Accessing Parish Records – Record Offices

If you have not been able to find the parish records you need in any other place, you may need to do some old-fashioned searching. Fortunately, that is easier than it used to be with the GENUKI website. The name comes from ‘Genealogy of the UK and Ireland.’

Start off at the GENUKI main page. It displays a map of the British Isles divided into 6 jurisdictions. Click on the country you need.

On the new page, click on the county you need records for. The counties are shown on a map with the historical county boundaries. You should be able to find the county by the 3-digit Chapman code, even if you do not know anything about British geography. The codes for the county names used since 1974 are not used on the GENUKI site. Also, the code for London (LDN) is for the City of London, not for a wider area.

The new page shows the position of the county within the country, with variousro_2categories on the left and right sides of the screen. On the left-hand side, select Church Records. This takes you to the section with information on parish records. In the case of Gloucestershire, for example, it includes information on non-conformist churches, Quaker records, and so forth, as well as links to other sites that may hold parish register copies, such as the Society of Genealogists.

And I cannot finish this post without mentioning the Federation of Family History Societies. Their site is well worth a look, as is theirro_3Really Useful North American Information Leaflet 2018.’

Once you have the basic information in hand, you can contact the local record office in advance of your visit to check that records will be available when you visit, or have somebody else visit on your behalf.

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