England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records, 1777-1936
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|Location of Bristol, England|
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains an index to birth, baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the city of Bristol for the years 1777-1936. The records come primarily from the following denominations: Methodist, Society of Friends (Quakers), Catholic, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Wesleyan, Swedenborgian, Congregational, and Baptist. The original records are held at the Bristol Records Office.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Death and Burial
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- Name of the person
- Date range for the record
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- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
- Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
- Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
- Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
- Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
- Search the records of nearby locations. The city lies between Somerset and Gloucestershire and has been politically administered by both counties in part at various times
- Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
- Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
- When you search christening records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be christened weeks or even months after birth
- Note that marriages often took place in the town where the bride resided
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you research your family in England.
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