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Guide to York Minster, Yorkshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. 

York Minster, Yorkshire
Type Cathedral
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred York
County Yorkshire
Poor Law Union Not Applicable
Registration District York
Records begin
Parish registers: 1634
Bishop's Transcripts: 1814
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese York
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Dean and Chapter of York; This cathedral has several associated courts not listed.
Location of Archive
Yorkshire Record Office


Parish History

York Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of York. It is located in the county of Yorkshire.[1]

YORK, a city and county of itself, having exclusive jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the E. riding of York, of which it is the capital, 193 miles (N. N. W.) from London; containing 28,842 inhabitants. This link provides a listing of Parishes in the city.[2]

York Cathedral, or otherwise known as York Minster, from ancient times (1136 A.D.) is known as St Peter with registers that commence from 1634-onward. Within the city proper--and within St Peter's boundaries, are the following ecclesiastical parishes and chapels by about 1870:

Noconformist places of worship as of 1870 included the following:

  • Independents - 2 (chapels)
  • Quakers 1 (chapel)
  • Unitarians 1 (chapel)
  • Wesleyan Methodist 4 (chapels)
  • Primitive Methodist 3 
  • Wesleyan Association 1
  • Wesleyan Reformers 2
  • New Church 1 
  • Baptists 1
  • New Connexion Methodist 2
  • United Free Methodist 2 
  • Roman Catholic 4


Civil Registration

Records from York Registration District held at York are included in the online index available at Yorkshire BMD for post 1837 events; view the coverage table to check progress on the availability of index search.

Marriages include

  • Church of England marriages.
  • Civil Marriages at register offices, or non-conformist churches where a registrar was required to be present at the ceremony.
  • Authorised Person marriages. These cover the non-conformist places of worship which applied to keep their own registers as a result of the Marriage Act, 1898 (bringing them into line with Jewish and Quaker marriages which had this status since 1837). In such cases an 'Authorised Person' (usually the minister or priest) recorded the ceremony instead of the registrar. Earlier weddings in these places would be included with civil marriage registers.

A secondary index of Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these . There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD however this secondary index may omit the event and may not contain the detail of the Yorkshire BMD index

Church records

Online Records

Online data content from chapelry registers of York Cathedral exists at some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

BMI = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[3]
IARC = Archive.org
FS = FamilySearch.org
AC = Ancestry - (£)[4]
HATH = HathiTrust.org
JOIN = JoinerMarriageIndex.co.uk - (£)
YORK CATHEDRAL (1685) Online Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FS None 1685 None
JOIN None 1701-1800 None

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 464294.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Yorkshire 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.



  1. http://maps.familysearch.org/
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 719-742. Date accessed: 11 October 2013.
  3. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net (WayBack Machine), accessed 16 October 2014.
  4. 'West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812,' Ancestry, accessed 10 May 2014.


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