England, Monmouthshire, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
This collection consists of bishop's transcripts from the county of Monmouthshire for the years 1660-1900.
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- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
Why Should I Look at This Collection?
Bishop’s transcripts contain more or less the same information as parish registers, so they can serve as a replacement when a parish register has been damaged, destroyed, or otherwise lost. Bishop's transcripts are often of value even when parish registers exist, as priests often recorded either additional or different information in their transcripts than they did in the original registers.
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the Herefordshire Archives.
For additional details about these records and help using them see England Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching, 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.
Search the Index
- Go to the collection page.
- Enter the requested information into the search box.
- Click Search to return a list of possible matches.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?
- Copy down all the information from the index entry.
- Cite the record. See below for assistance in citing this collection.
- Find the original parish register. See the Monmouthshire Parish Registers page to begin your search.
- Use the information what you have found to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if it is not known.
- 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 the England Civil Registration records.
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
- Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
- An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or 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. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
- Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
- Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of results which can then be examined for matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
- Search the records of nearby parishes. While most people never lived more than 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this distance were common. For this collection, nearby parishes could be in the English counties of Herefordshire to the north, Gloucestershire to the east, or in Welsh counties of Glamorganshire and Breconshire to the west. The port city of Bristol, which is directly to the south across the Bristol channel, is also a possibility.
- The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See the Monmouthshire Nonconformist Records page for more information.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- “England, Monmouthshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1660-1900.” Database. FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Herefordshire Record Office, Hereford.
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