Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - English Parish Registers on FamilySearch.org

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:   Find (some) English Parish Registers on FamilySearch.org.

Every County in England  has a collection of :Parish Registers in their record offices.  Almost all of the church Parish Registers have been microfilmed by the Family History Library, and are available for loan to read at a local FamilySearch Center.

Some of the County collections of Parish Registers have been digitized during FamilySearch Indexing and are available in the Historical Record collections at www.FamilySearch.org.  The available County collections can be found by going to https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list and entering "parish registers" in the search box (upper left-hand corner).

The available collections include:

*  England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (695,479 records, index only)

*  England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 (4,140,540 records, index only)

*  England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010 (browse images only)

*  England, Derbyshire Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910 (190,343 records, index only)

*  England, Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-1910 (332,615 records, index only)

*  England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (537,583 records ,index only)

*  England, Kent Parish Registers, 1538-1911 (browse images only)

*  England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire Parish Registers (947,377 records, index and images)

*  England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (188,222 records, index and images)

*  England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (1,196,651 records, index only)

*  Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-1950 (410,460 records, index only)

Users should be aware that:

*  These collections do not include every parish in the County

*  The records for each parish may not reflect the year range given.

*  These are mainly christening and marriage records that were extracted from the parish registers into the International Genealogical Index (IGI).  

Unfortunately, the IGI is a lot more difficult to access these days (you can search it at http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=igi/search_IGI.asp&clear_form=true).  A listing of the Parish Registers in the entire IGI is at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers/CountryEngland.htm#PageTitle.

That said, the search capabilities on the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections site are significantly better than on the classic site.

Over future months, more English County Parish Register collections should be added to the FamilySearch site.  Check back every month or so for additions.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver


Geolover said...

Great information, Randy.

For a great deal of information about what parish registers exist, together with dates, some publication data and links to many helpful websites, this site is invaluable:


Use and drill down into the location links at top of this gateway page. It is an extremely deep and broad site. One can search for specific locales and get lists of area churches, for example.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Randy! ... last night I perused the Hampshire records, from here in South Australia, and not only had my suspicion on the parentage of my GGGrandfather confirmed but discovered another 4 of his siblings! Am smiling to think that his marriage certificate will arrive, by post, next week which certainly should confirm my on-line discovery :-) Thanks again, Catherine

Howard Swain said...

Diana Trenchard mentioned last Jan. on the Gen-Medieval email list that there is a new site with an update to the info on Hugh Wallis' site. See:

Jay said...

Wow, thanks so much Randy. I have to admit I'm a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and have been concentrating on the censuses alone, as a new family historian, so it's wonderful to see it laid out nice and tidy like this.