This collection comprises indexes and images of Anglican parish registers containing records of baptisms, marriages and burials for the county of Cardiganshire, Wales.
Both the British state and the church had an interest in record keeping, and a 1538 Act of Parliament required ministers in the Church of England, the established church in Wales at the time, to record baptisms, marriages, and burials. The Church in Wales was created in 1920 as an independent Anglican Church.
Children were usually baptised within a few days or weeks of birth. The records generally include when baptised and in what parish, child’s Christian name, parents’ given names and the family surname, residence, father’s occupation, and who performed the ceremony. Sometimes you will find additional details such as date of birth. Early records may contain less detail.
Couples were usually married in the bride’s parish. Marriage records typically include the bride and groom’s names, residence, date and location of the marriage, names of witnesses, condition (bachelor, spinster, widow, or widower), and the name of the officiant. Some records may also include the father’s name and occupation. Early records may contain less detail.
Burials took place within a few days of death. Records generally list the name of the deceased, residence, burial date, and age at death. Early records may contain less detail.