census and official records of birth, marriage and death do not go back
as far as parish records.
1538 Thomas Cromwell the Vicar General to King Henry VIII declared that
all marriages, christenings and burials should be recorded; normally these
are kept at the Parish Church. In 1598 an Act was passed that meant these
records should be copied and sent to the bishop, these are known as Bishop's
transcripts of parish records go back as far as 1538 for some.
W.P. Phillimore was a genealogist who started the job of publishing transcripts
of early parish records in the 1890. These normally end in 1812 or 1837
for the range of years covered you will need to look at the details for
the county your researching. Most of the Phillimore transcripts are of
marriages and have been published on CD by S&N.
are published by societies or individuals. We have published these parish records when
permitted to do so or when the records are out of copyright. We are always
looking to increase the range of these publications.
Dwelly's transcribed Bishop's Transcripts for parishes whose records, covering
the Somerset area, no longer exist. These are now published by S&N
W.P. Phillimore published transcripts of early parish records in the 1890's. These normally start from 1538 and end in 1812 or 1837. For the range of years covered you will need to look at the details for the county you're researching. Most of the Phillimore transcripts are of marriages and have been published on CD by S&N.
These transcriptions are taken from the actual parish records, B.Ts. & FETs. available at the County Records Office, Truro, Cornwall. They cover many parishes in Cornwall, including St Austell, Liskeard, Falmouth, Helston, and many more.
Cornish marriages and cornish burials are also available.
Wide range of Parish Records
We have a huge selection of parish records, and are always looking to make more available.
Our parish records include titles such as: Clandestine Marriages in the Chapel and Rules of the Fleet Prison 1680-1754, Northumberland, Tynemouth Registers Volume 1 & Volume 2, and Dwelly's Bishop's Transcripts.