England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991
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Rutland,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1991
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What is in This Collection?

The records include: Banns, 1653-1931; Baptisms, 1538-1916; Burials, 1538-1991; and Marriages, 1538-1931. There are different cut-offs for each event type. The images captured by FamilySearch.org were provided by the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland. The indexes were provided by findmypast.com.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Christening records

  • Name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Names of parents
  • Religious affiliation

Marriage records

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Residences
  • Ages
  • Estimated birth years
  • Religious affiliation
  • Names of fathers

Burial records

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year
  • Religious affiliation

Collection Content

Sample of indexed entries:

John Smith England, Rutland Parish Registers
Name John Smith
Event Type Baptism
Event Date 28 Aug 1603
Event Place Exton, Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Religion Anglican
Father's Name Wm
Mother's Name Sara
Name Maria Nutt
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 11 Sep 1842
Event Place Ryhall, Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Residence Place Ryhall
Age 20
Religion Anglican
Birth Date 1822
Father's Name Thomas Nutt
Spouse's Name John Smith
Spouse's Residence Place Ryhall
Spouse's Age Full Age
Spouse's Father's Name Thomas Smith
Page Number 13
Name John Smith
Event Type Burial
Event Date 15 Dec 1896
Event Place Exton, Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Age 70
Religion Anglican
Birth Date 1826
Page Number 165

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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
    • Leicestershire to the west and northwest
    • Lincolnshire to the north and northeast
    • Northamptonshire 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
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps

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Collection Citation
"England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991." Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 26 January 2018. From "Rutland Parish Records." Database and images. FindMyPast. https://www.findmypast.com : 2017. Citing The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, Leicester, UK.
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