Houghton Regis Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Houghton Regis is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Puddle-hill, Chalk Hill, Bidwell, Sewell, and Thorn.

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1602

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HOUGHTON-REGIS, a village and a parish in Luton district, Beds. The village stands near Watling street, 1 mile N of Dunstable r. station; and has a post office under Dunstable. The parish contains also the hamlets of Bidwell, Puddle hill, Sewell, and Thorn. Acres, 4,500. Real property, £8,920. Pop., 2,169. Houses, 452. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Bedford. Houghton Hall is the seat of H. Brandreth, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £400. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is early English; was recently restored; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a a tower; and contains an effigies of a knight and monuments of the Brandreths. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, a large national school of 1847, an endowed school with £50 a year, and a charity with £10.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Free

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

FamilySearch Catalogue Records – Free

Church records

Births and burials, 1769-1836

Bishop’s transcripts for Houghton-Regis, 1602-1860

Parish register extracts, 1538-1875

Parish registers for Houghton-Regis, 1538-1977

Parish registers of Houghton Regis, 1538-1812

Church records – Indexes

Computer printout of Houghton Regis, Beds., Eng

Parish register printouts of Houghton Regis, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1813-1876

Parish register printouts of Houghton-Regis, Bedford, England ; christenings, 1538-1812


Houghton Regis churchyard [monumental inscriptions]


The book of Dunstable & Houghton Regis Author: Evans, Vivienne; Evans, Lewis; Roucoux, Omer

Royal Houghton Author: Lovering, Pat; Evans, Vivienne; Lowen, Elizabeth


Admission register, 1894-1926 and log books, 1871-1947 Houghton Regis Church of England School (Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire)

Court records

Court records, 1253-1925 Author: Manor of Houghton-Regis. Court (Bedfordshire)


Census returns for Houghton Regis, 1841-1891


Land tax assessments for Houghton-Regis, 1797-1946


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Bedfordshire
Civil Registration District: Luton
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Ely
Rural Deanery: Dunstable
Poor Law Union: Luton
Hundred: Manshead
Province: Canterbury