Parish Records, Property Records and Census Records

After Wills, the next best sources of information are Parish records. The UK archived records available at the County archive offices include Parish records of Births Deaths and Marriages, including the Church Parish records and the Civil Parish records from 1837, and Census records on Microfilm. Most local records offices also store a number of useful property deeds and records. Also some family history researchers have generously made available their researches on the internet providing a transcript of the parish records that they have researched

Staffordshire records offices have an online catalogue service - The Gateway to the Past Online catalogue currently contains 45% of the Archive Service’s paper-based catalogues [the long-term goal is to create a comprehensive database of all the catalogues of the archive collections in the care of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and the William Salt Library, Stafford].

Collection catalogues available now :

Cheshire records offices run a similar service and other counties are following.

Listings of Parish names and locations may be obtained using a freeware program called Parish Locator [ from - the Parloc program may be downloaded here].

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds the largest listing of births and marriages derived from parish records generally referred to as the International Genealogical Index. This data base is searchable and hence forms a useful starting point when looking for a person [naturally it should be used with caution as transcription errors do occur so data should be checked against original records wherever possible].

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Rob Tomkinson October 2003