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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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After tracing back to the mid 1800s by conventional means you will become largely dependent on church or parish registers, which were introduced in 1537/8.
The parish registers are an essential source for family historians," said Staffordshire's principal archivist Mr Mark Dorrington.
We are fortunate on Merseyside to be in the old county palatine of Lancashire which boasts one of the finest collections of published parish registers in the country.
Pre-1837 and the advent of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, the best way of tracing your lineage is by the parish registers.
The society offers access to parish registers, census documents, probate records, birth, marriage and death registers and the internet.
261) Parish registers provide Reay with a way of creating family-centered databases so that he can connect individuals' life-cycles with the historical contours of the social economy.
The Ancestry plans include digitising the London parish registers, nonconformist registers, school admission lists, poor law documents, electoral registers and wills.
Records - such as census documents and parish registers - will be available, as well as computers for internet research.
But in England, you could have a far better run as the survival of parish registers goes back to the 1500s.
28) Visitors took this injunction seriously, and the parish registers describe numerous attempts by Visitors to reunite couples.
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.
There are books to point the way to tracing your own family tree, records of existing family trees, archives, parish registers, maps, wills, church and place histories which can all help be vital sources.