English Parish Register Guide 2018-02-08T10:32:25+00:00

The English Parish Register Guide with Archive & Family History Society Directory

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How to find English parish registers using this link table:

If you are visiting an archive in person, click the link for the website of your county to see details of collections, opening times, appointment procedure etc.

If you are researching online start with Family Search as these records are free. If your county is not listed here, check the other English records that they hold here.

Some archives (like Essex) have a complete set of parish registers available online for a fee. See their websites for what is available.

The main record sets held by the subscription sites Ancestry,  FindMyPast  and  The Genealogist are shown in the table.

Another option is to visit the Family History Society website for the county you are interested in. These links are shown in the table. Some societies have online databases and most of them have shops where you can buy discs containing transcriptions of records for specific parishes.

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County Physical Archive Family History Society Family Search Collection Ancestry Collection FindMyPast Collection The Genealogist Collection
Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service Bedfordshire FHS * * * Bedfordshire
Berkshire Berkshire Record Office Berkshire FHS * * * Berkshire
Buckinghamshire Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies Buckinghamshire FHS  * Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records * Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire Archives Cambridgeshire FHS England, Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1599-1860 Cambridgeshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records * Cambridgeshire
Cheshire Cheshire Archives & Local Studies Family History Society of Cheshire England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 Cheshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Baptisms 1538-1911 Cheshire
Cornwall Cornwall Record Office Cornwall FHS * Cornwall, England, Parish Registers, 1538-2010 Cornwall Baptisms  Cornwall
Cumberland Cumbria Archive Service Cumbria FHS * * * Cumberland
Derbyshire Derbyshire Record Office Derbyshire FHS England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910 Derbyshire
Devon Devon Archives Devon FHS England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 Devon, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records Devon Baptisms Devon
Dorset Dorset History Centre Somerset & Dorset FHS England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936 Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Dorset Baptisms Dorset
Durham Durham County Record Office Northumberland & Durham FHS * Diocese of Durham, England, Bishops’ Transcripts, ca. 1639-1919 Northumberland and Durham Baptisms Durham
Essex Essex Record Office Essex Society for Family History England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 Essex, England, Select Church of England Parish Registers, 1518-1960 Essex Baptism Index 1538-1917 Essex
Gloucestershire Gloucestershire Archives Gloucestershire FHS * Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813 Gloucestershire Baptisms Gloucestershire
Hampshire Hampshire Record Office Hampshire Genealogical Society England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 Hampshire, England, Extracted Parish Records Hampshire Baptisms Hampshire
Herefordshire Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre Herefordshire FHS * * Herefordshire Baptisms Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Archives Hertfordshire FHS * Hertfordshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records Hertfordshire Baptisms Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire Huntingdonshire Archives Huntingdonshire FHS * Huntingdonshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1559-1836 Huntingdonshire Burials Huntingdonshire
Kent Kent Archives Kent FHS England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 Kent, England, Tyler Index to Parish Registers, 1538-1874 Kent Baptisms Kent
Lancashire Lancashire Archives Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910 Lancashire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 * Lancashire
Leicestershire Leicestershire Record Office Leicestershire & Rutland FHS * Leicestershire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records Leicestershire Baptisms Leicestershire
Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Archives Lincolnshire FHS England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 Lincolnshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records Lincolnshire Baptisms Lincolnshire
London London Metropolitan Archives London Westminster & Middlesex FHS * London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931 Greater London Burial Index London
Middlesex London Borough Local Studies Centres West Middlesex FHS England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 Middlesex, England, Extracted Parish Records Middlesex Baptisms 1543-1876 Middlesex
Norfolk Norfolk Record Office Norfolk FHS England, Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts, 1685-1941 Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 Norfolk Baptisms Norfolk
Northamptonshire Northamptonshire Record Office Northamptonshire FHS * Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812 Northamptonshire Burials Northamptonshire
Northumberland Tyne & Wear Archives Northumberland & Durham FHS * * Northumberland and Durham Baptisms Northumberland
Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire Archives Nottinghamshire FHS * Nottinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1837 Nottinghamshire Baptisms Index 1538-1917 Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire History Centre Oxfordshire FHS * Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812 Oxfordshire Marriage Bonds 1634-1849 Oxfordshire
Rutland Leicestershire Record Office Leicestershire & Rutland FHS * * Rutland Baptisms Rutland
Shropshire Shropshire Archives Shropshire FHS * Shropshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1812 Shropshire Baptisms Shropshire
Somerset Somerset Archives and Local Studies Somerset & Dorset FHS * Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812 Somerset Baptism Index Somerset
Staffordshire Staffordshire Archives The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944 Staffordshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1839 Staffordshire Baptisms Staffordshire
Suffolk Suffolk Record Office Suffolk FHS * Suffolk, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1850 Suffolk Baptism Index 1538-1911 Suffolk
Surrey (East) Surrey History Centre East Surrey FHS England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992 Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 * Surrey
Surrey (West) Surrey History Centre West Surrey FHS England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992 Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 * Surrey
Sussex (East) East Sussex Record Office Sussex Family History Group England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 * Sussex Burials Sussex
Sussex (West) West Sussex Record Office Sussex Family History Group England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 * Sussex Burials Sussex
Warwickshire Warwickshire County Record Office Nuneaton & North Warwickshire FHS England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 Warwickshire Baptisms Warwickshire
Westmorland Cumbria Archive Service Cumbria FHS * * * Westmorland
Wiltshire Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Wiltshire FHS * Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Wiltshire Baptisms Index 1530-1917 Wiltshire
Worcestershire Worcestershire Archives The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry * Worcestershire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records * Worcestershire
Yorkshire East Riding East Riding Archives East Yorkshire FHS * Yorkshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1837 Yorkshire Baptisms Yorkshire
Yorkshire North Riding North Yorkshire County Records Office Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies * Yorkshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1837 Yorkshire Baptisms Yorkshire
Yorkshire West Riding West Yorkshire Archive Service Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies * West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812 Yorkshire Baptisms Yorkshire
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