Buried Treasure: What's in the English Parish Chest

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 60 pages
Author: P. Milner
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781921956522
Other: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

If you think that the only 'parish records' that exist are the baptisms, marriages and burials, you are very wrong, and this book will open your eyes as to all the other types of records that parishes kept, and that are a great resource for family historians.

'Buried Treasure: What's in the English Parish Chest' examines all the records created by parish officials for the civil and religious administrations of the English parish, except the baptism, marriage and burial records described so well in the companion volume - Discover English Parish Registers.

Records surviving in the parish chest will often solve your brick wall problems, including: 'Where did my ancestor come from before here?' or "Who is the father of that illegitimate child?" In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why the records were created, how changing laws affected who was and was not included, what the records look like and what information they contain. After showing examples of numerous records, the guide explains how and where to access the records (online, microfilm, originals or in print).

Here is a practical guide that will help family researchers solve their problems, and put them into historical context. This small volume is full of material for both the beginner and the experienced researcher. It is a well-illustrated guide to the contents of the English parish chest that allows any researcher to go way beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers commonly used for parish research.

Introduction and to use this book
Settlement and removal records
- Laws regarding settlement
- Methods of obtaining settlement
- Settlement records
- Settlement certificates
- Settlement examination
- Removal order
- Payment order
- Appeals in Quarter Sessions
Bastardy records
- Laws governing bastardy
- Bastardy records created
- Complaint of arrears
Apprenticeship records
Vestry minutes
Churchwarden accounts
- Church rates/Poor rates
- Churchwarden expenses
- List of jurors
- Voter lists
Constable accounts
- Laws relating to the role of constable
- Constables' accounts and records
Militia records
Miscellaneous items
- Confirmation list
- Church restoration list of donors
Finding the parish chest records
- Access to published records
- Free websites
- Commercial websites
Things to remember when using parish chest records



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  • Buried Treasure What’s in the English parish chest

    Posted by Teresa Collis on 10th Aug 2022

    A fantastic addition to reinforce the knowledge gain through watching the authors webinars through Legacy Webinars

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