Source Information

Ancestry.com. Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919 [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, 1813-1919

General collection information

This collection includes Church of England parish registers of baptisms between 1813 and 1919 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:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Sex assigned at birth
  • Names of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Parish name
  • 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.

    Baptismal records can be a great source of information to help trace your ancestors, especially since children were usually baptised within a few days or weeks of being born.

    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.

    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.

    Bibliography

    "Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837." Ancestry Blog. 11 April 2014. Accessed 16 February 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/blog/uk-parish-registers-and-you.