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The Parish Chest

The Parish Chest

Parish records include many documents other than parish registers which can also be very useful to the family historian.  These are known as “The Parish Chest”, after the large wooden chests in which all parish documents were once stored – the picture above shows an example of

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Searching Parish Registers

Searching Parish Registers

In order to trace your family tree beyond the 19th Century you will need to use the baptism, marriage and burial registers of the Church of England. even if your ancestors were Roman Catholic or Protestant Non-Conformists. There is no single online source for these records and

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The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register was taken on the 29 September 1939, just before the start of World War II, and the information was used as the basis for things like identity cards, rationing and conscription. It is an invaluable tool in bridging the gap between the 1911 census

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Vital Records

Vital records are birth, marriage and death (BMD) registrations, documented as certificates. These are key building blocks in tracing our family history.  The indexes to birth, marriage and death registrations not only allow us to find the references to obtain certificates but often give valuable information without

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