England and Wales Nonconformist Record Indexes (RGA 4-8) ,1588-1977 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Nonconformist Record Indexes
Collection years 1588-1977
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from 1588 to 1977.

The following religious groups are considered nonconformist groups:

RG 4

  • Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational Church and the Royal Hospital in Chelsea; the Royal Hospital in Greenwich; the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry; the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in Hackney, London; the South London Burial Ground in Walworth, London; and the Necropolis Burial Ground in Everton, Liverpool.

RG 5

  • Contains birth records from the General Register Office; Dr. Williams' Library; the Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist Registry; and the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry.

RG 6

  • Contains birth, marriage and burial records from the Society of Friends’ (Quakers’) registers, notes and certificates, 1578-1841.

RG 7

  • Contains records of clandestine marriages and baptisms in the Fleet Prison, the King’s Bench Prison, the Mint, and the May Fair Chapel, 1667-c1777.

RG 8

  • Non-Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, registers of burials in the Victoria Park Cemetery, the New Burial Ground, Southwark, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Hackney, and the Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground; registers of Chapels Royal at St James's Palace, Whitehall and Windsor Castle.

Collection Content

Nonconformist Record Indexes may contain the following information:

  • Surnames
  • Given names (also known as “forenames”)
  • Relationship
  • Year of event
  • Type of event (birth, marriage or burial)
  • Place of event
  • Record group (RG 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) view full details of a transcript or page image

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To begin your search through these records, it would be helpful if you knew any or all of the following information:

  • Name of person
  • Approximate year and place of baptism
  • Religion
  • Approximate year and place of marriage or death

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Public Record Office

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

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Collection Citation

"England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG-4-8).1588-1977." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Baptist Church. Public Record Office, London.

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