Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
Ancestry.com. Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.Original data: Parish Registers for Nottinghamshire. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England: Nottinghamshire Archives.
About Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
General collection information
This collection includes Church of England parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials between 1538 and 1812 from the historic county of Nottinghamshire, England.
Parish records—primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials—were the first sets of vital records kept. Before civil registration began in 1837, key events in a person's life were typically recorded by the church, rather than the government. Dating back to the 16th century, parish records have become some of the longest running records available.
Using this collection
This collection may include the following details:
Date and place of birth
Marriage or banns details
Date and place of death and burial
Names of parents
Name of spouse
Parish records are some of the best resources you can use in tracing your family roots. These records were taken by church officials to mark important milestones in people's lives. They often include information about other family members such as parents, making it easy to jump back an additional generation in your family tree with a single record.
Banns were church announcements of a couple's intention to get married. This gave time for the parish to submit objections. Banns may also list whether a person had been previously married.
Collection in context
When Henry VIII established the Church of England, he mandated parishes to keep handwritten records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Beginning in 1598, clergy were required to send copies of their parish registers to the bishop of their diocese. These copies are known as Bishop's Transcripts and are useful in cases where original records are unreadable or no longer exist.
The Lord Hardwicke Marriage Act of 1753 established a separate register for marriages and required that marriages be performed only in Anglican churches.
In 1812, George Rose's Act called for pre-printed registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardising records.