Over 31 million UK Parish Records available

You can now go back even further with our improved Parish Records

Tracing your family way back to 1538 has never been easier, thanks to our continued additions and improvements to the Parish Records.

Last year alone we added over 13 million new records to our collection, and with improved search options you’ve now got much more chance of finding your distant, distant ancestors in the largest collection available, anywhere online.

And we’ve continued adding to our Parish Records collection in 2010, starting with the Bishops Transcripts, which we have through our partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives.

With the majority indexed and often including images, these amazing records bring your family history vividly to life. And you’ll find that searching has just got easier – just give names, dates and places and we’ll speed into action to find the results you want.

The earliest records available

Parish records provide the best source of Births, Marriages and Deaths information and are at the cornerstone of research going back in time.

In 1837 Civil Registration was started and all Births, Marriages and Deaths had to be recorded by law. Prior to then the only vital records that were universally kept were Parish Records. Since 1538 all events held in a church have had to be recorded by law. Although not all the earliest records have survived, Parish records of Births, Marriages and Deaths are very important in tracing family history.

Whilst the records don’t record births, in earlier centuries a very high proportion of children were baptised - normally within a few months of the birth. And as the name of the child is recorded along with the parents’ and place of residence these records are vital for people researching their family history.

It’s fascinating to follow the changes in your family over several lifetimes and even if you’ve searched before and drawn a blank – it’s always worth looking again as we are in the process of adding more records. For further Parish Record updates see our What’s New page or sign up for our newsletter.

The content within these records and the functional improvements have made this collection one of the most complete sources of Parish Records on the internet. Containing records that are fully indexed and with digital images that aren’t available anywhere else.

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What's my next step?

You can find Parish Registers at local records offices where they will often need to be viewed on microfilm or microfiche.

Tips on searching

Following our groundbreaking online release of London Parish Records in 2009, you might be wondering how best to search through the parish registers which have not yet been indexed. The amount of material pre-dating 1813 can be quite daunting; but there are tactics you can employ to narrow down your searches. Click here for more information and to start searching.

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Other information

London Metropolitan Archive

With the London Metropolitan Archives, you can explore your ancestors' lives throughout the rich history of London.

The records range from the early 1900s all the way back to the 1500s - around 300 years before Civil Registration. So they can help you go beyond Census, Birth, Marriage & Death records.

There are more than 77 million records in total, which will be released regularly over the next year or so. You'll be able to see records first-hand such as Parish Records, Non-conformist Registers, Electoral Registers, Parish Poor Records, Boards of Guardians, Wills, Transportation Sessions - and much more.

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