Wales, Montgomeryshire Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Wales, Montgomeryshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
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Montgomeryshire, Wales
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1912
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Montgomeryshire for the years 1538-1912. This collection was done in cooperation with FindMyPast, and a full version of the index can be found at www.findmypast.co.uk.

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

For additional information about the history, content, and use of parish registers, see the Wales Parish Registers page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Christening records include:

  • The name of the child
  • Date and place of christening
  • Sometimes a birth year is included

Marriage records include:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age
  • Birth year

Burial records include:

  • The name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Age
  • Birth year

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

Search the Index

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

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in a record to estimate a year of birth, if that has not been found
  • 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 civil registration records and the Wales Census
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, and parents. 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?

  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, 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. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • 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
  • Expand 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. For this collection, bordering locations could include parishes in the county of Caernarfonshire
  • The individual in question might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records 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.

Collection Citation

"Wales, Montgomeryshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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