Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Ancestry adds English and Welsh nonconformist records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a new collection, England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970. The records are sourced from three National Archives held sets of General Register Office images, noted on the site as follows:

General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 4. The National Archives, Kew, England.

General Register Office: Birth Certificates from the Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist Registry and from the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry. Digitized images. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 5. The National Archives, Kew, England.

General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, and other registers and church records in the Protectorates of Africa and Asia. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 8. The National Archives, Kew, England.

A brief description:

"This collection is mainly comprised of birth, marriage, and death registers from non-conformist congregations and churches in England and Wales that were turned over to the Registrar General following the Non-Parochial Register Act of 1840 and a later request in 1857. It also includes non-parochial registers from the Church of England at St Petersburg, Chelsea and Greenwich Hospitals, and registers from burial grounds and non-denominational cemeteries. You’ll also find Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist birth certificates. Details found in the records will vary depending on the event and the time period."

These images have for several years previously been available only at TheGenealogist.co.uk and BMDRegisters.co.uk - these sites also host RG6 (Quakers), RG7 (Fleet Prison), RG32-RG38 (overseas GRO records), and BT158-BT160 (Registers of Shipping and Seamen).

To search the records visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2972

Chris

My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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