Source Information Hampshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1921 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2023.
Original data: Anglican Parish Registers. Winchester, Hampshire, England: Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.

About Hampshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1921

General collection information

This collection includes Church of England parish registers of baptisms between 1813 and 1921 from the historic county of Hampshire, England.

Parish records—primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials—were the first sets of vital records kept in England. Before civil registration began in 1837, key events in a person's life were typically recorded by the church, rather than the government. Dating back to the 16th century, parish records have become some of the longest running records available.

Using this collection

This collection may include the following details:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date
  • Baptism place
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Name of parish
  • Parish records are some of the best resources you can use in tracing your family roots. These records were taken by church officials to mark important milestones in people's lives. They often include information about other family members such as parents, making it possible to add an additional generation in your family tree with a single record.

    Baptismal records can be a great source of information to help trace your ancestors, especially since children were usually baptised within a few days or weeks of being born.

    Collection in context

    When Henry VIII established the Church of England, he mandated parishes to keep handwritten records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Beginning in 1598, clergy were required to send copies of their parish registers to the bishop of their diocese. These copies are known as Bishop's Transcripts and are useful in cases where original records are unreadable or no longer exist.

    In 1812, George Rose's Act called for pre-printed registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardising records.