census and official records of birth, marriage and death do not
go back as far as parish records so these are a valuable resource
that could extend your research back to the time of King Henry VIII.
In 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.
Thousands of Parishes Online and Growing
We transcribe original parish records and produce searchable databases
of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials. Where granted permission, we
also make the image of the original page available with the transcript.
Many Family History Societies have agreements with us whereby these
records are part of your subscription.
The Phillimore 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
you're researching. Most of the Phillimore transcripts are of marriages
and the complete collection are available here.
Other transcripts are published by groups 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.
All of our Parish Records can be searched with ease.