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

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Leicestershire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Bishop's Transcripts
Collection years 1561-1896
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Leicestershire Record Office

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes bishop's transcripts from 1706 to 1979 for the county of Leicestershire in England. These records specifically include baptisms, marriages, and burials.

For background regarding bishop’s transcripts, see England Church Records, Bishop’s Transcripts.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Baptism Record Marriage Record Burial Record

Baptism records may contain the following information:

  • Parish of baptism
  • Date of baptism
  • Child’s name
  • Parents’ names
  • City of parents’ residence
  • Profession of parent
  • Priest officiating

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Parish of marriage
  • Name of husband and wife
  • Previous marital status of husband and wife
  • Priest officiating
  • Marriage date
  • Names of witnesses

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Residence when deceased
  • Burial date
  • Parents’ names and gender of deceased

How Do I Search the Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

To search this collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • Consider searching the records of nearby localities (Derby and Nottingham to the north, Stafford and Warwick to the west, Northampton to the south, and Rutland and Lincoln to the east).

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

“England, Leicestershire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1561-1896. ” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Leicestershire Record Office, Wiston Magna, Leicester.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.