Hampshire, Portsmouth Baptisms

Did your ancestor's baptism take place in the UK's only Island City? Search over 555,000 original Portsmouth Parish Baptisms to find out. Published online for the first time in association with the Portsmouth History Centre, the Portsmouth parish registers date back to the early 16th century and pertain to Church of England parishes in the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant.

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Each result will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will vary and may reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and the names of both parents, including mother's maiden name. You may be able to glean additional details from the original register entry so be sure to view the image attached to each transcript.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Marriages

Add another branch to your family tree by uncovering the details of your Portsmouth ancestor's spouse with over 379,000 parish marriage records covering the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant. Search transcripts of these original parish registers to discover when your ancestor married, where they were married and the name of their spouse. Records may also reveal the couples' birth years, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage type (banns or license), the names of both their fathers and their father's occupations.

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Images of the original register are also included with each result and may reveal additional information such as the names of any witnesses or the minister who performed the ceremony.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Burials

Discover the final resting place of your Portsmouth ancestors with over 312,000 brand new parish burials. The records span from the 16th century to present day; however, due to privacy concerns, there is a 100-year cut-off on publishing parish records.

Search Portsmouth Burials

Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestor's death date, residence, occupation, burial date and burial location. Some may also reveal their residence, occupation and religious denominate as well as the names of their parent's, spouse or next of kin.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Parish Registers Browse

Browse through 873 volumes of original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials held at Portsmouth History Centre. These records pertain to Church of England parishes in the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant. The majority of these registers pertain to Anglican records, but there are a few that relate to other denominations: Congregational, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, United Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist. All denominations were required to register life events with the established church until 1837.

Browse Portsmouth Parish records

Browsing allows you to read through individual parish registers in their entirety by clicking on the arrows on either side of the image viewer.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Workhouse Registers

Were your ancestors admitted to the workhouse on Portsea Island? Explore over 60,000 admission and discharge registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953 and uncover details of the relief they received. Portsmouth's workhouse was built in 1725 and by 1777 housed up to 200 inmates. The location of this original workhouse would later become part of the Colewort Barracks. An infirmary was built alongside a new workhouse in 1846 and a children's home that could accommodate up to 400 children had been added by 1865. Due to the areas expanding population, the Portsmouth Parish was formed in 1900. This parish was designated the administrative body for poor relief in both Portsmouth and Portsea. The site of this infirmary later became St Mary's Hospital.

Search Portsmouth Workhouse Registers

Each record includes both an image and a transcript of the original document. Transcripts will reveal when your ancestor was admitted, when they were discharged and their home address. Images may be able to offer you additional details such as religious denomination, informant's name, and any additional written notes. For example, from the image for William Allen, born in 1890, his admission and discharge dates are identical, but above the discharge date there is a written note explaining, that he 'Refused to stay'.

Irish Newspapers

More than 101,000 records and one brand new title, the Carrickfergus Advertiser have been added to our collection of historical Irish Newspapers this month. The Advertiser currently contains over 1,300 issues spanning the years 1884 to 1919 and will be updated further in the future.

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Local newspapers include more than just announcements of births, marriages, and deaths. Local articles include visitors to and from town, legal notices detailing the settling of estates and land sales, and advertisements. The also allow you to view major historical events through a local lens.