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 third chapter uses parish register aggregations to build a dynamic view of population change during this period, within the boundaries of the guideline snapshots derived in chapter 2.
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'.
Sarah, although bred near the City of London, married John Travers, a member of a well-known Lancashire family.(15) The burial of Isabell Spenser on 16 August 1572 is recorded in the Burnley Parish Register.(16)
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.' Sue Croxford, head of retail at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: "We were delighted to work with John Hall and OMAS to create a rare and beautiful pen for this milestone."
Yet prior to the growth in state interest in recording the journey of life, this task had fallen upon the Church ever since 1536 when Thomas Cromwell made it mandatory for each parish to record baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers. Today parish records still form the core of much of what we can learn about our ancestors, and the Parish Register Transcription Societies must be thanked for first making these records available nationwide.
Early industrial Colyton attracted large numbers of female immigrants--using the parish register's burial information, Sharpe makes it clear that there seem to have been four women for every three adult men from the 1630s to the 1770s.
All the Shakespeare portraits are here, as are many portraits of his contemporaries, and there are large reproductions of important title-pages, crucial passages, and other documents: the van Buchel/de Witt drawing of the Swan; a manuscript page of addition IID of Sir Thomas More containing what appears to be Shakespeare's handwriting; the Holy Trinity church parish register record of Shakespeare's baptism.
There is little point in drawing up a family tree which has no source material (for example, parish register entries, birth/marriage/death certificates, etc).