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The Parish Chest (1946)

by W. E. Tate

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The hobby of genealogy, tracing your family tree, has really taken off over the last decade, mainly due to the wealth of knowledge available on the internet.
Not all records are available on the web though, and this is where this book shines.
Once you have surfed the net to find your Births, marriages and deaths, and once you have gotten back to 1837, what are you to do?

Parish records are the next step. This book describes the plethora of resources and records available as part of the British Parish register and Parish record system.
Whether it is Ecclesiastical or Civil records you are searching, from Glebe Terriers to Churchwardens accounts this book tells you how and where to find them. What information they contain. This is not really a reading book, nor a reference book, but a book to be dipped into when you need that little bit of info that will reveal your cherished ancestors.
Well worth the time.

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  Thesigeng | Jun 21, 2009 |
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For some years I have been the tutor of a Workers' Educational Association class and study group working at local history, and on two or three occasions lately I have had the pleasure of lecturing at various summer schools to groups of local history enthusiasts. (Preface, 1st ed., 1946)
My book was much more successful than I had dared tohope - hence the need for this new edition, concerning which I ventured to hint, not very hopefully, in the preface to the first. (Preface, 2nd ed., revised and enlarged, 1951)
THE MODERN VILLAGE. If one were to ask a number of intelligent travellers, familiar with the appearance of rural England, what they considered the typical features apparent upon the face of the English countryside and its villages, it is likely enough that their answers would have a good deal in common. (Introduction)
THE HISTORY OF THE REGISTERS. When Hume included, in a well-known passage, the 'irregular' keeping of parish registers in the twelfth century as amongst its most barbarous deficiencies, he was being very lenient to the middle ages.
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