ARCHIVE CD BOOKS PARISH REGISTER SERIES
The complete set of 4 volumes for London.
Transcripts of marriages from the very earliest preserved parish registers (1500s) through to 1812.
List of Parishes included....
The registers of the Dutch Church, Austin Friars London, 1571-1874. Contains the marriage, baptism and burial registers as well as the monumental inscriptions and a short account of the strangers and their churches. This describes the migration of Dutch people to England.
Listed alphabetically and made fully searchable on CD, this is another invaluable source to those with Dutch ancestors.
London Dutch Church Register of Marriages, Confessions, Membership and Banns 1568 - 1872
This register contains the attestation of certificates of membership, confessions of guilt, certificates of marriages and betrothals, publications of banns etc between 1568 to 1872. Whilst the register of marriages etc is very useful, it is fascinating to read the confessions of guilt which tell of the moral opinions and views of this community in the past.
1585 3148 Susanna Liebaerts, spinster, who misconducted herself with a young man under promise of marriage. But as, through his death, that marriage cannot take place, the Community is informed of her repentance, in order, they may not be offended when they see her appear at the Lord's Supper.
3127 15 January 1579. Pieter Persoons, a widower accused by his maid-servant of having misconducted himself with her, and who finally married someone else, outside the Dutch Church. Clearly, little escaped this community's notice!
Fully searchable by name, this book is invaluable for those with Dutch ancestors living in London.
This is a most unusual book.
During the English Civil War, Presbyterian ministers and church councils were established in London's churches. These people had to be proposed and vetted (to ensure that they were sympathetic with the new government!) Furthermore, they had to be seen to be promoting the new government in their sermons, and giving thanks and blessings for the various victories of the time.
This book contains transcripts of the proposals for the new ministers and church councils of each of those churches, plus the records of their support for the government, and letters relating to the lack of the right words being used in their sermons!
Wonderful fascinating stuff for the historian of the English Civil War, plus of course, containing lots of information and names suitable for the family historian.
Note that these contain lists of licences granted in a particular diocese, but they include details of marriage licences relating to people all over the country, and are very valuable sources of family history information, as they also often include parents' names, villages & towns of residence, etc. The book's title is a little misleading, as there are few licences post 1800 included. The work is not totally comprehensive, but does contain many thousands of marriage licences.
Not just for those with London ancestors!
Note that although the "Canterbury" licences appear to overlap those of the 4 volume set above, they contain different licence records.
Both parts of this book include licences issued to couples from all over England.
Four large volumes, with a wealth of information for family historians. Marriage licences give so much valuable information such as ages, places of residence, and importantly in many cases, fathers' names, etc. which are not stated in the parish registers until as late as 1837! The majority of the licences recorded in these books were issued were to couples residing in the home counties in and around London, but there are also many from other parts of Great Britain, giving couples the right to marry in other counties.
"March 14 1692 - William Vavasour, of Weston, Co. York, Esqr. Batchelor, aged 23, & Mary Fawkes, of Farmely in the said county, spinster, aged 19, with consent of her father Thomas Fawkes, who attests, at St. James Westminster."
"March 15 1692 - Hope Long, of South Wraxall, Wilts, Widower, & Grace Blanchard of the city of Bath, Widow. Alleged by John Lovell of Drs. Commons, London, Gent.; at Box or Collerne, Wilts. or at Bath."
The fact that licences were issued by The Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury does not mean that they were for marriages in Canterbury. They can be for anywhere in the country. These volumes are fully indexed.
(A very different, and more comprehensive publication than the "London Marriage Licences" CD ref 0068)
Arranged in date order, with full indexes. Includes licences granted to marry in churches all over England. Not just London.
Licences granted to marry in places all over Great Britain.
"Jan 14 1665 - Richard Holford, of Lincoln's Inn, bachelor, 29, & Sarah Crew, of St. Martin in the Fields, Middlesex, spinster, about 16, her father dead, & she in custody of her aunt Jane Struttey of Westonburt, co. Gloucester, who consents; at St. Paul's Covent Garden, Middlesex."
"July 24 1796 - John Quincy Adams, Esq., of Boston in North America, Bachelor, above 21, & Louisa Catherine Johnson, of All Hallows, Barking, London, spinster, above 21; at All Hallows Barking aforesaid".
"March 17 1698 - Henry Heylin, of parish of St. John Baptist, co. Hereford, Esq., bachelor, 40, & Ann Cooke of Churcham, co. Gloucester, spinster, 30, at her own disposal; alleged by Robert Cooke, of Bishop's Cleeve, co. Gloucester, Clerk; at Llanvyhangell, co. Monmouth."
