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Finding and Using Parish Registers in England & Wales


The records of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes where your ancestors lived remain the prime sources for researching your family history before 1837. Even after that date, with civil registration beginning, the parish registers held very useful details about a family.

The records are not always easy to find or use. Not all the records are online or even indexed. There’s no one single place to look for them.

In this talk, our Genealogist Else Churchill provides a useful grounding on how to find and how to use these vital records.


About the speaker:  Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society Genealogists in London and a has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist.

Formerly a professional genealogical librarian and researcher, Else has worked for the SoG since 1994. She now leads on external liaison, representation and communications; the Society's education and publishing programmes as well as being the Society's subject specialist.

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