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To look for records from a particular parish


  • To look for parish records


    To avoid having to wade through all the GRO births, it is possible to search for parish records sets without them.

    To search across more than one record set, you have to go to the category search page and add the record sets to your search.

    To find out what is available, there are two places:

    1. Look for the Special Collections

    They are found under Search all records on the green menu.

    Special collections This page lists each individual record set.The links take you to their specific search pages.

    2. Search for the name of a county in the A-Z index.

    The A-Z records is accessed from the green menu, and also most search pages, and is just a search page which will show you what is available and will take you to the individual search pages for every record set in the system.

    You can type the name of the county to see if there any records and they will be listed. Again, the links you see are to the specific search pages for individual records sets.

    Example: Searching across records from Kent.

    There is a Special collection for Canterbury and several different record sets from different parts of Kent.

    To search them all at once. you need to go to the category page, Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records.

    1. Click on Browse record sets and type Kent into the search box. All the records with Kent in their title will come up. Tick all those you want and press Apply filters.
    2. Click on Browse record sets and type Canterbury into the search box. All the records with Canterbury in their title will come up. Tick all those you want and press Apply filters.

    All the filters you chose will appear UNDER the box. If you want to remove any, then press the cross.

    You can see from the results that there are records from several record sets. Some of the records have image and transcription, some just a transcription.
    You can order the results as you wish by using the drop down menu.


    Example: Odiham in Hampshire

    1. Select Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    2. Put the name of the parish in the optional keywords field
    3. Click on Browse Record set
    4. Start typing Hampshire into the search box
    5. Tick the record sets you want
    6. Press Apply filters
    7. The filters you selected appear UNDER the box.
    8. Add names or dates if you want to and press the blue search button.

    HINT: As a last name was not specified in this search, the results have come up in alphabetical order of Last name then First Name.
    To get them into date order, you can use the drop down menu and select Event.

    TIP: This will show you the earliest date coverage for the parish. If you reverse it to Event descending you will see the latest date covered.

    HINT: To add non-conformist records to your search, browse record sets and type "non-" or "conform" into the filter search box

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