England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Warwickshire for the period 1538-1984.
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England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 .
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|Location of Warwickshire, England|
|Record Type||Parish Registers|
|Warwickshire County Record Office|
- 1 Why Should I Look at This Collection?
- 2 What Is in This Collection?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
Why Should I Look at This Collection?
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 the content and significance of parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.
What Is in This Collection?
This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The originals are held at the Warwickshire County Record Office.
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed at a local family history center, at the Family History Library, or online by members of the supporting organization(s).
For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, 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.
View the Images
- Go to the collection browse page.
- Click on the correct Name of County link.
- Click on the correct Name of Town/Parish link.
- Click on the correct Event Type and Year Range link to go to the image viewer.
- Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at England, Warwickshire parish registers, 1535-1984. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
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 help citing this collection.
- Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
- 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 civil registration records.
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember 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 recorders 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 possible 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 locations. In the period of this collection, most people never lived more than 20 miles away from the place of their birth, though smaller moves were not uncommon. For this collection, bordering locations are the areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire bordering Bristol, or perhaps even in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire directly across the channel.
For additional help searching online collections see the FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks page.
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, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1535-1984." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England, Record Office, Warwick.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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