Tracing Your Church of England Ancestors

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

Stuart A Raymond

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
40 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473890640
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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In his latest handbook on the records of the major Christian religions, Stuart Raymond focuses on the Church of England. He identifies the available sources, comments on their strengths and weaknesses and explains how to make the best use of them. The history of the Church of England is covered, from the Reformation in the mid-sixteenth century until the present day. Anyone who has a family connection with the Church of England or a special interest in the local history of the church will find his book to be a mine of practical information and an essential aid for their research.

A sequence of short, accessible chapters gives an insight into the relevant records and demonstrates how much fascinating genealogical information can be gleaned from them. After providing a brief history of the Church of England, and a description of its organization, Stuart Raymond explores the wide range of records that researchers can consult. Among them are parish registers, bishops transcripts, marriage licenses, churchwardens accounts, vestry minutes, church magazines, tithe records and the records of the ecclesiastical courts and Anglican charities and missions.

A wealth of research material is available and this book is the perfect introduction to it.

About The Author

Stuart Raymond was formerly librarian of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. He is an experienced family and local historian, and an expert on the history of wills and local records. Among his most recent publications are The Wills of Our Ancestors, Tracing Your Ancestors in County Records and Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors. He has also published a wide variety of other handbooks, web directories and library guides for family and local historians.


"There are some parish records available for research on the main genealogy sites, but it is a safe bet that most are still housed within the confines of the various CofE churches and their offices. Stuart Raymond's excellent books suggests various ways of getting at this vital information."

- Books Monthly

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