Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire Genealogy

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

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
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:Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
Type Cathedral
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ely
County Cambridgeshire
Poor Law Union Not Applicable
Registration District Ely
Records begin
Parish registers: 1690
Bishop's Transcripts: 1813
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Ely
Province Canterbury
Location of Archive
Cambridgeshire Record Office

Parish History

ELY, a city, and the head of a union, in the Isle of Ely, county of Cambridge, 16 miles (N. N. E.) from Cambridge, and 67 (N. by E.) from London. At the dissolution of the monastery, which was dedicated to St. Peter and St. Ethelreda, Henry VIII. altered the ecclesiastical establishment of the See, and by charter converted the conventual into a cathedral church, which was dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The Cathedral, begun in 1081, and not completed till 1534, is a splendid cruciform structure. The city, exclusively of the extra-parochial liberty of the College, comprises the parish of St. Mary, which, with the chapelry of Chettisham,and the parish of Holy Trinity, which, with the chapelry of Stuntney. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, Independents, and Wesleyans. [1]


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

  • Parish Registers: 1690
  • Bishop Transcripts: 1813

Marriage register of Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, England, 1691-1752 at FHL

Non-Conformist Churches
  • Baptists
  • Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
  • Independents
  • Wesleyans

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 241231.


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.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 167-173. Date accessed and adapted: 03 July 2013.