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Extend your Research back to the 1500s

Once you have got as far back as possible using BMD records and census information, you will need to turn to Parish Registers for information. You will usually find parish registers at the local County Record office, or, if you have access to the Internet, at websites like TheGenealogist that offer Parish Register transcripts and other services (e.g. Census & BMD records, etc). Why not try a FREE SEARCH for your ancestors on our website?

What are Parish Registers?

They are records of baptisms, marriages, and burials made by the Church. They are a valuable resource for researching your family tree because the census and official records of birth, marriage and death do not go back further than 1837. If you are interested in how Parish Registers began, then there is a short history on the site.

What are Phillimore's Marriage Registers?

These books are transcriptions of original parish registers which were published in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries by Phillimore & Co Ltd. The transcriptions were done by W.P. Phillimore - find out more on W.P. Phillimore by clicking here.

Parish Registers: Daily News & Information

Phillimore's Marriage Indexes on CD-ROM
Phillimore's Marriage Indexes can help you track your ancestors back to the 18th century.

 

A Short History of Parish Records
As we have seen, both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to c.1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records.

 

Who was W.P. Phillimore?
Phillimore has played a huge part in the transcription and printing of marriage register, and by the time he died he had covered over 1200 parishes.

 

Latest Product Reviews of Parish Registers

March 2012

Catholic Records: Obituaries 1722-1839

Originally published in 1913 by the Catholic Record Society, this volume includes the obituaries of Catholic priests from 1722 to 1783. There are also obituaries of Catholic clergy (English and French) and religious women from 1773 to 1839... READ FULL REVIEW...

February 2012

New Data CDs

S&N's newest releases are sure to be a boon to your research ... READ FULL REVIEW...

Catholic Records: Miscellanea Vol III

Following Catholic Miscellanea Vol II, this CD contains early 20th century Catholic registers, along with some more unusual records... READ FULL REVIEW...

January 2012

Registers of the Cathedral Church of Rochester

This transcription of the parish registers of Rochester was originally privately published in 1892... READ FULL REVIEW...

December 2011

Catholic Records: Miscellanea Vol II

We looked at the first volume of this series in the September issue of FHM (200), and noted that it contained the first ever published record series from the Catholic Record Society. Hot on its heels, we now have the second volume in the same series, which was published in 1906... READ FULL REVIEW...

November 2011

Catholic Records: Miscellanea Vol 1

Clare Baranowski reviews this month's data CDs for family historians... READ FULL REVIEW...

Data CDs: New Releases

S&N Genealogy Supplies have added the following data CDs to their list... READ FULL REVIEW...

April 2011

The Parsons and Parish Registers of Medmenham

Matt Elton reviews this month's data CDs for family historians. READ FULL REVIEW...

January 2011

Wingfield Church Registers

This volume of information relating to the Suffolk parish of Wingfield was privately published in 1925, by Vicar Aldwell, the parish incumbent. It comprises a range of historical information, extracts from wills, transcriptions of parish registers and monumental inscriptions. READ FULL REVIEW...

December 2010

Wingfield Church Registers 1538-1838

This digital version of Wingfield: Its Church, Castle and College is a great way to access parish records. Starting off with a map and chapters containing short local histories, the bulk of the document is the 130 pages of baptism, marriage and burial entries. There's also a few pages of monumental inscriptions from the church graveyard and extracts from wills administered in the parish from 1375 to 1504... READ FULL REVIEW...

August 2010

Sussex Records 1438-1603

Those of you with roots that stretch back to 15th-century Sussex may find this latest offering from S&N particularly useful. The CD contains a PDF of a 1904 book published by the Sussex Record Society... READ FULL REVIEW...

March 2010

Churchyard Inscriptions of London

Given the disjointed nature of monumental inscriptions online, resources that cover a large area, such as this CD for London, are always welcome. The fact that this was originally published in 1910 and contains inscriptions of stones that have since been removed is a real boon for finding out more about your London forebears and their final resting places. READ FULL REVIEW