Records kept by a local church for events affecting parishioners, including births, baptisms, christenings; marriage intentions, banns, marriages; and deaths, burials.

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Does “Mr” in a marriage record indicate a minister? (Or, did Rev James Nasmyth marry Lady Gordinstoun?)

I have been trying to find out more about my 6xgreat-grandfather, James Naismith or Nasmyth. He was the vicar of Kirkcolm in 1684 according to the Fasti Ecclestiaca Scotiana (FES), and indeed he was ...
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Separating families with identical parents' names in the same parish in Norfolk, England from 1730-1760?

There are two individuals, both named William Lark, both married a woman named Mary. I'm quite convinced they are two different families, although they are probably related. They both had several ...
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Explaining major discrepancies between Bishop's Transcripts and Parish Registers?

Bishop's transcripts were copies of parish registers that were sent periodically to the diocesan bishop. In the past I have noticed minor discrepancies between parish registers and bishop's ...
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Was she really a Lark?

I'm looking at the marriage record for a Charles Bundy Lark. The information from Family Search reports the following: Name Charles Bunell Lark Spouse's Name Rebecca Moore Event Date 03 Mar ...
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Finding church / parish records for Kent?

Where may I access original baptism, marriage and burial records for Bexley, Bexleyheath and Sidcup? I am seventy six years old and live in Norfolk. I am able to access original online Norfolk ...
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Meaning of term “Alias” in parish baptism record

In the 1861 parish baptism record for a probable distant ancestor of mine it gives the parent surname for the baptism of Mary as "NORWOOD alias DOBBS". What precisely does this mean? I guess someone ...
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What is written after John Lark's name?

This snippet comes from Family Search and the parish of Trunch, Norfolk, England. I started looking at this record because I believe John Larke was married twice, once to an Elizabeth Vial, and a ...
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What could the numbers after an affidavit of a burial mean?

In the parish records for Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire, some of the early 18th-century records have an "aff." notation at the end of a burial record (Ancestry.com example). I presume that means that the ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Werdau, Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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List of Sacraments on Catholic Death Register doesn't include Marriage

Today in the mail I received a copy of the death register for Maryanna Zierak. The list of Sacraments includes Confirmation, Communion, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Why doesn't it ...
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How can I make it easier to read scans of records when the other side of the page bleeds through?

Sometimes the scans of parish registers and other old records show “bleed-through” from the other side of the page. Is there something I can do to make these images easier to read? Here are some ...
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Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?

I am researching the ancestors of Clementia Underhill, who married William Caldicott in 1703. According to her burial record from 1760, she was born in about 1675. I believe that she was the daughter ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

This image was clipped from a baptism register that is part of the Devon Parish records at Find My Past. These are baptisms performed in the Year 1888-9 at Slapton, St James the Greater (snippet is ...
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

In Evidence Explained on page 35-36, Elizabeth Shown Mills talks about the analysis of public records, e.g. events which are recorded in register books. She gives an an example a church register book ...
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Is the term “baptism” or “christening” more accurate in old parish registers?

Looking at Church of England parish registers from the 17th-18th centuries, some pages are titled "baptisms" while others "christenings". Now we use the terms more or less interchangeably, but would ...
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Why would FamilySearch.org index be showing a person's age in a marriage, if that's not in the Parish Record?

This problem is somewhat similar to an earlier question of mine, but the issue is more general than before. In one tree I am researching, I can find a marriage record for Nathaniel Claughton and ...
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Do any records of the building of the First Parish Church of Norwell exist?

The First Parish Church of Norwell has records back to 1642 and has scanned all of the church records to facilitate historical and genealogical research. See ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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How complete are the online databases for Manx parish records?

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 ...
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What does “privately baptised” mean in a Welsh parish register of 1799?

The parish register for St. Dogwells, Pembrokeshire has the following entry for 1799: There is no burial record in this or an adjacent parish church in Wales for an infant John James between 1799 ...