It is records such as these that are of immense value to family historians! A couple, one from Herefordshire, the other from Gloucestershire, who were issued with a licence in London to marry in a parish church in Monmouthshire, Wales. That will certainly knock down the brick wall in someone's research. It isn't at all difficult to find such instances. The books are full of them!
Transcripts of eleven London churches in a total of twenty seven volumes kindly loaned to the Project by The Harleian Society. The names of the churches are listed below, PLEASE SEE THE INDIVIDUAL DESCRIPTIONS TO DETERMINE THE DATE RANGES FOR EACH CHURCH.
Bought individually the 11 CD's would cost more than £165 (excluding VAT & P+P), so this offer is a wonderful opportunity for London researchers to own these 27 individual volumes on one CD.
Each book, or set of volumes, has its own very comprehensive index, making it extremely easy to locate ancestors.
It is worth noting that although much of this information is available IN INDEX FORM ONLY on the IGI, these volumes are TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE ORIGINALS and therefore contain MUCH more information for genealogists and family historians.
The Registers of St Mary Somerset, London 1558-1853
The Registers of St Mary Mounthaw, London 1568-1849
The Registers of St Lawrence Jewry and St Mary Magdalen, Milk Street, London 1538-1812
The Registers of St Mary Magdalen, Mik Street and St Michael Bassishaw, London 1558-1853
The Registers of St Clement, Eastcheap and St Martin Orgar, London 1539-1853
The Registers of St Dunstan in the East, London 1558-1799
The Registers of St Katherine by the Tower, London 1584-1726
The Registers of St Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London 1538-1859
The Registers of St Matthew, Friday Street, London 1538-1812
The Registers of St Margaret's, Westminster, London 1660-1699
The Register of St Martin in the Fields, London 1619-1636
The Register of the Temple Church, London 1628-1853
ALL of the London and Middlesex church registers which we have scanned in first phase of our cooperative project with The Harleian Society in a special 2 CD set.
Bought individually the 22 CD's would cost more than £340 so this offer is a wonderful opportunity for London researchers to own these 45 individual volumes on three CD's.
One further point to note is that the IGI has very little coverage of burials whilst most of these superb transcripts contain literally hundreds of these important burial records.
The following is a complete list of all of the churches included in the set, please see the individual descriptions below for information about coverage of baptisms, marriages and burials in each church.
The Registers at St George's Chapel, Mayfair 1740-1754
The Registers of St James, Clerkenwell 1551-1754
The Registers of St Mary, Aldermary, London, 1558-1754
The Registers of St Michael, Cornhill 1546-1754
The Registers of St Dionis, Backchurch, London, 1538-1754
The Registers of St Paul's Cathedral
The Registers of St Martin in the Fields, London 1550-1619
The Registers of St Thomas the Apostle, London 1558-1754
The Registers of St Stephen's, Walbrook and St Benet, Sherehog, London
The Registers of St Benedict & St Peter, Paul's Wharf, London
The Registers of St Peter's, Cornhill, London
The Registers of St Antholin, Budge Row & St John Baptist, Wallbrook-London
The Marriage Registers of St George, Hanover Square London 1725-1837
The Registers of St Olave, Hart St, London 1563-1700
The Registers of Charterhouse Chapel
The Registers of St Helen's Bishopsgate 1575-1837
The Registers of Christ Church, Newgate, Greyfriars - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538-1753
The Registers of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
The Registers of St Vedast & St Michael le Quern, London
The Registers of St Martin Outwich 1670-1873
The Registers of Kensington 1539-1675
The Marriage Registers of St Mary le Bone, Middlesex and Oxford Chapel, Vere Street
Baptisms 1629-1853 and marriages 1628-1760.
Kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Harleian Society.
Released 30 May 2003
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1619-1636.
Baptisms 1660-1669, marriages 1664-1699 and burials 1660-1673.
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1538-1812.
Kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Harleian Society.
Published in three volumes covering marriages and baptisms 1538-1837 and burials 1538-1859.
Published in five volumes. Part one baptisms, marriages and burials1584-1625, part two baptisms, marriages and burials 1626-65, part three marriages 1666-86, part four marriages 1687-1726 and part five baptisms and burials 1666-95.
Published in three volumes. part one contains baptisms, marriages and burials 1558-1653. Part two covers 1653-91 and part three has baptisms 1692-1758, marriages 1692-1754 and burials 1692-1766.
