Researching English Parish Registers

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 388 pages+charts
Author: P. Christensen
Year: 2001
ISBN: 9781894018869
Other: index
Publisher: Heritage Productions

Parish records are a key resource for genealogy research, and understanding the structure and contents of parish records, especially those of the Church of England, in their historical context is essential for your research.

Penelope Christensen's 'Researching English Parish Registers' provides the reader with practical details that you need to find the registers, use the indexes and interprets the original documents.


Historical Content
- History affecting parish registers
- History in action
- Royal events
Church of England Parish Registers
- Ecclesiastical jurisdictions
- Structure of records
- The records
- Meanings of terms
- Godparents
- Age at baptism
- Adult baptisms
- First born children
- Same name children
- Nicknames
- Record family sizes
- Foundlings
- Illegitimacy
- Duplicate christening
- Interesting christenings
- Christenings abroad
Confirmation Records
Marriage Records
- Marriage banns
- Marriage licences
- Espousal books
- Marriage registers
- Marriage transcripts
- Interesting marriages
- Odd events at marriages
- Strange couples
- Marriages abroad
- Annulment and divorce
Burial Records
- Where buried
- Information in church records
Monumental inscriptions
Other Items in Registers
- Affidavits
- Briefs
- Charitable donations
- Churchwardens presentments
- Comments on the parishoners
- Correspondece with the Vicar
- Customary fees
- Glebe terriers
- Historical announcements
- List of churchwardens
- List of Excommunicated and Absolved
- Lists of incumbents
- Lists of parishoners
- Local agriculture and economy notes
- Medical notes
- Relevant Acts of Parliament
- Severe weather
- Visitation notes
- General
- Efficient use of others' films
- The IGI
- LDS Vital Records CDs
- Boyd's Indexes
National Burial Index
- Monumental Inscription Indexes
- Other Indexes
- Finding the records
- Searching the records
- Example of reading a parish register
- Effective recording techniques
- Documenting correctly
Reliability of information
- Errors in parish registers
- Omissions from parish registers
- Forgery in parish registers
- Errors in reading
- Events in chapelries and other parishes
Refrences and Further Reading
Blank Forms



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