The Parish Chest -There was more to life than baptism, marriage and burial (310)

The records and accounts of the parish make up what is collectively called the parish chest. From the reign of Elizabeth I the parish’s role in local affairs expanded to include many civil responsibilities that affected the lives of your ancestors. Parish officers - the churchwardens and overseers - raised taxes, kept accounts and managed parish affairs including maintaining the church, providing relief to the poor, setting local rates, repairing roads, maintaining law and order, and operating schools. You will discover other fascinating records as well, among them the wills of benefactors, militia records and parish magazines. This course explains how to locate parish chest records, describes indexes and finding aids, and discusses how to interpret and use search results. As a result you will build your family tree and expand your understanding of the parish and its day to day activities.

Instructor: Gill Blanchard

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

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Relevant Countries: England, Wales

310 The Parish Chest -There was more to life than baptism, marriage and burial (310)
Starting Date
06 Jun 2015
Course Length:
4 weeks
Cost: £45.99
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