Parish Register Extracts

There are some obvious sources of Parish Registers :

Family Search - the LDS website, which is free to search, but by no means comprehensive, and has only extracts and not the original registers, unless you are able to visit an LDS Centre.

Ancestry - Has parish records for some areas, pay to view

Find My Past - Again, some parish records, pay to view.

Both Ancestry and Find My Past are available in local libraries in the UK free of charge.

This page aims to detail resources which are free to search and available at home.


 

General notes on parish register extracts

One very simple comment here.

Nobody's perfect.  Whilst every effort has been made to make these extracts as accurate as possible, there is no substitute for looking at the Parish Registers themselves for certainty.  Again, this is just a start, and will be added to as more records become available.

Prior to 1813, occupation was not generally recorded on baptism records, so any Baptism data here will take that into account.

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John Roberts Waterways Index

Snail mail only

Send a 9 x 4 inch SAE to :-

John Roberts, 52 St Andrews Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6UH

No fee, but donations are welcome.

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Freereg

The new Freereg site is www.freereg.org.uk/search_queries/new

Free to search, and full of useful data, and improving all the time, as new data is added.  Links to Freecen and FreeBMD.

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OPC Project

Online Parish Clerks' Project.  Coverage across the country is variable, but it is worth checking to see if the area you want is covered.  I have found the Lancashire records particularly useful.

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St Leonards, Bilston
St Leonard's

Baptisms at St Leonard's in Bilston from 1813 to 1837.

 

St Leonards, Bilston (91kb)

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St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne
Wombourne Church

Wombourne baptisms from 1813 to 1830.

Much help here from the folk at the Staffordshire rootsweb mailing list with some of the place names, including the information that Heath Forge was a hammer mill which stood at the confluence of the Wem and Smestow brooks.  Also a link to a pre 1850 map of Wombourn.

I'm told that in the longer term, pre 1850 maps for many of the Staffordshire parishes will be made available.

 

Baptisms St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne (65kb)

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Wolverhampton
wolverhampton child

Parish register extracts for boat families in Wolverhampton (the Norman Holt index)  are available to download  on the London Canal Museum website. (see Links page for details).  Alternatively, information from the parish registers is available from website wolverhamptonhistory.org.uk, though this database is not boatman specific like the Holt one.

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Brentford

Listing of baptisms at Brentford to those who worked on the waterways, extracted from the Brentford Parish Registers by Peter Stuart.

www.bhsproject.co.uk/index_baptisms_water_ps.shtml

Also photos of Brentford Locks, and other interesting material for anyone whose family lived and worked in the area.

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Cityark

Parish registers for a number of the Medway parishes.  These are digitised copies of the original registers,but have no formal search engine, so it is a case of trawling through the relevant documents to find the material rather than being led directly to it.  Includes records from Chatham, Gravesend and Rochester.

The website is cityark.medway.gov.uk/  Choose "Parish registers online" for a list of available parishes.

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River Severn Parishes

The William Good index.  Extracts from the parish registers of a number of parishes in the area around Tewkesbury. 

William Good index