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Information # 7

Title:Parish Records
Description:Parish Baptism, Banns, Marriage and Burial Records
Detail:After the establishment of the Church of England, a law was passed requiring parish priests to record all the baptisms, marriages, and burials that they officiated at each year. These records which are often called parish registers should have started in 1538, though some parishes did not start until as late as 1598. A parish priest generally recorded the rites he performed during the year on blank sheets, sometimes bound into single volume. As it was not stated how entries should be kept, early registers show a variety of formats. In some registers, baptisms, marriages and burials appear in separate columns on the same page, in others they are grouped separately in different parts of the book, or some may have all three together in chronological order. Information supplied in these early registers also varied, though basic vital information is the general norm.
Other linksGoogle
England Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records
Wikipedia - Parish register

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