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.
Separate chapters are devoted here to personal annotations in almanacs, to financial accounts, commonplace books and parish registers.
Often the only record of illegitimacy, prior to civil registration in 1837, is a child's baptism entry in the parish register.
Journal excerpts, letters, and articles from Selborne's Parish Register illuminate White's intelligent but unremarkable beginnings and his unusual patience for nature's variety and detail which renders his work so accurate two centuries later.
By ending with the accession of James I, Mr Chambers provides 'an overlap with the start of the recording of births, marriages and deaths in the parish register system'.
Young, The Parish Register of Kingston, Upper Canada, 1785-1811.
We probably could have got it from a parish register somewhere).
15) The burial of Isabell Spenser on 16 August 1572 is recorded in the Burnley Parish Register.
In 1807 he began to publish again, reprinting his poems, together with a new work, "The Parish Register," in which he used the register of births, deaths, and marriages to compassionately depict the life of a rural community.
Other poems by Crabbe, similar in theme to The Village, include The Newspaper (1785), The Parish Register (1807), and The Borough (1810).
Decorated with friezes from Shakespeare's time, the pen is also hand-engraved with a reproduction of one the most famous portraits of the playwright and a line from the original parish register marking his baptism: 'Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere.