Parish Records Now Available Online

Posted on: 11 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Access to millions of nationwide parish baptism, marriage and burial records have been published and released online.


UK family history website findmypast.com has added the parish records from over 1,000 parishes across Britain to its existing collection of online family history records offering online access to baptism, marriage and burial records dating back as far as 1538.

Over 15 million parish burial records and memorial inscriptions are available now, and 7 million baptism, marriage and probate records will be made available online later this year. 

The parish records collection brings together in one easy-to-search central place, the disparate records from local parishes, which have been collated by local family history societies since 1911, coordinated by the Federation of Family History Societies.

The registers are particularly valuable sources of information for people seeking to research their family tree back further than the civil records of birth, marriage and death, which began in 1837, and the nineteenth century censuses.

Complementing the National Burial Index, complete registration of Death Indexes as well as the Deceased Online database, the parish burial registers are a source of information for family historians and genealogists looking to discover details about their ancestors. Key dates, relatives of the deceased and the place of abode are all available online.

Thanks to the search facility, you will also be able to search for your ancestor by surname across all the parish records on the site without needing to know where in the country they came from. 

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Search for your ancestors at www.findmypast.com

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