World Archives Project: York, Yorkshire, England, St. Michael le Belfrey Parish Register, 1565-1653

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About this project The parish of St. Michael le Belfrey is located in the City of York next to York Minster. This collection contains the parish registers of St. Michael le Belfrey from 1565 to 1653. The parish registers are comprised of all the baptisms, marriages, and burials that occurred within the parish. Baptismal records generally at least list the date of the baptism, the name of the child being baptized, and the name of the father. Marriage records generally list the date of the marriage and the bride's and groom's names. Burial records generally list the date of the burial and the name of the deceased individual. Sometimes these records will contain other pieces of information as well. Parish records can be wonderful sources of genealogical information. They become increasingly valuable when civil vital records are either inaccessible or nonexistent.

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Project Instructions This collection contains the parish registers of St. Michael le Belfrey from 1565 to 1653. The parish registers are comprised of all the baptisms, marriages, and burials that occurred within the parish. Baptismal records generally list the date of the baptism, the name of the child being baptized, and the name of the father. Marriage records generally list the date of the marriage and the bride's and groom's names. Burial records generally list the date of the burial and the name of the deceased individual. Sometimes these records will contain other pieces of information as well.

Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen. Key all information available for each record. Do not key from the "Curatio" section.

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Register



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Event Type

Key the event type as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Event type may be found every time a new section of "Christenings," "Baptisms," "Weddings" or "Burials" begins. The Event type is typically located at the top of a section either above or to the left of the event year. Key a new section for each event type. If you cannot identify which event type you are keying, leave this field blank. The “Marriage” event type should be keyed for the “Weddings” section.”

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. The primary name is located at the beginning or far left of a record and is typically in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.The primary name is located at the beginning or far left of a record and is typically in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The primary name is located at the beginning or far left of a record and is typically in given-surname format. When the surname of the primary person is not present, surname may be logically copied from either a parent or spouse.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. The primary name is located at the beginning or far left of a record and is typically in given-surname format.

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Gender

Key the gender in its full form using the dictionary provided for assistance. Gender may be determined based off the various spellings of "son of (to)", "daughter of (to)", etc., or by gender specific prefixes. On marriage records, key Male for the Primary person and Female for the spouse, unless the name suggests otherwise. If gender cannot be determined, leave this field blank.

Event Day

Key the day from the event date as seen on the record. Event day and month is typically found at the end of a record in day-month format.

A Latin numerals dictionary has been provided to assist in keying the day.

Event Month

Key the month in its three-letter abbreviation from the event date using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the month appears as a number, key as seen. Event day and month is typically found at the end of a record in day-month format.

Event Year

Key the year from the event date as seen on the record. Event year is typically found at the beginning of a section of "Christenings," "Baptisms," "Weddings" or "Burials" underneath or to the right of the event type. In rare cases, the event year may be found with the day and month at the end of a record in day-month-year format.

Spouse Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field. Spouse name may typically be found directly following the name of the primary person (or groom) and should be in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods. Spouse name may typically be found directly following the name of the primary person (or groom) and should be in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Spouse name may typically be found directly following the name of the primary person (or groom) and should be in given-surname format. When the surname of the spouse is not present, surname may be logically copied from the parent if present. 

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Spouse Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Spouse name may typically be found directly following the name of the primary person (or groom) and should be in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Parent Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the parent of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods. Parent name is typically preceded by the words "son of (to)" or "daughter of (to)" and should be in given-surname format.

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Parent Surname

Key the surname of the parent of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Parent name is typically preceded by the words "son of (to)" or "daughter of (to)" and should be in given-surname format. When the surname of the parent is not present, surname may be logically copied from the primary person or the spouse of the primary person if present and in the proper context. 

Note: Spelling in this project is not standardized and should be keyed exactly as seen.

Event Age

Key the age as seen at the time the record was recorded. If present, age may be found next to the word "Age" or "Aged" and should be a number between 1 and 120.

Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120" and fractions between "1/12" and "11/12." If an age includes years, months, and/or days key only the years. For example, if an age appears as 10 years, 7 months, key age as "10." If an age appears in months, such as 10 months, key age as a fraction: "10/12." If an Age includes years plus a fraction, such as 3 3/12, key only the year: "3." If the age is less than one month, key "0."

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Index



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Cover page, Section header, etc



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Image with no data



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