All About Parish Registers (115)

Parish registers, the records of baptisms, marriages and burials maintained by the Church of England, are the most important source for genealogists before civil registration began in 1837. Parish registers start as early as 1538 and continue in use today. They remain an important resource even after the start of civil registration because of the many missing civil records during the years from 1837 to 1874. The registers reveal most to those genealogists who know the most about them, their background and historical context, the legislation that affected the content, and the layout of the registers.

This course provides you with that knowledge. In addition, case studies will be examined to demonstrate how parish registers can be used for research. In the concluding week you will work with record access problems. In addition, you will learn how to find social status and occupational clues within the parish registers, how to use extracted information to construct a family tree and how to connect from register entries to other useful resources.

STUDENTS SAID "The course was packed full of useful hints and tips, I enjoyed the exercises."

Instructor: Karen Cummings

Each lesson includes exercises and activities, and a minimum of 1 one hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

Relevant Countries: England and Wales

115 All About Parish Registers (115)
Starting Date
04 May 2015
Course Length:
3 weeks
Cost: £33.99
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