- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Everton is a small village of about 200 dwellings (including outlying ones). Since 2009 it is a civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire District of Bedfordshire, England. (From 1974 until 2009 it was in the Mid Bedfordshire District.) It is located close to the borders with Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, and a little over two miles northeast of the market town of Sandy.
The village is situated on top of Tempsford Hill on the Greensand Ridge Walk and is close to the WWII airfield RAF Tempsford.
St Mary's Church as it exists now is substantially 12th Century although the tower, nave, clerestory and south porch are 15th Century.
The hamlet of Tetworth, mentioned below, has been in Huntingdonshire since 1844 but was formerly in Bedfordshire.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Everton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "EVERTON, a parish in Biggleswade [registration] district, Beds; on the verge of the county, 1¾ mile NW of Potton [railway] station, and 4½ NNE of Biggleswade. It has a post office under St. Neots. Acres: 975. Real property: £1,300. Population: 248. Houses: 49. Everton Hall is a chief residence. An extensive tract of bog has been drained by steam power. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Tetworth, in the diocese of Ely. Value: £200. Patron: Clare Hall, Cambridge. The church is small. There are a national school and charities £6."
- The website British History Online provides three chapters of the Victoria County History Series on Bedfordshire. The first covers the religious houses of the county; the second and third provides articles on the parishes of the county. The parishes are arranged within their "hundreds".
- GENUKI main page for Bedfordshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
- Bedfordshire family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
- The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
- A Vision of Britain through Time, Bedfordshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
- These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.