Part one contains St Clement baptisms, marriages and burials 1539-1666. Part two contains St Clement burials 1671-1853 and St Martin marriages 1625-1738, baptisms 1625-1812 and burials 1624-1812.
St Mary marriages 1559-1666, marriages 1558-1677 and burials 1559-1665. St Michael baptisms1538-1892, marriages 1538-1837 and burials 1538-1853.
Part one contains St Lawrence baptisms, marriages and burials 1538-1676. Part two contains St Lawrence and St Mary baptisms, marriages and burials 1677-1812.
Marriages 1568-1835, christenings 1568-1837 and burials 1568-1849.
Volume one contains christenings and marriages 1558-1837, volume two burials 1557-1853.
Transcripts of the registers found in the personal possession of Revd. Alexander Keith.
The chapel was a place that performed marriage ceremonies without the need for obtaining a licence or calling of banns. These were called clandestine marriages and although irregular, they were perfectly valid and binding at the time.
The Rev. Keith was appointed to officiate there and he soon began to advertise in newspapers of the advantages of marrying in his chapel. The Rector of nearby St George, Hanover Square (a proper church), took great exception to this and commenced a suit against Keith in the Doctors Commons. As a result of this Keith was excommunicated in October 1742 and thrown into the Fleet Prison in 1743.
The clandestine marriages continued, however, performed by his assistants in a nearby private dwelling while Keith lay in prison, where he eventually died in 1758.
Amazingly, although one would expect that no respectable person would associate themselves with this place, there are marriages of some eminent people too. Such as that of the Duke of Hamilton to Miss Elizabeth Gunning 14th February (St Valentine's Day) 1752. Horace Walpole refers to this particular marriage thus;
"The event which has made most noise since my last is the extensive wedding of the youngest of the two Gunning sisters, ..... they were married with the ring of a bed-curtain, at half an hour after twelve at night, at Mayfair Chapel."
Marriages at the chapel were stopped by the passing of Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act which came into force on 25 March 1754, but referring to the registers you will see that no less than 61 couples were married there on the previous day! Indeed, in this 328 page book, no less than 316 pages contain marriages.
A huge set of six volumes of transcripts from the original registers.Volumes 1 & 2 have christenings from 1551 to 1753. volume 3 has marriages 1551-1754 and the final 3 volumes are for burials 1551-1754.
The fact that there are so many burials, as opposed to christenings and marriages, illustrates how dramatically the population of Clerkenwell grew during the period covered.
Each volume has its own index of names.
Transcripts of the original registers. Marriages, baptisms and burials from 1558 until 1754.
In this parish it appears to have been the custom to make yearly lists of its inhabitants and two of those lists, for 1733 and 1734, are included in this volume. These lists include information about the head of the family, his occupation, religious faith and the number of other people in his family. Here is an example of five consecutive entries:
Mrs Griffen. Milliner, to Mass. Family three.
Ch. yard. Mr Boheme, mercer, to Church, family nine.
Mr Drinkwater, stocking presser, to Church, family eight.
Mr Call, Mercht. To French Church, family five.
This shows a row of five dwellings, one empty. One person was a Catholic (to Mass), two Anglican (to Church) and the other most likely a Hugenot (to French Church).
Most of the family names in the lists can be found mentioned in the registers
Transcripts of the original registers. There are several interesting entries, besides those of baptisms, marriages and burials. Mention is made in 1563 and 1603 of the beginnings of the plague epidemics. The 1665 Great Plague is not mentioned but the vast increase of burials in the parish gives us an idea of how severe the epidemic was,
In the baptisms there is a break of nine months due to the Great Fire and in 1653 causes of death were added in the burials section, although this practice seemed to end after about 10 years.
An excellent index makes finding ancestors incredibly easy.
Transcripts of the original registers. Marriages, baptisms and burials from 1538 until 1754 complete with an excellent index of names.
Transcripts of the original registers of one of the most famous churches in the world. Although, as one would expect, there are some very well heeled people marrying, or being buried here, virtually every marriage was by licence and many were ordinary people from all over the country.
The burials show people with occupations such as plasterer, bricklayer, printer and labourer were interred in the here, as well as a chap named Lord Horatia (sic) Nelson on January 9th 1806.
There are just four baptisms from 1708 until 1712 then forty more from 1875 until 1897. There are many, many more marriages dated from 1697 to 1758 and burials from 1760 until 1899.
Complete with an excellent index.
Transcripts from the original registers of this very well known church.
Transcripts of the original registers. Baptisms and burials 1558-1754, marriages 1558-1672.
