Parish Registers, A History and Guide

Stuart A Raymond, The Family History Partnership, 2009, A5, 64pp, ISBN 9781906280178

Parish registers are the bread, butter and cake for researching family history, and without them it would be almost impossible. This small but informative publication goes a long way to help you understand what you are looking at, what information you can find in the registers, and what changes (and why) have been made during their 470 year history. Associated documents and each of the all-important finding aids, such as indexes, have separate chapters. In addition to further reading there are numerous references to other publications in the text, and there are three indexes to places, personal names and subjects. This is an important publication for both beginners and most experienced historians.

Jean Debney

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