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The Shakespeare Family History Site






William Shakespeare


The accepted Genealogy of the Poets' Family


relating to the Poet and their


The Poets' 'lost family'

An argument for other siblings of the Poet

An analysis of the arguments for John the 'Shoemaker' being a brother of the Poet

Further Genealogical References to William

Details of the Poets family

Coat of Arms

Richard Shakespeare, of Snitterfield - traditionally the Poets' Grandfather. However, research indicates otherwise.

Some speculative notes on the origins of the Poets 'supposed' Grandfather

Richard Shakespeare

However, there is a strong argument that Richard Shakespeare of Snitterfield was NOT the Poet's grandfather!

Speculation On

The Origin of John Shakespeare, of Stratford

The Poets entry in the

Dictionary of National Biography

Nicholas Rowe:

'Some Acount of the Life &c. of Mr. William Shakespear'

Information, in an analysis by Peter Lee, indicating that the Poets family may be connected with the

Shakespeares of Rowington


'Extended Family' of the Poet


'In Search of Shakespeare'

by Michael Wood

Analysis of the Television Series

The Portraits of Shakespeare


The 'Sanders Portrait' of William Shakespeare

The 'Old Player' Portrait of William Shakespeare

Extract from

Shakespeare's Dark Secrets - Revealed

by Arthur Marlowe

Includes references to a number of documents, and interesting research relating to Ann Whateley

Why Did The Poet Go To London?

A new theory as to why the Poet made the journey to the capital.

A little bit of fun!

Shakespeare Magic

William Shakespeare and Richard Field

Interesting details of the connections between the Shakespeare and Field families of Stratford

William Shakespeare's connection with Dursley, Gloucestershire

Original 'Encyclopaedia Britannica' entry for William Shakespeare

Includes reference to ten children of John & Mary Shakespeare

The Origins of 'The Shakespeare Authorship Question'

Shakespeare Questions (part of the Shakespeare 'Authorship' Debate)

A simple refutation of the authorship debate is given on the Birthplace Trust Website, but for the definitive argument see David Kathman's splendid Shakespeare Authorship Website

Shakespeare and the Smith & Walker families of Stratford

Shakespeare's Birthplace: Pictures From 1945


Parish Registers

An attempt to list all Shakespeare entries in the Parish Registers of the County of Warwickshire, and other places where they occur.
Entries from Boyd's Marriage Index
Vicar-General Marriage Licence Allegations (1694 - 1850)
Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations (1701-1850)


G.R.O Indexes


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Monumental Inscriptions

An attempt to list all Shakespeare Monumental Inscriptions.

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Shakespeare Graves

A listing of Shakespeare Graves from various sources

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Census Records

Part of the 1841 Warwickshire Census

1841 Census of Tamworth

(May not be complete)

Index to 1851 Warwickshire Census

(Includes Norfolk and Devon) -with links to each individual

1851 Warwickshire Census Analysis

1851 Census of Dudley, Worcs

1861 Census of Dudley, Brierley Hill & Kingswinford

Not Complete

1880 USA Census

- a 'State-by-State' listing of every Shakespeare entry

1881 Canadian Census

- all Shakespeare entries

Index to 1881 UK Census

- all Shakespeare entries for the whole of Great Britain (1669 individuals)

1901 Census of Tamworth

(May not be complete)

Miscellaneous Census Records

George Shakespeare, born Warks, in 1851 Census of Sedgley, Staffs, and his family

Gloucestershire & Southern Warwickshire: Partial Index to Census
1871 Census: Some London (Middlesex & Surrey) Entries
1871 Census: Some London (Middlesex & Surrey) Entries - As above, but sorted by Birth County
The Population of Great Britain & Ireland: official census figures



'Shakespearana Genealogica' - Notes taken from the 1869 book by George Russell French, giving brief genealogical details. Hopefully these will be linked to the appropriate 'Pedigrees' other documents when they appear on the site.
'Records of Wroxall Abbey & Manor' - J W Ryland
'Records of Rowington' J W Ryland
'William Shakespeare: A Study of The Facts & Problems' - E K Chambers
'Shakespeare's Haunts near Stratford' - E I Fripp



An attempt to reconstruct the genealogies as far as possible for the various Shakespeare families in the places they occur.


Misc Warwickshire Records

Note that some of these files are very large due to the information they contain and may take a considerable time to download - please be very patient

Warwickshire - List of 1820 Freeholders
Warwick - 1586: List of Communicants
Warwick - Hearth Tax 1670
Warwick - Town Survey 1806
Coventry Apprentices:

Transcript of Coventry Apprentice Enrolment Register 1781-1801, 1812-1821, 1832-1841

Miscellaneous Coventry Archives

(Borough Archive Documents)

Transportation of Warwickshire Convicts
Coventry Convicts Register 1879, 1890-1897
Warwickshire Deeds in the Harvard Law School Collection


Other Documents

Apprenticeship Records London City Apprenticeships Abstracts (1442-1850)

Coventry Apprentices


(Combined Index)

