Parish records are the most useful sources for discovering your family history before the 1800s. They’re basically birth, death and marriage records created in local churches — going right back to the time of Henry VIII.
Surrey’s people have always enjoyed the finer aspects of London life. Our Surrey Parish Records, 1538-1987, let you trace your family tree through the rail and stagecoach commuters of the 18th and 19th centuries, right back to your ancestors who watched Shakespeare’s plays on the banks of the Thames.
These church registers reveal where your family was based and how long they stayed there. Plus vital clues like names, addresses and occupations help you move back through the generations.
These Wiltshire Church Records, 1538–1897, prove that you can discover ancestors whatever religion they followed. The 500,000 new records include Anglican parish registers, Quaker births, marriages and deaths, and more!
You’ll find several generations of many south-west families. If you’re lucky, you’ll also uncover addresses, occupations and even parents’ names.
We’ve added more than 120,000 new marriages to our huge collection of Lancashire parish records. That means you have even more chance of finding your family in the North’s busiest county.
These records let you put your ancestors’ lives into the context of wider history. Spot your ancestors who defended Lancaster castle in the Civil War, pioneered trade with America or built some of Britain’s first canals.
Parish records introduction►
Our London parish records are among the most popular collections on our site — not least because they cover such a huge percentage of the country’s population.
These baptism, marriage and burial registers provide a complete picture of life in our capital city over more than 400 years. Even if your family doesn’t come from London, it’s likely that at least a few members moved there in search of fame or fortune.
Although the official Church of Ireland was Anglican in the 18th and 19th centuries, most people refused to conform. This means Catholic records are your best bet for tracing early births, marriages and deaths.
Split into baptism, marriage and burial records, these comprehensive registers reveal names, dates, places and often other family members. And because they date back before the Great Famine, you’ll find many ancestors who later fled the country for new homes abroad.
The great wool towns of West Yorkshire were among the first in England to join the machine age, and with the Industrial Revolution their populations swelled. Millions of people have roots in the area, and this collection will take you back through the generations.
The records provide details of over 8 million baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials. You can trace family lines through the booming 18th and 19th centuries, and all the way back beyond the Civil War.