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VII. Isle of Man

The British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. maintains a large research collection at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. This section is a guide to the Isle of Man portion of that collection, however many of the materials listed are available from the Family History Library through Family History Centers worldwide.

The resources listed in the "Isle of Man" section are to be used in addition to the resources in the "General British Isles" section. 

A. Finding Places: Maps and Gazetteers

Landranger Map Series. The Isle of Man is on Map number 95 of this series. See the description of this source here.

Lewis, Samuel. A Topographical Dictionary of England (4 vols.) is an excellent gazetteer that gives locations and descriptions of places in England, the Channel Islands, and Isle of Man. Published in 1831, book number 914.2 L588. This Gazetteer is also available on microfilm #413,519 - 413,522 for other Family History Centers.

Phillips Handy Atlas of the Counties of England includes maps of the Isle of Man. FHL film #1,440,961.

Woods, A New Atlas and Gazetteer of the Isle of Man: Consisting of seventeen highly finished maps, civil and ecclesiastical boundaries of each parish, and the boundaries of the several baronies, freeholds and quarterlands. FHL film #896,641, item 1.

B. Civil Registration

Compulsory civil registration for births and deaths began in 1878. Civil registration of marriages began in 1884. Indexes to civil registration are on the following microfilms.

Birth Indexes

DISTRICT DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Douglas District 1821 - 1942 0454954
Douglas District 1934 - 1964 0454955
Ramsey, Peel, and Castletown District 1849 - 1964 0454956

Marriage Indexes

DISTRICT DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Northern Division: Ramsey, Maughold, Lezayre, Andreas, Bride, Jurby Eastern Division: Douglas, Onchan, Lonan, Braddan, Marown 1884 - 1964 0454951
Southern Division: Castletown, Malew, Santon, Arbory, Rushen Western Division: Peel, German, Patrick, Michael, Ballaugh 1884 - 1964 0454952
Dissenters (all districts) 1849 - 1964 0454953

Death Indexes

DISTRICT DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Douglas District 1877 - 1964 0454957
Ramsey, Peel, and Castletown District 1877 - 1964 0454958

C. Census

Census returns for Isle of Man are available on the following microforms.

YEAR CENSUS PLACE FILM/FICHE NUMBER
1841 Andreas Parish - Jurby Parish 464355
1841 Lezayre Parish - Michael Parish 464356
1841 Onchan Parish - Rushen Parish 464357
1851 See Register of Places on fiche #6024509 106362 - 106365
1861 See Register of Places on fiche #6024509 543279 - 543281
1871 See Register of Places on fiche #6024509 895840 - 895847
1881 See Register of Places on fiche #6024509 1342344 - 1342348
1891 See Register of Places on fiche #6024509 6099792 - 6099802

D. Church Records

Many parish register transcripts are available on microfilm. The Los Angeles Regional Family History Center has the following transcripts.

Parish Register Transcripts

PARISH DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Andreas 1649 - 1831 0106704
Arbory 1652 - 1883 0106706
Ballagh 1607 - 1849 0106707
Braddan 1626 - 1849 0106708
Bride 1693 - 1849 0106713
Douglas - St. George 1781 - 1896 0106717
Douglas - St. Mathews 1705 - 1848  0106718
German 1665 - 1858 0106722
Jurby 1606 - 1871 0106725
Lezayre 1696 - 1849 0106727
Lonan 1718 - 1849 0106728
Malew 1650 - 1804 0106729 - 0106730
Marown 1622 - 1849  0106733
Maughold 1647 - 1849 0106735
Patrick 1714 - 1849 0106738

E. Probate Records Records

Probate records were handled in either the Archdeaconry Court or the Episcopal Court. The indexes to the individual courts are difficult to use, so the Isle of Man Family History Society created a joint card index.

Joint Card Index

SURNAMES FHL FILM NUMBER
A - Cowl 1037043
Cowle - Karrand 1037044
Karrat - McCormick 1037045
McCoy - Sayle 1037046
Saynt - Younghusband 1037084

Indexes to Wills of the Episcopal Court and the Archdeaconry Court

COURT YEARS FHL FILM NUMBER
Episcopal Will Index 1681 - 1688 1037084
Episcopal Will Index 1600 - 1602 1037084
Archdeaconry Will Index 0106195

F. Land Records

Indexes of Deed Sales

LOCATION DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Southside   1595 - 1847 0106684
Northside 1608 - 1847 0106685
Castletown (includes all parishes) 1780 - 1847 0106686
Northside Mortgages 1723 - 1847 0106697
Southside Mortgages 1723 - 1847 0106698
Maughold, Lonan, Marown, Malew, Arbory, Rushen, Andreas, Bride, Lezayre, Patrick, German, Michael, Ballaugh, Jurby 1847 - 1887 0106687
Conchan, Braddan, St. Anne 1847 - 1884 0106688
Conchan 1885 - 1920 0106689
Conchan 1921 - 1954 0106690
Braddan 1885 - 1954 0106691
St. Anne 1885 - 1921 0106691
Michael, Ballaugh 1888 - 1954 0106692
Patrick, German, Bride, Lezayre, Jurby, Andreas, Marown, Malew 1888 - 1920 0106693
Maughold, Lonan, Arbory, Rushen 1888 - 1920 0106694
St. Anne, Marown, Rushen, Malew, Arbory, Maughold, Lezayre 1921 - 1954 0106695
Jurby, Bride, Andreas, German, Patrick, Lonan 1921 - 1954 0106696

G. Court Records

The Los Angeles Regional Family History Center has the following indexes to court records for the Isle of Man.

TYPE OF RECORD DATES FHL FILM NUMBER
Archbishop of York, Chancery Court petitions 1800 - 1935 0106657
Archbishop of York, Chancery Court bills and actions 1800 - 1952 0106683
Criminal Court entry book 1848 - 1955 0106656
Enquest chronological abstracts 1687 - 1825 0106097
Books of the Court of the Exchequer 1799 - 1925 0106294

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The BIFHS–USA Guide to British Isles Research has been compiled and annotated by Linda Jonas.
Copyright © 1998-2002 Linda Jonas. All rights reserved.


Last edit: Friday, 04-May-2007 08:38:00 MDT