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The surviving parish registers are deposited an the Records
Office For Leicestershire and Rutland under accession number DE 1621.
Fiche can be purchased individually from the records office.
|1607 - 1656||CMB||Condition poor||1|
|1659 - 1710||CMB||Condition fair to poor||1|
|1710 - 1740||CMB||Condition fair to poor||1|
|1741 - 1812||C, M [-1753],B||Condition fair to good||2|
|1754 - 1772||Marriages and Banns||Very Poor Condition||1|
|1779 - 1812||Marriages and Banns||Condition fair||1|
|1813 - 1969||Burial||Condition Good detail fair||2|
|1813 - 1837||Marriages||Condition Good detail fair||1|
|1813 - 1865||Baptisms||Condition Good detail fair||2|
|1865 - 1940||Baptisms||Condition and deatail good||2|
To the immediate west of Sheepy Magna village there was a large tract of land that had previously been the property of Merevale Abbey. After the dissolution of the monasteries these lands passed into private hands. They were however regarded as part of the parish of Merevale until annexed to Sheepy Magna in 1885. From early times the gate house Chapel, Church of Our Lady, to Merevale Abbey had assumed the role of parish church times and remains as such to this day. Theoretically residents within the extra parochial area should have used the church for weddings. In practice the more wealthy used Sheepy Magna church but labourers on the farms would tend to use the Merevale parish church especially if both were working in the area to avoid the additional expense. Unfortunately the early registers to 1727 have been lost and the IGI only covers baptisms no weddings. See here for LDS film numbers.
Sheepy Magna has Bishops Transcripts for the period 1561 - 1872 with the following years missing.
1562, 1564 - 69, 1571 -73, 1575, 1577 - 84, 1586 -1604, 1610 -15, 1618 - 20, 1623/4, 1630/1, 1635, 1641 - 59, 1663/4, 1684, 1689, 1696, 1698, 1702/3, 1712/3, 1725, 1731, 1815, 1837 - 41, 1846, 1854 - 1865,
Their condition is good
The Records Office For Leicestershire and Rutland has card index of main names mentioned in the county poor law records i.e. Removal Orders, Settlement Certificates and examinations, Bastardy bonds and Parish apprentices etc. This index has been filmed by the LDS (see). The class number the documents for Sheepy are the DE 491 series.
If you suspect your ancestors of being non - conformists and they were residents of Sheepy the best places to look are Atherstone and possibly Hinckley. There are definitely some Sheepy residents listed in the Independent Chapel North Street's registers notably the Angrave family. The was a small Chapel in Sheepy Magna (now the memorial hall) but as far as I know no registers exist.
All Census data 1841 - 1891 is listed under the Atherstone Class Number. The L&RFHS have published an index to the 1851 census (Vol 8) but this is largely redundant as the LDS Tri-Counties CD-ROM covers Sheepy Magna.
The Records Office For Leicestershire and Rutland has films of all the census data and the LDS film numbers are listed below.
Beware, the IGI claims to cover the following dates for baptisms 1561-1584, 1605-1640, 1660-1742 and 1866-1871, but, as it is entirely based on the bishops transcripts there are many years omitted. See Bishop's Transcripts omissions
Similarly the marriage coverage is claimed as 1561-1763, 1775 and 1787-1836 but the same omissions exist.
The those using the Internet Family Search pages the batch numbers are :-
the same omissions apply.
Civil registration for Sheepy Magna is Atherstone
Registration and Census District (1852 - 1946) 6d
Tel +44 (0)1827 713241
Fax +44 (0)1827 720467 (credit cards NOT accepted as at 12th Feb 1997).
Probate records for Sheepy residents prior to 1858 should have been proved at the Leicester Archdeaconry court, however many Sheepy residents of property also held possessions in Warwickshire . It is therefore also wise to check the PCC and Lichfield calendars. For residents in the extra parochial area consult the Peculiar calendars at Lichfield.
|1841||FHL BRITISH Film 438749|
|1851 p. 199-206||FHL BRITISH Film 87323|
|1861||FHL BRITISH Film 542933|
|1871||FHL BRITISH Film 839240|
|1881||FHL BRITISH Film 1341730|
|1891 RG 12/2442 (4 fiches)||FHL BRITISH Fiche 6097552|
Baptisms, and burials, 1561-1584, 1605-1640, 1660-1742 and 1866-1871 Marriages 1561-1763, 1775 and 1787-1836 See for ommissions
BRITISH Film 595768
Unfortunately for overseas researchers the are no LDS films of original registers for Sheepy Magna.
Baptisms1727-1898, Burials 1727-1812, Marriages 1727 - 1836
|FHL British Film198763|
|Banns 1824-1876||FHL 563349 item 6|
|Banns 1876 - 1956||FHL 1067489 item 11|
Covers all Leicestershire
|Abbots - Cufflin||FHL BRITISH Film 1517724 Item 2|
|Cufflin - Nutting||FHL BRITISH Film 1517725|
|Oakes - Zanker (end)||FHL BRITISH Film 1517726|
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Fax:- U.K. 0116 257 1120, Overseas +44 116 257 1120
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