Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service is the official archive for the county of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.

They have a searchable database that covers 91% of their onsite holdings. They also provide research and copy services for a fee.

Some onsite holdings include:

  • Anglican Parish registers (see by parish, record type, and date range)
  • Non-Anglican Registers including Baptist; Congregational; Independent; Methodist; Moravian; Roman Catholic; Salvation Army; Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Burial Registers Burial Indexes
  • Cemetery Records by place, record type, date range
  • Census Returns  by Parish for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901
  • Non-Ecclesiastical Birth and Death Registers including Borough and District Councils; Lunatic Asylums; Poor Law Union (with Workhouses) Non-Ecclesiastical Birth and Death Registers
  • Registers of Electors Register of Electors
  • Other Sources including wills, census, International Genealogical Index, Quarter Sessions; Poor Law Union records
  • Printed county maps and town plans from 1576 – e.g. the 1610 map of Bedfordshire by John Speed, and the Reynolds 1841 map of Bedford,
  • Estate maps – hand-drawn maps and plans of property belonging to the major landowners and estates, from as early as 1581 but mainly after 1750.
  • Inclosure maps – large-scale maps drawn up in connection with Parliamentary Inclosure awards, mainly between 1790 and 1840, and often accompanied by lists of names and property.
  • Tithe maps – manuscript maps with schedules listing landowners and occupiers, dating from about 1840 (not as common in Bedfordshire as in some other counties).
  • Ordnance survey maps – good coverage of the whole county for OS maps of various scales and dates, from c.1835 to date including 6″ and 25″ editions of 1880, 1901, 1926 and 1970s
  • Goad Insurance plans for Luton 1895.
  • From their YouTube channel:

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