These pages document a history of the people of Occold including references to external sources and the family history research we have done.
HINT: To find specific Occold names or families, use the Advanced Search facilty (left). And maybe read the Search Tips if you cannot find what you are looking - or it yields too many results!
There is an ongoing project to document the history of different groups of people from Occold including Roll of Honour, Rectors, Publicans, Postmasters, Farmers and other prominent citizens. Since there was a lot of inter-marriage between different families, all this information on individuals and families has been has been brought together in a single database - People of Occold.
You can access this database at:
You can key in the individual you are interested in and see various 'views' of the family including family groups, pedigree, descendants etc. The layout of the pages is not the easiest to navigate so you might have to try various options. Note that the database is being updated on an almost daily basis as we find more information as part of this work in progress. Regretably, the database is only visible if you have a subscription to www.ancestry.co.uk! Have fun!
Please Contact Us if you find any information which is incorrect or you have additional information that you wish to add.
Note: We did some considerable research into the Rectors of Occold but, since they moved in totally different social circles, this information will be published in a similiar fashion but in its own database.
The following notes may assist you interpret the information.
The database is hosted by ancestry.co.uk so you do need a subscription to view it. However, any person born in the last 100 years without a specific date of death will be shown as "living" and all information of name and event dates will not be shown.
However, we do have this information held privately up to the present day albeit all of it has been derived from information sources in the public domain
GRO (General Registrars Office) has been responsible for recording all births, marriages and deaths since 1837. A GRO entry looks like:
GRO <district>,<county>, <volume>, <page>
The Quarter is either Mar (Jan-Mar), Jun (Apr-Jun), Sep (Jul-Sep) or Dec (Oct-Dec)
District is a geographical area but a district can cover up to 50 parishes - thus it is not possible to pin down in which parish an event took place. Occold is part of the district of Hartismere.
Volume and Page refer to the reference numbers of the index and is required if you wish to puchase a copy of the relevant birth, marriage or death certificate.
Travel overseas is usually identified as Immigration (entering a country) or Emigration (leaving a country).
In most cases, it shows port of departure, destination, name of ship and occupation of passenger.
A probate entry generally shows the size of the estate and the names and occupations of the Executors. It does not show all the beneficiaries - this would be contained in a will if one had been left.
In some cases, we show the value of the estate in today's money based on the Bank of England historic records of inflation.