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Parish Registers

Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:12 pm

Does anyone know if there is a site that has all parish registers? If not, is there one that is better than others? I'm fed up with seeing a provider claiming that it has added so many thousand parish register records and then find that it is say three parishes in three different counties.

I have joined the Norfolk Family History Society for Norfolk parish registers. I also need West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and probably several others too. I don't want to have to join a new society for each county.

Any ideas?


Re: Parish Registers

Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:40 pm

There is no website that has all of the parish registers as it varies from county to county on access to the records and in some cases not all of the registers have been deposited in the local archive despite the Church Measures Act of 1978. It is frustrating that some of the biggest genealogical companies claim new parish records but it is frustrating to find that the parish you want is not included. It is going to be decades before all parish registers could be online and worrying to ensure that one company does not have a monopoly.

The best way to look for parish records is to look for local family history societies and many have a website and some have indexes. In some cases the records are arranged by old or new locations, eg King's Norton in Worcestershire moved to Birmingham so you might need to look in two areas.

Re: Parish Registers

Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:03 pm

Thank you for your reply and advice. I'll look at Family History Societies and try to get the records that way.

Re: Parish Registers

Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:01 pm

Frankly, the best or first place to look is free and that is http://www.familysearch.org. Even if the parish you want hasn't been included in the indexed collection (and even if it has), you may find that the microfilm of the register has been digitised and is available for browsing. This can be tedious, but saves you travelling long distances to different record offices. Even if not digitised, it is quite likely that microfilmed records of the parish you want are available, but you will need to order them in to your nearest LDS Family History Centre. To find if your parish is available click on Catalog and then search by place name.

As a case in point a vast swathe of Norfolk records have been digitised and are available for browsing:
England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 Browse Images 18 Jan 2011
England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 Browse Images 8 Apr 2011
England, Norfolk Marriage Bonds, 1557-1915 Browse Images 18 Jan 2011
England, Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions, 1600-1900's Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901 Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900 188,222 5 Apr 2012
England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900 Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844-1952 Browse Images

Good hunting!

Re: Parish Registers

Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:10 am

Thank you very much Sylvia. I didn't know about using www.family.search.org in this way. I'll give it a try straightaway.

Many thanks.

Re: Parish Registers

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:50 pm

A series of BMD's for West Yorkshire are available on Ancestry. Whilst not usually free Ancestry will often allow a 14 free trial period. The only catch is that you have to give your card details. BUT as long as you cancel the trial within the 14 days you will not be charged.


Re: Parish Registers

Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:01 pm

Thank you very much all of you for your help.

Re: Parish Registers

Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:14 pm

Lancashire has a free website - google Lancashire Online Parish Clerks, the site is pretty good and has a good search page.
I've found loads of info on there

Re: Parish Registers

Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:25 pm

The Lancashire Online Parish Registers look very good. Thanks

Re: Parish Registers

Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:26 am

I keep recommending Pickard's Pink Pages for Warwickshire, which has a lot of parish records on it.
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