.5

5_-_Upshall_Archelaus_b1828_1860_Parish_Register_Marriage_6_.jpg

 

Marriages recorded in parish registers after 1813 are required to record father’s name and occupation; on this record, Archelaus’s father was David Upshall, a builder, which matches previously found information. This same marriage was also found on the England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915. The original record can be ordered from England directly.

 

1871 Census6: On the 1871 census, Archelaus was living with his wife, Jane, his children, and his parents, David and Priscilla in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.

6 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1871 Census

 

1881 Census7: In 1881, Archelaus was living with his wife, Jane, his children, and his widowed mother, Priscilla in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.

7 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1881 Census

 

1891 Census8: In 1891, Archelaus was still living with Jane, his children, and his widowed mother, Priscilla in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.

8 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1891 Census

 

Civil Registration

Archelaus was not found in the 1901 England census; he most likely died between 1891 and 1901. An entry in the Civil Registration Death Index shows that Archelaus, born about 1828, had his death registered in 4th Quarter of 1900 in Sturminster District, Dorset. This record could be ordered to confirm his death, or you could find his burial in parish registers. I was able to find his burial record in Ancestry’s collection of Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001, which recorded his burial on 16 October 1900 in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset.9

9 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1900 Burial Parish Register

 

National Probate Calendar

While not everyone in the UK left a will, Archelaus left a will that was indexed in the National Probate Calendar. According to the index, Archelaus Upshall died 13 October 1900 in Haselbury Bryan, Dorset, and left a will that was probated on 19 January 1901 in the Blandford Registry. You could also get the original of the will to see who granted his estate to.10

10 - Upshall Archelaus b1828 1901 National Probate Calendar

 

By using civil registration, census records, parish registers and probate records, we were able to collect over ten documents relating to Archelaus Upshall, who spent his entire life in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. You can find more about his parents, or maybe his siblings, wife, or children to help round out the family group.

Happy hunting!

 

Sources

  1. Haselbury Bryan (Dorset) Haselbury Bryan Baptisms, 1828, p. 37, no. 288, Archelaus Upshall, dated 1 May 1828; digital image, “Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  2. 1841 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset, ED 10, Folio 11, p. 14,  Wonston, David Upshall Household; digital image, “1841 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  3. 1851 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset,  ED 9, Folio 321, p. 9,  Dwelling 40, Pidney Lane, David Upshall Household; digital image, “1851 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  4. 1861 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset,  ED 11e, Folio 142, p. 14,  Dwelling 75, Archelaus Upshall Household; digital image, “1861 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  5. Haselbury Bryan (Dorset) Haselbury Bryan Marriages, 1860, p. 30, no. 59, Archelaus Upshall and Jane Hine, marriage dated 1 October 1860; digital image, “Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  6. 1871 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset,  ED 10, Folio 53, p. 31,  Dwelling 175, Pidney, David Upshall Household; digital image, “1871 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  7. 1881 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset,  ED 10, Folio 123, p. 17,  Dwelling 99, Haiselbury, Archelaus Upshall Household; digital image, “1881 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  8. 1891 England Census, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset,  ED 7, Folio 84, p. 15,  Dwelling 90, Archelaus Upshall Household; digital image, “1891 England Census,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  9. Haselbury Bryan (Dorset) Haselbury Bryan Burials, 1900, p. 55, no. 435, Archelaus Upshall, dated 16 October 1900; digital image, “Dorset, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-2001,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  10. “England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Archelaus Upshall, death dated 13 October 1900, probate dated 19 January 1901, Blandford Registry, Dorset.
About Abbie Lee Black
Abbie L. Black is an Assistant Genealogist working on the European Team at ProGenealogists, Ancestry.com’s official research firm. Abbie received her degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on British research and paleography. She is currently working towards receiving her certification from The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. For more information on ProGenealogists, please visit http://progenealogists.com

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1 Leanndra RMay 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Any advice how to trace ancestors from the Basque region of Spain?

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