Parish Registers for Family History
Start date: 6th Oct 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Duration: 5 weeks
Tutor: Jackie Depelle
Course code: AU21049
This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate students.
Note: the course will run on the following dates:
6th and 13th October 2021 and the 3, 10 and 17 November 2021
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. 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 your ability to read them!
To understand the three essential sources which are the key stepping stones needed to develop a family tree with relevant dates
Develop a thorough understanding of the pre-1837 Parish Register systems to record Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Appreciate where Parish Registers are deposited, use Research Guides and find if they are online
Use maps and place descriptions to highlight the location of Churches with which family members may have been associated
Gain confidence in reading old handwriting through sampling Parish Chest material
This course will be held on zoom.