As with the registers of St Mary Aldermary, the incumbent of the church in 1733 conducted what is, in effect, a partial census of his parishioners, listing the name and occupation of the head of each household along with their religion and the number of people in his family (the names of his family are NOT recorded). Even empty houses are noted and between 'Robert Maiyo, barber, to church, family five' and John Breadcutt, fruiterer, to church, family six' we se 'There are in this place ten Houses empty, some repair'd, others pull'd down and rebuilt.'
As usual there is an excellent index, making it incredibly easy to find ancestors.
Transcripts of the original registers.
St Stephen's: Baptisms, marriages and burials 1557-1716.
St Stephen's and St Benet: Baptisms, marriages and burials 1716-1860, plus banns of marriages 1754-1841.
The marriages are especially rich in the information they give, a random example is:
1782 Sep 3 George Evans, of St Saviours, in Surrey, b., & Mary Mendham, of St S., W., s., a minor, with the consent of Robert Mendham, the father of the aforesaid minor. L.B.L., by Henry Foster, Minr. Wit.: Robt Mendham, Geo Evans Senr, Fisher Evans, Dd Duveluz, Hen. Bateley Junr, Robt Mendham Junr.
So, if you were researching Mary Mendham you will have found the following;
1. The date of her marriage, the name of her husband, George Evans and the fact that she was a minor i.e. under the age of 21.
2. Her father's name, Robert Mendham plus her brother, Robt Mendham junr, as a witness
3. The name of her husband's father, Geo Evans senr and possibly his brother or uncle Fisher Evans, both witnesses.
Fully indexed by name and by place.
Transcripts of the original registers in three huge volumes.
Volume one contains baptisms from 1619-1837.
Volumes two contains marriages in St Benedict's from 1619-1730, volume three has marriages in St Benedict's 1731-1837 and for St Peter 1607-1834.
The reason that there are so many marriages,especially between 1719 and 1754, is that these churches were very close to The Faculty Office where marriage licences were issued, so there are a huge number of people from all over the country marrying here.
Extremely well indexed by name and by place.
Transcripts from the original registers, the very first produced by The Harleian Society. Volume 1 has christenings from 1538 to 1666 and burials 1539-1666 and marriages from 1538 to 1666. Volume 2 contains christenings from 1667-1774, marriages 1673 to 1754 and burials 1667-1774. Each volume has its own index of names.
These registers are uncommonly comprehensive, christenings almost always give the name of both the father and the mother and very often the father's occupation too. Burials, too, give information about spouses and occupations.
Transcripts of the original registers including baptisms, marriages and burials from 1538-1754 for St Antholin and for St John there are baptisms 1682-1754 and burials 1686-1754.
Four volumes of transcripts from the original registers.
Volume 1, marriages 1725-1787. Volume 2, marriages 1788-1809. Volume 3, marriages 1810-1823. Volume 4, 1824-1837.
Each volume has its own excellent index of names.
Transcripts of the original registers. Baptisms, burials and marriages 1563-1700.
The transcribers were extremely meticulous in recording the entries . Most events have extra information, such as a deceased person's cause of death and their father's name or, at a baptism, the father's name and occupation is almost always there too.
The book is incredibly well indexed, alphabetically by name and there is also an index of trades, professions and 'miscellaneous matters' such as causes of death (one of which is, bizarrely, 'killed by a fall of a barrel of raisins'!)
This book was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Harleian Society.
Transcripts from the original registers. Marriages 1671-1812, burials 1695-1854 and baptisms 1813-1836.
Transcripts of the original registers with unbroken coverage of baptisms, mariages and burials from 1575 to 1837, the date that civil registration was introduced.
Baptisms 1658-1837, marriages 1670-1837 and burials 1670-1853
Transcripts from the original registers. Baptisms from 1538-1753, marriages from 1542-1753 and burials from 1540-1753
PLEASE NOTE. The years 1588 to September 1666 are missing. The registers were destroyed, along with the church itself, in the Great Fire of London.
The marriages section will be of special interest to genealogists as although the majority of marriages were between 'locals', many of the couples who married here were from other parts of the country. A random example;
1716, Feb 24, John Haynes of Spalding, Lincolnshire, & Elizabeth Went of Boston in the same county, by Mr Betts.
The burials section is an absolute goldmine as one can often glean some excellent information about the deceased, some examples are:
1565 Sep 26. Robart, son of Nycholas Sharpe.
1584 Dec 16 Nycholas Allen, carpenter, who fell off Mr Hunter's house.
1670 June 2 William Norris, a prisoner from Newgate (there are scores of prisoners burials listed as the church was close to the notorious Newgate Prison).
