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Available Information on each Record

   

Before 1813

 

After 1813

     

Baptism Records

   

Basic Information.

- Name
- Father's Name
- Date of Baptism

The mother's name is usually only noted with an illegitimate child, and it is uncommon for it to appear on a baptism record otherwise.

   

Baptisms are recorded in a pre-printed book.

- Register entry number
- Date of Baptism
- Child's name
- Parents names
- Abode
- Occupation
- Who performed the ceremony

 

           
     

Burial Records

   

Basic information.

- Name of the deceased
- Date of burial

Sometimes when a man's wife died, the record simply reads 'Wife of John Smith' without the name. The woman's name is usually only recorded if she is a widow or single and over 21.

   

Burials are recorded in a pre-printed book.

- Name
- Abode
- Date of Burial
- Age
- Who performed the ceremony

 

           
     

Marriage Records

   

Basic information (name of Bride and Groom and date of marriage) until 1754, when more details were recorded:

- Name & Parish of Groom
- Name & Parish of Bride
- Date of Marriage
- Signatures of Bride & Groom
- Signature of Clergyman performing the ceremony
- Signatures of two witnesses
- Whether married by licence or by banns

   

In 1837, it became possible to marry in a register office. More details were recorded.

- Name, Age, Profession & Residence of Groom
- Name, Age, Profession & Residence of Bride
- Date & Year when married
- Where they married
- Condition of Bride & Groom (e.g. widow, bachelor)
- Groom's Father's Name & Profession
- Bride's Father's Name & Profession
- Signatures of Bride & Groom
- Signature of person performing the ceremony
- Signatures of two witnesses
- Whether married by licence or by banns