03 March 2009

KDGS English Research news

Hello Everyone and happy hunting.  Marlene

Here are the websites Claire mentioned at Mondays meeting for finding English Parish Registers online:

1.   Find My Pastwww.findmypast.com; hosts the Federation of Family History Society's baptism, marriage and burial transcriptions for most English counties (not complete) plus the National Burial Index; basic indexes are free; subscription or credit purchase required to access search results

2.   FamilySearchwww.familysearch.org; 1.  International Genealogical Index (IGI), index of baptisms & marriages (not complete); 2.  Family Search Record Pilot, transcriptions with some digitized images of English Parish Registers; free site

3.   IGI Batch Search Sitehttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers.htm; allows you to search individual parishes and also to see what dates and parishes the IGI covers; free site

4.   The Genealogistwww.thegenealogist.co.uk; 1.  Non-conformist Parish Registers for England: including Quakers, Protestant dissenters such as Baptists or Methodists, some Catholics and followers of foreign churches and other registers (such as Clandestine Marriages, Lying-In Hospital), transcriptions plus digital images; 2.  Parish Records Transcripts:  not a wide range of places featured; 3.  Parish Records Printed Books:  Phillimore's Marriage Indexes for several English counties but not all parishes within; subscription or pay-as-you-go for as little as £5 down

5.   Online Parish Clerk Projectswww.opc-dorset.com; features links to all the participating English counties at the bottom of their homepage; transcriptions of Parish Registers & Bishop's Transcripts; free site

6.   Ancestrywww.ancestry.co.uk; 1.  Parish & Probate Records Collection has some Parish Register transcriptions for some English Counties; 2.  Pallot's Marriage & Baptism Index, 1780-1837 (limited information for many English Parishes); 3.  Ancestry Card Catalogue search will reveal many more parish register transcriptions; free search; subscription needed to access results – KDGS Library @ $2 per hour

7.   British Originswww.origins.net; 1.  Boyd's Marriage Index, 1538-1830; 2.  St. Andrew Holborn Marriages, 1754-1812; 3.  London Burials Index, 1538-1853; free search; subscription needed to access results (as little as £6.50)

8.   Other Online Parish Register Transcriptions:  find these through: 1.  English GenWeb, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engwgw/; 2.  GENUKI, www.genuki.org.uk; 3.  Cyndi's List, www.cyndislist.com; 4.  Google Search:  www.google.ca, <name of county and/or parish> "parish register" [OR] "bishops transcripts" England (i.e. Dorset Beaminster "parish register" England); most sites will be free

9.   If all else fails and to verify transcriptions and indexes:  1.  order films in from the Family History Library; see the "Family History Library Catalog" on the FamilySearch website above (small fee to order films); 2.  If the FHL has not filmed the registers you need, contact the relevant English County Record Office (CRO) as they often have transcriptions and can do a quick look-up or provide you with photocopies for a fee; find Record Offices through the ARCHON directory, www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon

10.                Tip:  Make a chart or spreadsheet for each parish of interest, enter coverage dates of surviving Parish Registers & Bishop's Transcripts (see Phillimore's Atlas & Index of Parish Registers available at the KDGS Library); coverage of IGI; microfilms available from the FHL and coverage dates; coverage in the above mentioned websites.  This will allow you to search all available online records and then fill in the gaps by either ordering in the film from the FHL or contacting the relevant CRO

GOOD LUCK!!