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Guide to Wisbech, Cambridgeshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wisbeach
County Cambridgeshire
Poor Law Union Wisbech
Registration District Wisbeach
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wisbech
Diocese Ely
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cambridgeshire Record Office
Wisbech consisted historically of two parishes:
  • St Mary
  • St Peter


Parish History

WISBECH (St. Peter and St. Paul), a sea-port, borough, market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Wisbech, Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge, 43 miles (N.) from Cambridge, and 94 (N. by E.) from London. The town is situated on both sides of the river now called the Nene. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Johnsonians, Wesleyans, Presbyterians, and Unitarians.[1]

Wisbech St Augustine and Wisbech St Mary are chapelries of Wisbech St Peter and St Paul Ancient Parish in Cambridgeshire.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Non-Conformist Churches

See Family History Catalogue for Wisbech films containing non-conformist records.

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Particular Baptist
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • General Baptist
  • Presbyterian
  • Roman Catholic
  • Society of Friends/Quake
  • Unitarian
  • Wesleyan Methodist Reform

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241227.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cambridgeshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.


Wisbech on GENUKI

Wisbech St. Augustine on GENUKI

Wisbech St. Mary on GENUKI

Wisbech St. Peter and Paul on GENUKI


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 625-629. Date accessed and adapted: 17 July 2013.


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