Surname index

Surname index
Tracing ancestors through birth, marriage, death and census records allows you to get some idea of how they lived. But for real context you can't beat reading newspaper articles and other content in which they appear. Even better if you can trace their lives over a period. It's also beneficial to read articles from the same period to get an idea what was happening at the time they lived. Many of the items listed below are particularly poignant, since they chart how St Ives residents were affected by World War I.

Here are alphabetical lists of surnames (A to K and L to Z) mentioned in newspaper cuttings about St Ives and census records for the St Ives Union Workhouse as specified below. The surnames listed are those not only of St Ives residents, but also people living in surrounding villages or elsewhere who had a connection to St Ives. There are also entries for St Ives men and others connected to the town who died or served in World War I, St Ives men and women transported to Australia, several St Ivians of note and residents who had a business in the town.

There are more than 1,000 surnames in the two lists. The population of St Ives during the period covered was about 3,000. Family groups therefore numbered less than 1,000. So it's likely the list includes almost all St Ives surnames. Under each surname are date links. Just click any link to go to the record.

The surname lists are updated weekly. They currently cover the following.

Newspaper cuttings
19th century Surnames from  twenty-nine cuttings
1905 Surnames from letters on the tolls & one cutting
1906-1907 Surnames from five cuttings
1909 19th century surnames from 'Reminiscences'
1913 to 1918 All surnames
1919 All surnames to 15 August 1919, added to weekly


1885 Business RegisterSurnames of business holders in St Ives


World War I
Roll of Honour All surnames of those who served in WWI
St Ives War Memorial Lives of 74 names on memorial, and 21 other names


Transportees Currently nine surnames, added to periodically


St Ivians of noteCurrently five surnames, added to periodically

Workhouse censuses
1841, 1851, 1871 to 1911     All surnames
1861 Workhouse staff surnames. Only initials for inmates.

When checking for a particular surname from the 1885 Business Register and Workhouse Censuses, it's advisable to  continue through to the end of the record. Sometimes there are multiple entries for the same surname. In the Business Register a surname may be listed under the business name (e.g. a bank) as an official, instead of or as well as in alphabetical order.

To read all about the St Ives Union Workhouse, click here. If you see a surname appearing for both the 1851 and 1871 censuses, they may also have been in the Workhouse in 1861. You can view the 1861 census in full by clicking here.

Click either of the links below to access a list of surnames.

Surname index A to K

Surname index L to Z

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