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Final Update to the Research Tool

Kibworth & Smeeton Villagers Ancestral Records 1574-1950 v4

This database now includes the baptisms, marriages, and burials 1574-1674; the marriage banns that have survived 1755-1950 and the early Electoral Registers’ Voters lists 1834 and 1885.


The details have been extracted from the registers held by the LRO for: St Wilfrid’s Church, Christ Church, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Congregational Chapel, Little Zion Baptist Chapel, Debdale Lane, and Kibworth Cemetery.


The file needs either MS Works Database (all versions from 1998), MS Access (2010-17), Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3, or Libre Office 4.3.2, to be installed on your PC: these last two are the leading free open-source office software programs. Installation files for either of the last two are on the DVD.


It is without doubt the most significant publication of the villagers’ history since the Commissioners, appointed by an Act of Parliament in 1779, for the Enclosure of the Open and Common Pastures, Public and Drift Roads over the Open and Common Fields in the Lordships of Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt, Smeeton Westerby and the formation of the Radical part of Beauchamp from the 1880s.


After spending 7,622 hours over nine years compiling the Database, it is now complete.


It contains the full details of the 37,403 past inhabitants of our three villages.

  • A new ‘Note 8 the Register’s Yearly Totals’ field has been added.

  •  Use the three ‘Surname Search’ forms (two will be personalised for your own family) to find those you seek.

  • View/Print those out using the ‘One Person’s Details’ form, with all the 155 fields (columns) on one A4 page.

  • Use any of the inbuilt Sort Codes, Filters, and abbreviations, to research the facts therein.

  • One of the astonishing facts that came to the fore is by using the sort code for St Wilfrid’s graveyard, it will list all 6,576 who were interred between 1574, and when the graveyard closed for any new family interments in 1894.

  • Browse all eight Census returns 1841-1911 or any part thereof.

  • By default, the names are sorted in A-Z order. A sort by street codes, house numbers and surnames will place everyone at their last known address.

The research options are endless. Can your family be without your own personalised copy of all the registers held at the LRO, for future generations to browse through on your paternal and maternal sides of the family? If not, a full copy, tailored to surnames is available at £15 - or, to those who purchased the earlier versions (my sincere thanks to those), the update is only £10.


To obtain a copy telephone (0116) 279 2938 - stating the version of Windows you are using and the format you require.

For those new to Database, or anyone who needs updating - a brief tuition is available on collection of your copy.


As for my last book “Kibworth to Smeeton A stroll down memory lane III”, copies are still on sale at £10. These, along with profits from the sale of the DVD, will be split three ways and donated to: Kibworth Health Centre, Smeeton Road; Old School Surgery, Station Road; Kibworth Scouts & Guides Building Fund.


Philip J Porter
Issue 398
January 2018

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