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

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Record Description
Record Type Bishop's Transcripts
Collection years 1680-1892
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What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of Anglican church records from the county of Hampshire for the years 1680-1892. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.

Beginning in 1598, priests of the Church of England began to make copies of parish registers and send them to the archdeacon or bishop every year. The copies were named archdeacon’s or bishop’s transcripts, and resembled parish transcripts. Many priests stopped producing these transcripts with the beginning of civil registration in 1837, but they did not fully disappear until after 1870. Bishop’s transcripts generally contain the same information as parish registers, and are a great resource when parish records have been damaged or destroyed.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

Baptismal Records may include: Before 1812

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Full name of child
  • Sex of child

Included after 1812

  • Legitimacy of child
  • Full names of parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Marital status of parents
  • Occupations of parents
  • Names of godparents
  • Names, ages, occupations, and residences of witnesses
  • Name of minister

Marriage Records may include: Before 1754

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Dates of the proclamation of banns
  • Residences of bride and groom

Included after 1754

  • Full names of witnesses
  • Name of minister

Included after 1837

  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Full names of parents, including maiden names
  • Names of other relatives present at the marriage

Burial Records may include: Before 1812

  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse

Included after 1812

  • Age at death
  • Residence of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of death
  • Birthdate and place of deceased
  • Sex of deceased, esp. if infant
  • Name of father, esp. if infant
  • Occupation of father, esp. if infant

Collection Content

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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

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  • 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?

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  • 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
    • Dorset and Wiltshire to the west
    • Berkshire to the north
    • Surrey and West Sussex to the east
    • Isle of Wight to the south
  • 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
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

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