England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Bishop's Transcripts
Collection years 1599-1860
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Bishop’s transcripts contain much of the same information as parish registers, and serve as a replacement when a parish register has been damaged or unavailable. Bishop's transcripts may provide additional information than the original registers.

More information about the content and importance of bishop's transcripts is found on the England Bishop's Transcripts page.

What is in This Collection?

The collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The collection was originally filmed at the Cambridge University Library.

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How Do I Search This Collection?

You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film Number to go to the image viewer

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Record the information for future use.
  • If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and civil registration records.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

“England, Cambridgeshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1599-1860.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Cambridge University Library, England.

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