parish register


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parish register

a book in which the births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths in a parish are recorded

parish register

a list of the baptisms, marriages and burials performed in a church or chapel. Through the use of Anglican parish registers it is possible to examine a number of questions of interest to the historical sociologist and demographer. These include family structure, fertility rates, illegitimacy, infant mortality, birth and death rates, and, to a limited extent, occupational and geographical mobility

Unfortunately not all parish registers have survived. In the 16th-century some churches failed to compile registers, gaps frequently exist in the records of some churches, especially during the Civil War period and many registers have been lost or damaged by fire or flood. From 1561, however, copies of the registers, The Bishops‘ Transcripts (BTs), were drawn up annually. Most of the surviving parish registers (together with the BTs) have now been deposited in County Record Offices.

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William married Mary Fleet in 1859 and both of their signatures appear in the parish register.
The Tonbridge parish register shows that John Holmden and Fayth Copyng were married on January 10, 1579/80, and had three children: Sara, daughter of John Holmden, buried on August 8, 1585; John, son of John Holmden, christened on May 18, 1598; and Elizabeth, daughter of John Holmden, christened on August 17, 1600.
Young, The Parish Register of Kingston, Upper Canada, 1785-1811.
Not only does a parish register of twenty years' or greater duration survive for each of these, but they constitute examples of contrasting demographic, social, and religious structure.
Often the only record of illegitimacy, prior to civil registration in 1837, is a child's baptism entry in the parish register.
Another organisation which carries out great work for the genealogist is the Lancashire Parish Register Society.
Also, panels displaying the history of the church will be on view throughout the church as well as the parish register of births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1731.
He says that Philip Ahier's book The Story of the Three Parish Churches quotes an entry in the Parish Register for May 2, 1812: "William Horsfall, Marsden.
Parish registers were in theory kept from 1538 but such was the turmoil in the Civil War period that you are indeed lucky if the events you are seeking were entered into a parish register at that time.
Duncalf died on 22 June 1677, and the entry in the parish register explained the circumstances of his demise.
Go back four generations on just one side of your family and you will discover 16 great, great grandparents, all of whom will have records you can access - births, marriages, deaths, parish register records, gravestone inscriptions etc, not to mention family items such as photographs, diaries and personal effects.