Wills held by Lichfield Joint Record Office

Wills held by Worcester County Record Office

Wills held by Somerset House

Wills held by the Public Records Office

Other Wills, Inventories & Administrations (by Roy W Shakespeare)

Various Will Summaries by Roy W Shakespeare)

Bank of England Will Extracts

Little Packington

Derbyshire Wills, 1525-1928

Criminal Cases involving Shakespeares Transcripts of Trials at The Old Bailey

Shakespeare 'Convicts' - those sentenced to transportation for their crimes

Coventry Convicts Register 1879, 1890-1897

Some Coventry Criminals

Transportation of Warwickshire Convicts

Some Yorkshire Shakespeare criminals

William Shakespeare, Woollen Weaver, sentenced at Warwick Assizes, 27 March 1838

A Staffordshire Calender of Prisoners

Anthony Shakespeare, Convicted of Cursing!!

Dictionary of National Biography John Shakespear, 1774-1858

Sir Richmond Campbell Shakespear, 1812-1861

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

Who Was Who Who Was Who 1961 - 1970 - Brig. Arthur Talbot Shakespeare DSO, MC.
Miscellaneous Parish Records Little Packington Churchwardens

Little Packington Church Seating Plan

Boyd's Marriage Index

Shustoke, Warwickshire: Almspersons

Manorial Records Little Packington

Rowington Manorial Court

Obituaries Index to Aris's Birmingham Gazette

Emma Margaret Shakespeare, of Central City, Iowa

Arthur Shakespeare, Iowa

IGI A listing of the number of UK entries on the IGI by Country and by County, as a guide to geographical distribution.
Victoria County History Leicestershire


Burkes Peerage

1970 Edition

The Descendants of Humphrey Shakespeare - the Genealogy of The Rt. Hon Sir Geoffrey Hithersay Shakespeare, 1st Bt.
Historical Manuscripts Commision  
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Listing of all 75 individuals listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Military Records US Civil War

Commonwealth War Graves

US Battleship Rhode Island, 1907

The Indian Mutiny Medal Roll

Officers Died (includes some biographical information, and monumental inscriptions)

Captain William Henry Shakespear, by H V F Winstone

Heworth Colliery War Memorial

City of Birmingham War Memorial, Hall of Memory, 1914 - 1918 War

The National Roll of the Great War 1914 -1918, Section VI - Birmingham

The Battle of Waterloo (Captain Arthur Shakespeare)

The Royal Humane Society - Bronze Medal: Lt. L W Shakespear

The Royal Humane Society - Bronze Medal: Commander Shakespeare, HMS Dwarf

J D Shakespear's Letters to 'The Times' - experiences as an Officer during the Crimean War

The 'London Gazette'

War Memorial: West Kirby, Cheshire

Miscellaneous references to Military Personnel serving in the Crimean War and the Boer War

Ships Passenger Records Ellis Island Records - Index is a large file-please be patient

Index to Australian Immigration

Trade Directories A large number of Trade Directories are now available - see Index

The Medical Directory 1986

Newspapers Index of Newspaper 'Cuttings'

The 'London Gazette'

J D Shakespear's Letters to 'The Times' - experiences as an Officer during the Crimean War

Iowa 'Newspaper Clippings'

Telephone Directories U.S.A. and Canada
Electoral Registers None yet available
Gedcom Files Gedcom files of the 'Family Trees' in the 'Pedigrees Section' are available on request.
Miscellaneous Records A 'Shakespeare' Football Team

Tulips, named Shakespeare

Shrewsbury Burgess Roll

The Oxford Dictionary of The Christian Church: John Howard Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Sewing Machine

The Shakespeare Knife

Thomas Shakespeare's Diary

The Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Company, USA and England

Gloucestershire Subsidy Roll, 1327

A letter (1930) from Charles Shakespeare, of Coventry, to the Vicar of Brierley Hill, Staffs. (found in the baptism register)

A Brierley Hill Diary

Poster: S H Shakespeare & Co, Birmingham (1939)

California Pioneers

Freedmen: Former Slaves of Morgan County, Georgia - 1878

Gloucestershire Names: from the 17th & 18th Centuries

Martha Shakespeare, of Shadwell: The Four Shillings In The Pound Act 1693-1694

Shakespeare 'People' Miscellaneous references to Shakespeares from various sources - in most cases nothing further is known about these individuals


What's New

See updates and recent additions to the site at a glance



Contact details for all known Shakespeare researchers. If you are not here and would like your details included please contact the author


Help Section

Submit your queries for help or information if it is not already available on the site


Download Section

Download a number of useful resources, including all Shakespeares from the UK Birth, Marriage and Death Index from 1837 to the early 1900's


Miscellaneous Notes

Miscellaneous references to the name Shakespeare, and queries not in the main sections of the site

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A Town Called Shakespeare

A brief history of a 'Ghost Town' in New Mexico with the name Shakespeare


Shakespear or Shakespeare?

An analysis of the many and varied spellings of the name



Books of interest to Shakespeare Genealogists



Parish maps for the Counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Notes on the

Geographical Distribution of the Surname



An archive of 'Newsletters' sent by e-mail to researchers on Shakespeare Family History