The parish was the center of the world Before 1834 the parish wasthe both the civil andecclesiastical center of life.
Parish Registers• Recording christenings, marriages and burials went into effect in 1538.• There are just over 1,000 ancient parishes (created before 1813) but only 71 have records that survive before 1600.• Many parishes have no registers before 1754.
Key Dates• 1538 Order to begin recording christenings, marriages and burials• 1538 – 1732 expect registers in Latin• 1698 – 1703 some events not registered to avoid taxation• 1752 the first day of the year is changed from 25 March to 1 January
Key Dates• 1754 separate, pre-printed forms used to record marriages• 1597 – 1917 Bishop’s transcripts• 1783-1794 Stamp Act taxed all registrations• 1813 printed forms used for christenings & burials• 1837 parishes use the same form for marriages as civil registration
ChristeningsChristenings often show:• child’s given name• Father’s name• Mother’s nameSometimes included:• Family residence such as the village, street or farm name• Father’s occupation