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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Searching databases for ancestors with aliases?

I have a probable ancestor about whom I know very little, except for the fact that he used an alias and he is mentioned in his father-in-law's will. The two names are quite common - something along ...
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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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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 ...