Parish records

Parish records are the most useful sources for discovering your family history before the 1800s. They’re basically birth, death and marriage records created in local churches — going right back to the time of Henry VIII.

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Manchester Records1758-1987

Search our Manchester Non-conformist Records, 1758-1987, for family members you can’t find in our parish records. The collection contains birth, marriage, and death records from non-conformist congregations – those from churches outside the Church of England.

Discover plenty of information for your tree, including relatives’ names, birth dates, parents’ names and jobs, when they married, where they lived, and when they died.

Updated: Surrey Parish 1538-1987

Our Surrey Parish collection now contains an extra 400,000 records, stretching from the 16th to the 20th century.

So if you’ve already looked here and couldn’t find your relative, try again now and you could be in luck! Search three collections – baptisms, marriages and burials – to trace more ancestors and find names, dates and much more.

Birmingham Parish1538-1964

The Birmingham Parish Records, 1538-1964, list the baptisms, marriages and burials recorded by the parish church during this time. These records are a vital source of new discoveries if you have family from the Birmingham area. They don’t just list names and events – they often contain extra information like occupations, addresses and parents’ names. Some vicars included notes and opinions too, so you might uncover some intriguing details about your family.

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London Parish Records1538-1980

Our London parish records are among the most popular collections on our site — not least because they cover such a huge percentage of the country’s population.

These baptism, marriage and burial registers provide a complete picture of life in our capital city over more than 400 years. Even if your family doesn’t come from London, it’s likely that at least a few members moved there in search of fame or fortune.

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Irish Catholic Registers1742-1884

Although the official Church of Ireland was Anglican in the 18th and 19th centuries, most people refused to conform. This means Catholic records are your best bet for tracing early births, marriages and deaths.

Split into baptism, marriage and burial records, these comprehensive registers reveal names, dates, places and often other family members. And because they date back before the Great Famine, you’ll find many ancestors who later fled the country for new homes abroad.

West Yorkshire Parish1512-1997

The great wool towns of West Yorkshire were among the first in England to join the machine age, and with the Industrial Revolution their populations swelled. Millions of people have roots in the area, and this collection will take you back through the generations.

The records provide details of over 8 million baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials. You can trace family lines through the booming 18th and 19th centuries, and all the way back beyond the Civil War.

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