Research aids - general:
In addition to detailed parish registers for Ashby St Ledgers, Barby, Crick and Kilsby, we can search through Hearth Tax returns (1660s-1670s), Enclosure Awards and Militia Lists (1770s), census returns (1841 to 1901), transcripts of wills (1500-1700) and other records. These aids are not yet available online - and in some cases there are technical and/or copyright reasons why they cannot be put online - but a certain amount of voluntary research can be undertaken, and this is conducted by email (see contact details below).
You can search the Kilsby parish registers (both the church and the chapel records) between 1706 and the early 1900s yourself, by visiting our partner website at Rugby Family History Group, which holds searchable copies of our transcribed databases of baptisms, marriages and burials for several west Northamptonshire villages. (However, you will need to join the group as a paid-up member if you want to use this search facility.)
Kilsby village family names:
Many Kilsby names go back a long way - in some cases we may be able to trace a family name back for several hundred years. However, Kilsby's location close to a network of busy railway and canal routes means that there have also been many transients among the village population, particularly during difficult periods such as wartime, and during the construction of the canals and railways in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Kilsby names being researched:
We either have been or are currently in contact with one or more individuals who are researching the following family names, all of whom have ancestors who lived in Kilsby at some time in the past:
Arnold, Atkinson, Banister, Beach, Belton, Blakeman, Boys, Bracebridge, Bromwich, Bullock, Capel, Cherry, Churchill, Cleasby, Colledge Price, Conopo. Cowley, Crofts, Crooke/Crookes, Devereux, Dunkley, Ellis, Emery, Essen, Evitts, Fuller, Gardiner, Garrard/Garrett, Greaves, Green, Grimshaw, Hammonds, Harper, Hopkins, Hunt, Jackson, Jakeman, James, Jones, Kemp, Leatherland, Lucas, Malin, Margetts, Martin, Mason, Masters, Matthews, Minors, Noon, Old, Perkins, Prestidge, Reynolds, Rushby, Russell, Satchell, Simmons, Slinn, Smith, Stafford, Stephens, Strange, Timms, Usher, Voss, Wadsworth, Ward and York.
The list is always expanding - so if the name that you are researching is not currently listed here, please check back at a later date - it may have been added.
It is well worth checking some of the other local villages, as families in the past moved quite regularly between villages (especially if they were land-workers or labourers or had other occupations that caused them to change their place of work) and often had one or more of their children baptised, married or buried in a neighbouring village.
Check out the house histories section
Information on the histories of specific houses can be found on the interactive maps in the Regional section of this site, by following this link (Note: the Regional section of the site requires you to be logged in as a registered user of the site - you can do this at any time, using the Login and Registration page which is accessed via the Home Page of this website).
Amongst the data recorded for each house (usually as a result of searching through the house deeds) is a list of the owners and/or occupants at different dates - and this can sometimes be helpful in tracing a family history.
Don't forget to check the house histories for any houses in other neighbouring villages for which house-history records have been compiled.
Any contact that we receive from you will be treated in strict confidence. Information sent to you will not be divulged to any other party without your prior approval. We use a simple but secure process for handling contacts with possible third parties, as follows:
- If we know that someone else is researching your family name(s), we will first notify you of this, and ask you if you wish your email contact details to be passed to the other party or parties.
- If you confirm to us by email that you are willing (and on that basis only), we will pass your contact details to the other party or parties. It is then up to them whether or not they wish to contact you.
How to contact us:
Simply email us in the first instance, giving brief details of any name(s) and date(s) in which you are interested.