Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Parish Records

Record Content Church of England parish register baptism records usually contain the following information: Baptism date Name of the child Sex of the child Legitimacy of the child Marital status of the parents Social class of the parents Name of the father and often mother’s given name May list the residence of the parents, especially after 1812 Church of England parish register marriage records usually contain the following information: Marriage date Name of the bride and groom Age of the bride and groom May list names of parents or other relatives After 1837, the full names of the fathers Residence of the bride and groom Marital status of individuals and couples May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage. After 1754, the full names of witnesses May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage Church of England parish register burial records usually contain the following information: Burial date Name of the deceased. If the deceased is a child, the father’s name might be given. If the deceased is a married woman, the husband’s name might be given. Age of the person Residence of the deceased May give the sex of the deceased Residence of the deceased

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