Parish Registers


There are 9 old Registers for the parish of Holywell-cum-Needingworth, all available for viewing in Huntingdon Archives. I have been privileged to be able to examine these, photograph them, transcribe them, and now present them for viewing within this website. This is with the kind permission of both Holywell-cum-Needingworth Parochial Church Council, and Huntingdon Library and Archives. For interesting aspects of the Parish Registers and the transcription process, as well a list of registers by date and further details see here. For a list of non-genealogical items in the Parish Registers see here.

Still to do

  • The transcriptions still need to be more thoroughly checked, and the insights from handwriting experts taken into account.
  • The data from the Parish Register transcriptions has not yet been analysed and transferred into the TNG pages (under the People menu). Some of the same people will be there because of being present in census records, and I will try to identify who are the same and who are not. Some of the same people (and more) will be there because of public domain christening records (e.g. on Family Search), but I have found these to be significantly in error when compared to the original Parish Registers so the first step will be to weed out the errors.

The 9 Parish Registers

From the table below, for each of the 9 documents, you can see both the photographed images and the transcriptions in PDF format. The reference shown is of the original documents in Huntingdon Archives.

  • Photographed images: You can examine these online and scroll through all the pages. Sometimes there is only one image per page of the original document, but most of the time there is more than one image per page. On some pages that are hard to read there are many images, so you can scroll through to find the one that gives you the best view, and even see a version that you can magnify.
  • transcription documents: You can either browse these online, or download them and search through them. Each entry has a link which means that, if you click on the camera icon (and are online) you will see the photographs of the document open at the relevant page. Please do let me know any possible transcription errors that you notice and I will be able to improve the transcription in the next release. There will be errors and disputed transcriptions, and no warranty of accuracy is implied. The transcription reports are my copyright, but they are free for you to download in PDF format for personal use.

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Ref No
Transcription PDF
Linked to Images
Composite HP44/1/1/11667-1746In free form, starting with Baptisms on page 7, then Marriages from page 35, and Burials from page 48.
The last year or two's entries have been added into pages 1-5.
For more details see here
Composite Registers 1667-1746Composite Registers 1667-1746
Composite HP44/1/1/21747-1812In free form, starting with everything for 1747 on page 1.
Then it has Baptisms from page 2, Marriages from page 31 (only to 1754), and Burials from page 39.
For more details see here
Composite Registers 1747-1812Composite Registers 1747-1812
Baptisms HP44/1/2/11813-1858On prepared forms.
For more details see here
Baptisms Register 1813-1858Baptisms Register 1813-1858
Baptisms HP44/1/2/21858-1912On prepared forms.
For more details see here
Baptisms Register 1858-1912Baptisms Register 1858-1912
Marriages HP44/1/3/11754-1812On prepared forms.
Includes some Banns for Marriages recorded in HP44/1/3/2.
For more details see here
Marriages Register 1754-1812Marriages Register 1754-1812
Marriages HP44/1/3/21813-1837On prepared forms.
Includes some Marriages for Banns recorded in HP44/1/3/1.
For more details see here
Marriages Register 1813-1837Marriages Register 1813-1837
Marriages HP44/1/3/31837-1963On prepared forms.
Those for less than 84 years ago are not published here, as anyone married 84 years ago aged 16 would have been born only 100 years ago.
For more details see here
Marriages Register 1837-1963Marriages Register 1837-1963
Composite HP44/1/3/41695-1706In free form, and many entries are replicated in HP44/1/1/1.
Includes Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Burials mixed together in date order.
At the end of the book are "Burials in Woollen" (1678-1681).
For more details see here
Composite Registers 1695-1706Composite Registers 1695-1706
Burials HP44/1/4/21813-1901On prepared forms.
For more details see here
Burials Register 1813-1901Burials Register 1813-1901

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Note on transcription

The approach I have used to transcription is to record the essence of the entry, and not the exact wording. Thus if one entry said

On 20th October 1843 John Jones married Alice Smith by Banns

then the elements of this would be recorded exactly the same as for an entry that read for example (under a page heading of 1843)

Jhn Jones and Alice Smith were married VIIIr 20 (Banns).

In the PDF version both of these would be reconstructed as

On 20 Oct 1843 John Jones was Married by Banns to Alice Smith.

For more on interesting aspects of the Parish Registers and the transcription process see here.
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  11 Comments on “Parish Registers”

  1. Thanks for your kind comment – I appreciate it.
    Do you have a specific interest in Holywell with Needingworth? Would you like me to add you to our occasional newsletter email list?

  2. What a super site! Thank you for all your incredible hard work!

  3. Thanks for letting me know. I see I have Rebecca’s parents, and her children on the website too. If you have anything else about your family in Holywell-cum-Needingworth that I do not have, I would love to hear about it.
    Also if you are interested in hearing about when I update the website (hopefully once or twice a year) then do sign up at the top right button on the Welcome page.
    Best wishes with your researches.

  4. I’ve just found the marriage of my 4th Great Grandparents, William Hart and Rebecca Hanscome. Thank you for making these registers available.


  5. Thanks Stephanie, and thanks for your inputs. There is lots more I want to get on the website, and ways I want to improve it. Suggestions always welcome.

  6. Hi Peter. I am incredibly impressed with the website, not only it’s content but the professional way it has all been laid out, and the amount of work you have put in to its execution. Really well done, and thank you. Stephanie.

  7. Thanks Jane
    I enjoy doing the research and making things available. I hope to publish a significant update every few months, and have several interesting things in the pipeline.

  8. Many thanks for making these available – much appreciated!

  9. Thanks Derek. Glad to be of help.

  10. Your hard work and generosity in making those registers freely available is very much appreciated, my late wife has four (known) families from H C N, Moody, Peaton, Rogers & Thurston. Unfortunately I was unable to take any of those families further back in H C N register transcripts so I guess they came from elsewhere to H C N but at least I was able to verify that the details for those four families are correct and I have all the family members there are to be found in H C N.



  11. Just want to say thank you, for all your hard work on making these registers available. Thank you very much.


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