The book is incredibly well indexed so ancestors are very easy to find.
Transcripts of the original registers in two volumes.
Volume one: Births 24 August 1653-Jan 1658 and christenings Feb 1658-Aug 1752.
Volume two: Christenings September 1752-June 1837.
Each volume has its own superb index..
Burials 1653-1853 (Harleian Soc. Vols. 36 & 37)
Marriages 1653-1837 (Harleian Soc. Vol. 35)
The complete set of registers of St Paul Covent Garden was published in five volumes by the Harleian Society. The Society kindly loaned us their whole collection for digitising but three of the five volumes for this church were in a very fragile state indeed. The paper was so brittle that it would crumble at the lightest touch and we decided that it would be best not to damage on of the only known surviving sets of these valuable books.
Recently we were advised that another complete set was available from a book dealer in the US for £250.00 so we quickly purchased them, hoping that they would be in reasonable condition...... and fortunately they were!
We have now scanned the final three volumes, which contain the burial and marriage transcriptions, and have made them available on CD for genealogists and family historians and it is our intention to offer the books to the Hareain Society as a gift so that they may preserve them for future generations.
Fully indexed and searchable.
Transcripts of the original registers in two volumes
Christenings November 1558-December 1836, births May 1695-June 1706. Marriages April 1559-June 1837. Burials November 1558-Mat 1837.
Transcripts of the original registers. Baptisms 1670-1873 and burials 1670 until 1852 when the churchyard was closed. The church was demolished in 1873 to make way for a bank.
As usual there is an excellent index.
Transcripts of the original registers. There is no mention of a particular church, the text merely states 'the p'ishe Church of Kensington'. Complete with an excellent index.
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1539-1675.
Kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Harleain Society.
Published in nine volumes these are transcripts from the registers of this very highly populated parish.
Volume 1: St Mary le Bone marriages 1668-1754 and Oxford Chapel, St mary le Bone marriages 1736-1754.
Volume 2: St Mary le Bone marriages 1754-1775.
Volume 3: St Mary le Bone marriages 1775-1783.
Volume 4: St Mary le Bone marriages 1783-1792.
Volume 5: St Mary le Bone marriages 1792-1796.
Volume 6: St Mary le Bone marriages 1796-1801.
Volume 7: St Mary le Bone marriages 1801-1806.
Volume 8: St Mary le Bone marriages 1806-1809.
Volume 9: St Mary le Bone marriages 1809-1812.
A transcript of the burials register in this central London church.
A superb and very ancient book published in 1631 - gravestone & monumental inscriptions in churches in East Anglia, London, the home counties and the south east. Transcribed as they appeared in 1631 !!
Hundreds of these gravestones were destroyed during the Civil War of 1642.
The book is organised into dioceses and then the churches within each. The outer columns of each page contain the short references to the people whose gravestones appear. By nature, in this very early period, it was relatively unusual for a family to have a gravestone or monument. Some churches contain just a few, others contain many.
This very early and rare book is invaluable to genealogists. There is nothing else like it!
The monuments and gravestones of Westminster Abbey as they existed in 1722 when this wonderful old pair of books were published. Liberally illustrated with fine engravings.
Charles William Pearce
An in-depth study of the old churches of London.
Includes the exact locations of these old churches (by address)
A transcript of the baptism, marriage and burial registers
Baptisms 1607-1875, marriages 1655-1875, burials1607-1875.
One interesting inclusion is the warrant for the 'disinterment of certain Commonwealth personages' including Oliver Cromwell's mother and John Pimme (sic).
St. Peter's College is the College of Westminster Abbey.
Yearly lists of admissions of students, together with their dates of entry to Oxford or Cambridge. In many cases there are additional notes of what happened to these people later in life.
The Harleian Society was founded in 1869 for publishing manuscripts of the heraldic visitations of the counties of England and Wales and unpublished manuscripts relating to genealogy, armory and heraldry in the widest sense. Its volumes have always proved to be of great value to genealogists and those interested in family history. It has a world-wide subscribership.
Publications can either be obtained through annual subscription, currently £20 (US $40) for individuals and £25 (US $50) for institutions, or purchased at £35 (US $70) each including postage and packing. The cost of Visitations by the Heralds in Wales is £50 (US £100) including postage and packing
For a subscription form, contact:
The Honorable Secretary, The Harleian Society, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BT.
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