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Parish Register Search
Alternatively you may wish to view the entire transcription of a parish on CD. This is certainly advisable where there maybe variants of a surname as it may work out to be even more economical for you. Please click here to view the Docklands Ancestors Series parish registers on CD, or simply click on the [CD available] link next to the parish you require in the list below.
Enhance your search by adding a forename. This feature has been added due to a number of requests from our regular visitors and is entirely optional. If you use this feature, all forenames will be searched according to your request (including any 'middle' names).
If results are obtained, we charge just £3.50 to view full details of all the matches returned by your search. We donít believe in subscriptions, vouchers, registration, or any other gimmicks. Itís a flat rate £3.50 to view all the details of all the matches for a name in any single database. Quite simply, you pay just for what you want, when you want it.
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N.B. These are all baptism records unless stated otherwise.
1) If you are unable to view the words in the Security box above, please click here.
2) If you are using the forenames option to search with, please be aware that a search for, say, David John Smith will also return a match of 'David John Alexander Smith'. This is because all the forenames are in the same field in the database. For more SEARCH TIPS please click here.
4) Transcriptions with an * indicate that these parishes were transcribed by Rob Cottrell as part of his Thames Riverside Series.
5) # The dates in this transcript are given in the original entries, namely in the Old Style, the year beginning on March 25th , until after the year 1751.
There is a good explanation of this confusing phenomenom at http://www.dnr.me.uk/ncfhs2/NCFHS_forms/Calendar%20dates.pdf
The importance of parish registers to family historians
Before civil registration started in 1837, you have more chance of finding an ancestor in a parish register than in any other source.
Parish registers began in 1538 when a law was passed requiring the clergy to record baptisms, marriages and burials. It was further decreed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1597 that all existing records should be copied into "fair parchment books, at least from the beginning of this reign". Thus began a practice that endures to this day.
Although there was much resistance to the practice at first by some of the clergy on the grounds of cost, it quickly became universal. England at that time was still almost exclusively a Catholic and still largely a feudal society. The Church held enormous sway in the lives of the people. The new Church of England continued the practice of recording baptisms etc and it is this body of information that is of most use to family historians.
The bulk of these records have now been deposited by the various churches into the care of County Record Offices. For the London area, (with the exception of the City of London) that's the London Metropolitan Archives. Most have been microfilmed and some indexed.
Our databases are derived from these microfilms. Each has been transcribed by an experienced transcriber and fellow family historian. In addition, each transcriber has a geographical connection with the the area.
The function of the Church in the early registers was to record events that were connected with the church. Hence, dates of baptism, marriage and burial were recorded and not dates of birth and death.. However, from the 18th century onwards, dates of birth and death were increasingly recorded in the parish registers.
discovery of an ancestor in a parish register is an exciting event. Not
only do you find a date for a specific event, like a birth date, but you
pin a whole family down to an area and often a trade. If there's one entry
in a register there's likely to be more. A search of the nearby parishes
is also likely to be fruitful.
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