Family History: Parish Registers - online course

Ref: C3679688

Taking your family tree back beyond 1837 isn't always easy as there are fewer records available and the cross-referencing evidence is limited. The main resource for tracing people in this earlier period is Church material in particular Parish Registers which are the best known records once kept in the Parish Chest. Then of course not everyone wanted to go to the Parish Church. Our course will expand your knowledge of sources and skills to extend family history research back beyond the introduction of Civil Registration and Census records. We will sample and experience a variety of Parish Registers, understand where to look for them and develop the ability to read them!

Course aim

To expand knowledge of sources and skills to extend family and local history research back beyond the introduction of Civil Registration and Census records. To understand and experience Parish Records along with some of their contemporary records.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List the three essential sources which are the key stepping stones needed to develop a family tree with relevant dates of expected coverage
  • Explain the different layout stages of Parish Registers including the changes from two major Acts of Parliament, naming and dating these
  • Use a contemporary map and place description to highlight the location of Churches with which family members may have been associated
  • Demonstrate where Parish Registers of interest are held and advise if these are available online
  • Itemise at four other records, maybe linked to the Church's location, which could provide additional information to expand Parish Register information

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Online Guides will be covered. Optional reading: Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records; Tracing Your Church of England Ancestors; Tracing Your Non-Conformist Ancestors - Stuart Raymond. Other publications available! Voucher for some Pen & Sword publications available via Canvas to students.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Family History: Parish Registers - online course

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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