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What are parish registers?

Local and family history A-Z > Parish registers
  • Parish registers record baptisms, marriages and burials in Anglican parish churches. These registers began in 1538, though very few of the early registers survive
  • Before the 1850s, most baptisms, marriages and burials were recorded in these Anglican registers. As civil registration did not begin until 1837, these registers are a key source of information about births, marriages and deaths before then
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