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I decided to perform a little experiment with some data from the relatively small parish of Caunton, Nottinghamshire. The baptism register from 1785 to 1812 reliably recorded the date of birth. During this period there were 354 baptisms, of which 341 had a plausible birth date recorded (a small number were illegible or impossible [i.e. baptised before born])....


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I have mentioned this very interesting volume in another answer: Population Studies from Parish Registers, a selection of readings from Local Population Studies, edited by Michael Drake (Local Population Studies, 1982, ISBN 0 9503951 7 X). It contains 8 papers with detailed statistical analysis of age at baptism. They cover parishes in London, Liverpool, ...


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In the Church of England the term Baptism refers to a ceremony at which an individual makes a conscious decision to accept the ways of the Church and is so accepted by the Church. As an infant cannot make such a decision, the ceremony of Christening represents the acceptance into the Church of the infant and the vows of the Godparents to bring it up in the ...


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What scheme are you using to assess your sources? A baptism record from a website would be considered Primary Derivative Direct according to Elizabeth Shown Mills assessment scheme which is widely used. Re gaps, you can only rely on the coverage information from the various providers (and some testing because not all providers are entirely accurate about ...


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I struggled with this for some time, and managed to use both without any kind of consistency so that some people in my database had Baptism events and others had Christening events, but in the end I decided that I would just standardise on Baptism and went through fixing up my database to use that for everybody. I can't remember exactly how I decided which ...


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Great question. Anglican Church structure is ancient and bewildering. A lot is shared with Catholic structure. It's important for genealogists because many personal records (birth, death, marriage) were kept by the parish church and not the state prior to the 19th C, unless legal actions (land, tax, crime) were involved. Parish is geographical territory, ...


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