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"SOUTHAMPTON, comprises the parishes of St. Mary, St. Laurence, All Saints, Holy Rood, St. John, St. Michael, and St. Mary Extra; it is a seaport, market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, and a county of itself, locally in the hundred of Mainsbridge, county Hants, 14 miles S.S.W. of Winchester, 17 N.E. of Lymington, and 11 N.W. of Portsmouth. It is situated on a peninsula at the head of Southampton Water, between the river Test, or Anton, on the W., and the Alre, or Itchen, on the E. It is a constantly and rapidly-increasing place, the population having risen from 7,913 in 1801 to 35,305 in 1851, and 46,960 in 1861, occupying 7,712 houses. About a mile to the S.W. of the present town stood the Roman Clausentum, the site of which is now occupied by Bittern Farm, and is still indicated by a fosse and vallum on the land side. "


Archives and Libraries

  • Southampton Archives has church records, public records and private collections.
  • Southampton Library Special Collections has fascinating material on the city, the people and the port of Southampton. The information includes everything from censuses, street directories and Hampshire and Southampton newspapers, the earliest dating back to 1772
  • Hartley Library, Southampton University – The Cope Collection covers all of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. No aspect of local life is excluded, the collection contains material on religion, local government, education, commerce and industry, transport etc. It also holds copies of some Hampshire and Southampton newspapers.


  • Southampton Record Series - A joint enterprise of the City and University of Southampton. A fascinating series of volumes concerning Southampton’s history. They include “A Calendar of Southampton Apprenticeship Registers 1609-1750” and “Southampton Sources: 1086-1900”.


  • Sources for Family History in Southampton City Records Office. Publisher: Southampton City Council, City Records Office ISBN: 085433047X.


  • The Illustrated History of Southampton's Suburbs.By Jim Brown. Published by Breedon Books. The first single-volume survey of the history of the residential areas of the city. ISBN 1-85983 405-1


  • Titanic Voices. Memories from the Fateful Voyage, 1997, by Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima. Available from Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN no: 0-312-17428-4.



Southampton Old Cemetery, Hill Lane - The last resting place of General Gordon of Khartoum and some of the Titanic victims. This large cemetery was opened in 1846 on the edge of Southampton Common. In 1854 a small closed off area was designated for Jewish Graves.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Southampton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

  • Church of England Parish Registers held by Southampton Archives – they hold parish records for Southampton, including original registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. All the pre 1837 registers have been transcribed and indexed.


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Southampton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU420130 (Lat/Lon: 50.914880, -1.403937), Southampton which are provided by:


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.