4. Parish Registers

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This chapter gives you vital information to help you trace your ancestors back beyond civil registration and the censuses. If you are lucky, you may get back to 1538 using parish registers. It covers the following aspects:

  • Background to English parish registers
  • Information on Gloucestershire parish registers, the diocese they are in
  • where the gaps are in the registers
  • Which Gloucestershire parish registers date back to 1538
  • which Gloucestershire parish registers are missing or badly damaged
  • Different register formats and what they tell you
  • Changes from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar and how it affects family historians
  • Problems with some parish registers; samples given
  • Ages of consent for boy or girl marriages
  • Affidavits for burial in woollen
  • Bishop’s Transcripts and their organisation; where to find them
  • Dates of the early Bishop’s Transcripts
  • Problems caused during the Civil War and Commonwealth period
  • International Genealogical Index and parishes not covered by it
  • Gloucestershire Family History Society Indexes to baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Bristol and Avon Family History Society Indexes to baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Other indexes

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Index to Chapter 4

Adlestrop…………………………………………………. 3
affidavit………………………………………………….. 14
age at burial…………………………………………….. 14
age of marriage………………………………………… 12
Arlingham…………………………………………………. 3
Aston sub Edge………………………………………….. 3
Awre……………………………………………………….. 3
bachelor………………………………………………….. 13
Badgeworth………………………………………………. 5
banns………………………………………………………. 6
Banns registers………………………………………….. 6
baptism…………………………………………………. 2, 9
Barnwood……………………………………………….. 19
births……………………………………………………….. 5
bishop’s transcripts…………………………………… 14
Bisley……………………………………………………… 11
Bledington………………………………………………. 16
Blockley……………………………………………………. 3
Boyd’s Marriage Index……………………………….. 21
Bredon’s Norton………………………………………. 19
Broadwell…………………………………………………. 3
Buckland…………………………………………………… 3
burial…………………………………………………… 2, 13
burial grounds………………………………………….. 13
buried in wool………………………………………….. 14
calendar……………………………………………………. 8
certificates………………………………………………… 7
Chaceley…………………………………………………… 3
chapelry………………………………………………….. 16
Charlton Kings…………………………………………… 3
Church of England…………………………………….. 13
Civil War………………………………………………. 4, 16
Coberley…………………………………………………… 3
Coleford…………………………………………………. 16
Commonwealth…………………………………………. 4
DAVIS………………………………………………………. 9
Didbrook…………………………………………………. 16
Diocese of Bristol……………………………………….. 4
Diocese of Gloucester…………………………………. 4
Diocese of Worcester………………………………….. 4
Dorsington………………………………………………. 16
Down Hatherley……………………………………….. 18
Dursley…………………………………………………… 20
Dymock……………………………………………….. 3, 16
Eastleach Martin………………………………………… 3
Forest of Dean website……………………………… 21
GFHS Baptism Index………………………………….. 19
GFHS Burial Index……………………………………… 20
GFHS Marriage Index…………………………………. 19
Gloucester………………………………………….. 15, 16
Gloucester St. Aldate………………………………… 15
Gloucester St. Mary de Grace……………………… 15
Gloucester St. Mary de Lode………………………. 16
Gloucester St. Owen…………………………………. 15
Great Badminton……………………………………….. 3
Great Rissington………………………………………… 3
Gregorian Calendar…………………………………….. 8
GWINNETT………………………………………….. 17, 18
Hardwicke’s Marriage Act…………………………….. 5
Haresfield………………………………………………… 3
HICKES……………………………………………………… 9
Hill………………………………………………………… 16
Huntley……………………………………………….. 3, 27
incumbent………………………………………………… 4
indexes…………………………………………………… 17
International Genealogical Index…………………. 17
Internet………………………………………………….. 19
Interregnum…………………………………………. 4, 16
Jewish…………………………………………………….. 13
Jews………………………………………………………. 13
Julian Calendar…………………………………………… 8
Latin………………………………………………………… 5
Latter Day Saints……………………………………….. 17
Lea…………………………………………………………. 16
licence……………………………………………………… 6
Longborough……………………………………………. 16
marital status…………………………………………… 13
marriage…………………………………………………… 2
marriages………………………………………………….. 6
Minsterworth……………………………………………. 3
Naunton…………………………………………………… 3
Newington Bagpath……………………………………. 3
Newland……………………………………………… 4, 16
nonconformist…………………………………………. 13
Oldbury on Severn………………………………….. 3, 4
Oxenhall…………………………………………………… 4
Painswick…………………………………………….. 6, 16
Pallot’s Marriage Index………………………………. 21
parchment registers………………………………….. 14
parental consent………………………………………. 12
Pauntley…………………………………………………… 3
paupers……………………………………………………. 7
Phillimore’s Marriage Index………………………… 20
Pinnock cum Hyde……………………………………. 16
privacy……………………………………………………. 17
Quakers………………………………………………….. 13
Registers…………………………………………………… 4
registrar………………………………………………….. 13
reputed father…………………………………………. 10
Roe’s Marriage Index………………………………… 20
Roman Catholic………………………………………… 13
Ruardean………………………………………………….. 3
Sandhurst…………………………………………………. 3
Saul…………………………………………………………. 4
Sezincote………………………………………………… 16
Sheepscombe………………………………………….. 16
Shenington……………………………………………… 16
Shipton Sollars…………………………………………. 16
Shurdington…………………………………………….. 13
Slimbridge………………………………………………. 16
Snowshill………………………………………………….. 4
South Gloucestershire………………………………. 19
spinster…………………………………………………… 13
stamp duty……………………………………………….. 7
Staverton………………………………………………….. 3
STINCHCOME…………………………………………….. 9
Stroud……………………………………………….. 10, 12
Taynton……………………………………………………. 3
Thornbury…………………………………………………. 9
Upleadon…………………………………………………. 3
Upper Slaughter……………………………………. 3, 14
Upton St Leonards……………………………………… 3
Vital Records Index……………………………………. 19
WELLES…………………………………………………….. 9
Westbury on Severn…………………………………… 3
Wheatenhurst…………………………………………… 3
Whitminster……………………………………………… 3
Whittington………………………………………………. 3
widow…………………………………………………….. 13
widower…………………………………………………. 13
WILKINS……………………………………………………. 9
Winchcombe…………………………………………….. 3
witnesses………………………………………………… 13
Woolstone……………………………………………….. 4