English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch

Helen V. Smith
Apr 30, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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The Parish
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Vestry Minutes
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Poor Records
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Parish Constable
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Bastardy Records
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Quarter Session Records
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How to Access
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Announcements / prizes
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About this webinar

Most people are familiar with the baptism, marriage and burial records found in parish records but there are many other wonderful parish records that can help in genealogical research. These include Vestry minutes, Churchwarden Accounts, settlement certificates, examinations and removal orders, Parish poor rates and relief distribution, Parish apprenticeships, parish payments for work done within the parish, parish assisted emigration and more.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    A wonderful insight into what is available in Parish Records. Thank you to Helen, Geoff and Legacy.

    Amazing information so few people know about. Going to be so great. Already I have searched the Rathven, Scotland Parish and found my great grandfather who was illegitimate and am requesting that someone search for a record of his father. Yahoo!

    Came in late, so will watch again. Thank you so much from an Aussie downunder with mostly UK ancestors.

    excellent – so informative and easy to follow

    Excellent – so informative and interesting. I shall definitely be on the look out for future webinars by Helen Smith. Thank you from Australia.

    Excellent content and outstanding presentation.

    Excellent detailed presentation. Didn’t mention Tithe Maps (but how much can you fit into 1 hour?). A timely reminder of how much more than the BDM and census is out there to be examined.

    Excellent information at a more manageable speed than previously. Has given me lots of new avenues to explore

    Excellent presentation!

    Excellent speaker!

    Excellent Webinar

    Excellent. Easy to listen to and follow her explanations of the records.

    Fabulous information and detail. Nice to be able to ask questions afterwards. Helen is an engaging and interesting speaker. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Helen!

    Fantastic! I just bought a year membership again. Thank you Helen.

    Great content and syllabus as usual.

    Great ideas on where to look for ancestors across the pond.

    Great info

    Great information! Helen really knows her topic.

    Great presentation!!!

    Great speaker; very informative. Glad I attended!

    Great webinar thank you

    Have looked at Parish records for BDMs, but this gave me the incentive to search for FAR more!

    Helen has a wealth of knowledge which she shares

    Helen is an excellent presenter – always lots of information, clear explanations and speaks slowly.

    Helen is so knowledgeable on this topic – always a pleasure to listen and I learn something new every time.

    Helen piqued my interest in digging into those parish chests and reading the vestry minutes. Sounds like there were some real-life dramas.

    Helen presents a very informative and helpful talk. Excellent!

    Helen provided information today that I was not previously aware of – Parish Chest and Parish Maps on FamilySearch. So thanks Helen.

    I have a lot of English relatives and the info I got from this webinar was most helpful and makes me excited to follow up on tips Helen provided.

    I learned a lot about English Parish Records. Helen Smith used great examples as she touched on different kinds of records that can be found. I am glad I tuned in. Excellent!!

    INTERESTING new stuff to put to use. Thanks for having Helen.

    Interesting to hear about all the other contents of the Parish Chest AND where to find them. Thank you.

    It is a pity that I have no relatives in England, an incredible amount of information and documents.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    it was brilliant with so much information that i now need to look into. thanks for this webinar

    It was fun to find out that there is so much more information available! Thanks.

    It was outstanding. She gave a lot of information. I will have to watch it again.

    Learned about so many other resources to use from Parish records. Thank you.

    Learnt so much. It’s not often so much new (to me) source material is presented in one place.

    Lots of great information!

    Lots of great information. Thank you!

    Most enjoyable and enlightening!!

    Most informative just have to make more time to look into all the information given.

    Opened eyes

    Outstanding presentation and presenter. Thanks for the quality.

    Really interesting and hopefully will be useful. Like the presenter very much.

    Really interesting webinar about the contents of and how to find Parish Records. Very valuable research guide and interesting presentation.

    She gave a lot of good information concerning records I hadn’t been aware of & what types of genealogy information that might be found in them.

    She was so informative – but it was late when the webinar came on and I need to get up early. I will be watching this again -probably 2 or 3 times as I didn’t realize the parish chest was such a treasure trove for the genealogist! So much new information for me.

    So much information and very well presented – clear and logical. Helen is a great speaker.

    so much information given. thank you

    Super presentation

    Thanks for the tips on where to find Parish Records!

    This was so comprehensive. Thank you, Helen.

    Very Good

    Very good!

    Very Good, great speaker – wish all my parishes had Vestry minutes

    very informative

    very informative

    Very informative about Records in England. A great look at types of records. Many of which we do not have here in America. It was a broad look at understanding how to research across the pond. Thank you so very much for your expertise.

    Very informative, this was an excellent information source which shows how to bridge the gap for the lack of information in vital records in some of the early years and how it can be supplemented by a great amount through the parish chest records

    Very informative. Great speaker

    Very interesting material. I’m also looking for ancestors in Wales and happy to understand their records will be very similar to England. Thank you

    Wonderful helpful information from Helen Smith. Lots of concepts I did not know about. Thank you!

    Wonderful webinar on parish records in England.


    Wonderful. Tons of information and greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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