So far I have found two online sources for parish records from the Isle of Man.
- The Manx National Museum’s “iMuseum”
- FamilySearch.org’s transcription of Isle of Man Parish Registers
There seem to be gaps in both sources, but the supporting documentation at neither site discusses what gaps might be in the records. My 3*great-grandmother, Catherine Oates, turns up in the 1851 and 1861 Censuses with my 3*great-grandfather, Daniel Keig, at their farm in Ballaugh, and I can find her first marriage and her burial in parish records, but I can’t find either her christening or her marriage to Daniel. There is a christening of a Catherine Oates in Bradden parish in 1795, but as both Censuses list her as being born in Peel, I think it’s unlikely to be her. Bradden is on the wrong side of the island.
There is a CD mentioned over at the Manx notebook, but its parish records for German parish, where Peel is, seem to stop at 1775 for baptisms. This makes me wonder if the online databases have substantial gaps. Is there any way to find out how complete these – or indeed any other 18th and 19th century parish record transcriptions – might be?