England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996
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|Location of Gloucestershire, England|
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]
When nonconformist church records are available they are the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and generally contain more information than those of the Church of England. For more information on the content, significance, and availability of Nonconformist Records, please see England Nonconformist Church Records.
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Non-Conformist Church records from the county of Gloucestershire containing baptisms/christenings, marriages, and deaths from the following religions in Gloucestershire:
- Society of Friends (Quaker)
- Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian
- Wesleyan Methodist
- French Protestant
- New Jerusalemite
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
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Death and Burial
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- Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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Related FamilySearch Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]
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- England, Northumberland, Non-conformist Records, 1708-1982
- England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901
- England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977
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