Talk:England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article has two CID numbers at the bottom, but only one of them is included in the template at the top. Since it's not available yet I can't find the proper titles for each collection easily. Laralee 15:54, 14 April 2010 (UTC)


The titles will be added to the article and will be linked to the collections when the collections become available.


Please provide information about the coverage of this index--are all the parishes in Essex included?  If not, which ones are included and for what years?  Which parishes are taken from Bishop's Transcripts and which from Parish Registers?  Without this information this index is almost useless because the content is unknown.  In other words, am I not finding my ancestor because they weren't in Essex, or am I not finding my ancestor because the parish they were in is not included in the index?  These are two very different questions that would take a search in completely different directions.

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England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900

Having used many of the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections in my genealogical research, I must comment that this is one of the most disappointing.

The "Learn More" section is nearly all general comment about parish records, with virtually no information about the scope of this specific collection.

Individual records are also far too vague. For example, a record of the 31 Dec 1890 burial for a Thomas Webb shows the event place as "Essex, England". True, the film reference supplied narrows this down to three parishes within the county, but why is it not an indexing requirement that the parish should be stated when it has obviously been identified?

Also, there are only around 500,00 records in this collection: are we to assume the current indexing project "UK, Essex Parish Records" is to be merged into this collection or are they to be kept separate?

For a collection to be an effective means for research there must be far better background information than is provided here. Collections for the English counties of Durham and Norfolk show how well FamilySearch can provide the level of detail required. Please try to maintain these standards for all collections, especially this one, which is really not up to those expected from this excellent site.

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Kehoemw 15:51, 12 February 2013 (UTC)