Parish Registers: Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records from 1538 to 1837
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Parish records are registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials made by the Church. These records can help you trace your family roots back through baptisms, marriages, and burials. Most parish registers go back to the 1600s, and some even go 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, bmds, etc).
Phillimore Parish Records is a series of books published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and hold transcriptions of marriage registers. Learn more about W.P. Phillimore by clicking here.
You can also find out about searching for Parish Registers, where to find them, and the best options for viewing them online or on CD-ROM. You can also view links to websites containing related information.
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.
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.