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Ravenstonedale DNA project

Ravenstonedale DNA project

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the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale  project

our project page on the Family Tree DNA website

Ravenstonedale Data

Coming soon:

  • more parish register transcripts (additional years and possibly some other collections)

  • lists of tenants in 1541 and 1568 tenancy rolls

  • Apprenticeship records

  • Land Tax records

  • Hearth Tax, Window Tax

  • lists of Voters

VITAL RECORDS - As every family history researcher knows, BMDs and Census information forms the basis of our research - particularly when building your family tree. However, it is important to be aware of the high level of nonconformism in Ravenstonedale, as you may need to search records from several sources.  You can read more about religion in Ravenstonedale on this page of my Adamthwaite Archive.


Ravenstonedale Parish Church - St Oswald's: When complete, this collection of data is likely to be the most important to all our Ravenstonedale family researchers.  I will continue to add further transcripts of the entries for St Oswald's, but it is a long and tiring task so one that I can only do in short bursts - keep checking for updates!  You might also be interested to read the Introduction to Reverend R W Metcalfe's transcription of these Registers.

Society of Friends - Ravenstonedale Meeting

Ravenstonedale High Chapel

note: nonconformist chapels were not permitted to perform marriages until 1837 (the exceptions were Quakers and Jews), so you will find many High Chapel members (and other known dissenters) marrying at St Oswalds.

All data is presented in pdf format - I strongly advise against printing these, as I am continually adding further details and corrections - check back often to see what new data has been added!  As we reconstruct more family trees, I will also be marking up all the spreadsheets to show in which family trees individuals appear and identifying the individuals concerned with names of parents/spouses, etc.


You can SEARCH the spreadsheets using the search tool on the Adobe browser, however, remember that the transcriptions record the spelling that was used on the original document - which sometimes varies considerably from entry to entry and from the way the surname may be spelt nowadays!


Early dates

It is important to take account of the fact that before September 1752, the Julian Calendar was in use in England.  Under this system, the new year began on Lady Day (25th March) rather than on 1st january as it does with the Gregorian Calendar.  Some records indicate this by identifying dates between 1st jan and 25 mar thus "22 February 1641/2".  You can read more about the switch on this document.

Ravenstonedale Census information

I have only transcribed the 1841 and 1911 censuses to date - given the wide availability of census information, I am unlikely to transcribe any more years, though at some point, I WOULD like to produce spreadsheets or maps showing which other counties people born in Ravenstonedale migrated to.

But there are many OTHER documents that can add colour and details to our research - the first of these is one of the earliest sets of records that tells us about who lived in the parish


Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1379, 1610, 1624 and 1625 for Ravenstonedale

The 1379 Lay Subsidy Roll is the earliest document we possess that lists the people who lived in Ravenstonedale.  The original document is damaged, so there are gaps in the list, and it seems that the use of hereditary surnames had not yet been adopted by the majority of the people living in the parish at this time - however, some of the names seem to crop up a century and a half later in the 1541 and 1568 tenancy documents.  It is very interesting and well worth a look!

Ravenstonedale Wills & Probate

This page gives you lots of information on how to find Probate documents for your Ravenstonedale ancestors, which may provide confirmation of relationships and introduce you to NEW family members.  The page includes a list of over 800 Wills and Administrations for people who lived in the parish from around 1700 to 1890.

The later Rolls provide greater detail, but by the 17thC this tax was only payable by those who owned a more substantial amount of property/land/goods.  So there were very few tenants on the later lists: