Before the start of civil registration parish registers are the building blocks for building your family tree. As more and more parish registers become available online it is easy to think such research is straightforward, but is it? In the first session Karen focuses on the details of parish register research, looking at how legislation and historical events affected the keeping of parish registers and their content. She will also spend some time looking at best search strategies to ensure that you get the most from your searches and what other records may be available.
However, parish registers weren’t the only records maintained by the Church. From around the same time as the beginning of parish registers the parish took on civil responsibilities, including law and order, upkeep of the poor and maintenance of the highways. All of these activities generated records, which were housed in the parish chest. In the second part of this half day course Karen considers the wealth of documentary sources that may add colour to your family tree, including the records of the parish officers, settlement and removal records, bastardy records and parish apprenticeships.
2pm - Parish registers
3:15 - tea break
3:30 - Parish chest records
4:45 - Q&A / finish
With Karen Cummings, professional genealogist and tutor with Pharos Tutoring and the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS).
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